North West Region

Self-employed under attack

Self-employed under attack

Mar 10, 2017

Dear Editor, For a party supposedly of “wealth creation”, it is difficult to see how they could present their Spring Budget that has been described by some as “boring” yet will have detrimental effects to some 2.45 million self-employed people, entrepreneurs, who represent the future of the UK. The Chancellor has increased National Insurance Contributions (NIC) to the self-employed by 2% , which will add around £1,000 to their tax bills. These are the very people that we should be encouraging rather than discouraging as we prepare to leave the EU. He said that it was fair, as the self-employed enjoyed the same service as those who are employed, but he did not mention their risks, responsibilities as well as they do not get holiday or sick pay. While for man who appears to lack any humour, his jokes, at the expense of Labour were quite good, but his budget could have been delivered by Labour’s Gordon Brown. Chancellor Philip Hammond has clearly broken a 2015 election promise from David Cameron, that if elected a Tory Government would not increase Income Tax, NIC or VAT, as a result the Conservatives won, while 22 months on millions who voted for them are about to lose out.  While they are happy to hand out over £13 billion every year (and set to rise as the economy grows) in overseas aid, in many cases to corrupt regimes, this Tory Government appear determined to punish its entrepreneurs. How can they be trusted on anything ?  Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Holding establishment to account

Holding establishment to account

Feb 26, 2017

Dear Editor, In last June`s referendum 17.4 million of us voted to leave the EU in order to take back control of our country, including immigration, controlling our borders and making our own laws, which for the last forty four years our politicians had outsourced to the EU. The Brexiteers won and when Teresa May became PM, she made it very clear that “Brexit means Brexit” respecting the will of the people and despite the constant barracking from the Remainers. However,  David Davis, the EU Exit Secretary on a visit to Estonia stated that we we were not  going to “suddenly shut the door” on foreign workers jobs when we leave the bloc, adding that it would take several years before British-born workers were ready to take over the jobs that are currently done by migrants. Whilst nobody expects that migrants should be expelled, we expect that we control the numbers coming in, that’s what we voted for and considering Mr Davis was a leading Brexiteer his statement is quite extraordinary.  While we won the referendum battle itself we now we have to win the war and that means holding the political establishment to account to ensure that we get exactly what we voted for. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Council cash row

Council cash row

Feb 9, 2017

Dear Editor, In reply to Cllr Phil Davies’ remarks about Wirral council budget reductions I appreciate that Government cuts to council budgets are a major concern, in Wirral`s case £132 million. But it is a wake up call for them to cut their cloth accordingly and stop building political empires out of residents money, in this case parking charges ! Governments, both national and local, when there is a shortage of money always look to the motorist as a “cash cow” and tax accordingly. To them motorists are an easy target, but they don’t think it through. It will put even more strains on household budgets and put many local businesses and jobs at risk by driving shoppers to places that offer free parking. Why, at a time when they are proposing draconian parking charges, have they agreed to create a new senior job with a budget of £80,000 being allocated for the position (which I suspect will rise), and why did they have to pass an order preventing councillors from asking questions about it? What ever happened to democracy? It is a clear case for reducing the number of councillors and with it greater savings. Like many people, I believe that we should not be giving over £12 billion of taxpayers hard earned money away in overseas foreign aid, in may cases to corrupt and unaccountable regimes and to countries that don’t need it. Charity begins at home and in our case that means the vast amount of underfunded projects that the UK and local councils have. I would remind Cllr Davies, that despite his disparaging remarks against Wirral UKIP, we have almost four million supporters nationally and in Wirral we have polled more votes than the Lib Dems, Greens and Independents put together in the last three local elections. Our support continues to grow in Wirral as it does elsewhere as voters maintain their distrust of the establishment parties. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Come join the team in Stoke

Come join the team in Stoke

Jan 31, 2017

Last Saturday was our first official action day for the Stoke-on-Trent Central By-Election. Paul was supported by hundreds of members from up and down the country knocking on doors, delivering leaflets and speaking to people in the city centre.  Paul has had a positive response on the doorstep with former Labour supporters and non-voters alike giving their backing to UKIP. The Labour candidate Gareth Snell is an ardent Remainer and has not been well received in the slightest. Our new campaign headquarters is located in one of the busiest parts of the city outside the shopping centre and is unmissable. This Sunday is our next official action day and, with your help it promises to be our biggest one yet so join Paul and the campaign team from 8am (Canvassing from 10am) at 1 Piccadilly, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1DB and let us lift our leader into the House of Commons where he belongs – just in time to back Article 50, the mechanism for leaving the European Union.  The campaign office can be contacted on 0333 800 6 800. If you are travelling to Stoke by rail, please note that Stoke-on-Trent railway station is roughly a 5 minute taxi journey or 25 minute walk to the centre of Hanley high street. Regular buses also operate the route. If you are travelling by car, please note that the campaign office is in a pedestrianised area however there are a number of parking options available within a 2 minute walk.   With Many Thanks UKIP North...

Protect our NHS

Protect our NHS

Jan 31, 2017

Speaking at a UKIP event in Stoke, Paul Nuttall, UKIP leader, North-West England MEP and candidate in the Stoke Central by election said: “Yes they may well have founded [the NHS] in 1948, but today they have come to resemble an abusive parent. “I refuse to be hectored by a party that oversaw the Mid Staffs scandal. A scandal for which no one in senior management was sacked! “I refuse to be lectured to by a party that allowed MRSA to become commonplace on our wards. “I refuse to be accused of wanting to privatise the NHS by a party that actually did privatise 5% of our health service when they were in power. “I also refuse to take criticism from a party whose two most prominent members of the House of Lords – Winston and Warner – have called for people to be charged to see their GP. “And finally, I refuse to take lessons from a party that has saddled the NHS with a debt of nearly 80 billion pounds through the signing of crazy PFI contracts.  “I now want to make something crystal clear: UKIP has never and will never – under my leadership – enter any election calling for the privatisation of the NHS. Full stop. “I want to repeat this: UKIP will never – under my leadership – enter any election calling for the privatisation of the NHS. Period.” Read more HERE...

BMA report slammed

BMA report slammed

Jan 30, 2017

Dear Editor, Most people will find it quite amazing at a time of massive problems within the NHS that the BMA has found time to indulge themselves in political correctness by producing guide-lines to their 156,000 doctor members on how to deal with patients. They advise that pregnant women should not be referred to as expectant mothers but as “expectant people”. The elderly as “older people,” disabled lifts as “accessible lifts” and those who are biologically male or female should be called “assigned male or female”. All of this “aimed at promoting an inclusive workplace” and referring to maternity and pregnancy it says “ Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men”. Political correctness is the invisible enemy, whereby people are intimidated into surrendering their long held and common sense views by people with an agenda to change society into their own rather bland and dull world of socialism which stifles freedoms. The BMA should stop playing their political games and get on with the job that they are paid to do and also think of real ways to improve the NHS and with it the patients that they treat. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...