North West Region

Gorton Candidate Announced

Gorton Candidate Announced

Apr 6, 2017

PRESS RELEASE UKIP MANCHESTER GORTON CANDIDATE ANNOUNCED UKIP have announced Phil Eckersley as their candidate in the forthcoming Manchester Gorton by-election. Phil, managing director of a social care company, wants to work with residents to create a better life for them. “I believe that the people of Gorton are looking for a strong and positive voice to stand up for their community. “They are a proud people who deserve the best opportunities to fulfil their potential but have been let down by successive Labour Governments and local Labour representation. “I will be standing to bring back the feeling of pride in Manchester Gorton and work to enable residents to create a better life for themselves and their families.  Labour have had it too easy in Manchester for too long, they have lost the trust of local people.   “Gorton needs something different for real change, Gorton needs UKIP,” said Phil, who was previously a qualified Quantity Surveyor.  Phil, 31, was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester and spent his early years living in Droylesden, Manchester on a council estate. Later he lived in Droylesden and Oldham  and spent most of his time striving to become a professional goalkeeper, having played for Bury FC, Rochdale FC and Oldham Athletic at YTS level. However realising that he would not reach a high enough level of standard in football he decided to concentrate on his studies. He achieved a BSc (Hons) First Class degree after studying Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying at the University of Manchester. He was then approached by Salford University upon graduation to be paid to take his Masters degree in order to continue his dissertation project and research, which he declined to pursue his career. After a total of two years in the construction industry and with the 2008 recession he decided to start up a social care company which he still runs. “I took this decision after having my own experiences of how poor care was being provided in the community and wanted to offer something better,” said Phil. At University he was a member of the Socialist Party and supported the left-wing euro-sceptic NO2EU – Yes to Democracy campaign but his left wing beliefs...

Liverpool Region Mayoral candidate

Liverpool Region Mayoral candidate

Mar 29, 2017

UKIP has announced their candidate for the role of Liverpool City Region Mayor. Paula Walters, who is chairman of UKIP Wirral, is standing on the platform of wanting to put power back in the hands of residents. Mrs Walters explained, “ I can’t promise all things to all people but I can promise to make every penny count and listen to what matters to residents of the entire region.  ‘i know there are fears that Liverpool will receive the bulk of investment and resources and I would ensure that they are distributed fairly across the region. “There are many issues that need addressing and I believe that the views of residents, whose lives are affected by each and every decision are vital to those decision making processes. “I will continue my campaign to scrap tunnel fees which I strongly believe should be part of the road network, this is just another tax on the residents both sides of the water.  Others talk of reducing them but frankly that is not good enough and they need to be abolished. “And there should not be tolls on either of the Runcorn bridges when the Mersey Gateway Bridge opens. That will be an unfair tax of both local residents and business. “I would do everything possible to help our small businesses and find it so sad to walk along our neglected high streets, once the heart of our communities, to see premises boarded up, with the the only sign of life charity shops, betting shops and payday loan businesses. “I want to see our young people taken off the scrap heap and into apprenticeships to give them aspirations and a quality of life, not the zero hour contracts that ensure the rich get richer at the expense of our future generation. “The rest is up to each and every resident and I want to be their voice,  a voice that has been shouting for too long but not heard.” Mrs Walters, who is in charge of one of the most thriving UKIP branches in the North West, lives in New Brighton with her family. A civil servant, she has qualifications including a BA in English and BSc...

Scrap the Tolls

Scrap the Tolls

Mar 27, 2017

A protest over the Mersey tunnel tolls was held by UKIP members in Wallasey today. (Mon) The party is totally opposed to the tolls and has been campaigning for several years for them to be abolished. A group of campaigners gathered on Oakdale Road overlooking the entrance to the Wallasey tunnel and their placards attracted many beeps of support from motorists in the morning rush hour on their way to Liverpool. Paul Nuttall, party leader said, “The whole idea of tolls is grossly unfair and is a stealth tax on motorists, which affects both individuals and businesses.”  UKIP’s ‘national Scrap the tolls” campaign was launched in 2002 and similar protests have been held at bridges and tunnels all over the country.  “We will be staging a protest at Runcorn Bridge, as we have done previously, in the near future. It is totally wrong that when the Mersey Gateway is opened it will mean both crossings being tolled,” said Mr Nuttall. ends Photo showing some of the protesters, including Wirral UKIP chairman, Paula Walters,...

Words are not enough

Words are not enough

Mar 23, 2017

Fine words are not enough, we must take action Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has called for action following the Jihadist attack on Westminster. He pointed out that the BBC security editor Frank Gardner has revealed that the security services must now track more than 3,000 Islamic extremists and that there are simply too many to track all the time. This is up from 1,000 a few years ago. So this problem is getting worse and is now out of control. Mr Nuttall said, “It is estimated that more than 400 jihadis have been allowed back to the UK from Syria – this is grossly irresponsible. With the military defeat of ISIS in Mosul and the likely defeat in Syria thousands of battle hardened terrorists are likely to be fleeing into Europe, with many expected to try to enter the UK. Nobody who chose to fight for ISIS should be allowed back. “Though we now know that the individual concerned was born in the UK this shows that we clearly have an integration crisis. It is time for the Government to actually start confronting practices that are dividing off Muslim communities; FGM, sharia tribunals, first cousin marriage, forced marriage, so-called “honour” violence etc etc. All are unacceptable in Britain. “Muslim communities must do far more to cut this cancer out of their midst. We need a more rigorous and assertive official approach on this. There should be no more pussyfooting around agonising whether “Prevent” strategies risk stigmatising people. Muslim citizens – just like non-Muslim ones – need to know it is simply unacceptable to be aware of radicalisation but to withhold information from the authorities. “UKIP will be the party that tells it as it is on these issues. We are on a disastrous path because of political correctness from establishment politicians. “I urge the Government to stop all Saudi funding of UK Mosques. The Government should seize assets if necessary. To do anything less is effectively to be complicit in radicalisation. Nuttall went on, “Nobody should be claiming anymore that this stuff has “nothing to do with Islam”. These acts are motivated by religious zealotry and are accurately described as Islamic extremism/terrorism as...

Westminster attack

Westminster attack

Mar 22, 2017

Statement from UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall Posted on March 22, 2017 4:11 PM UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, “A terrible attack on our democracy has taken place today. My thoughts tonight go out to the victims of this terrorist atrocity and their families. “Once again the emergency services have demonstrated the extraordinary work they do on our behalf. That a police officer is among the dead underlines the debt of gratitude we all owe those who work to keep us safe. “In the coming hours and days more information will doubtlesly emerge about the attacker or attackers and their motivation. In the meantime everyone should resolve that terrorism will never beat...

Tory NIC U-Turn

Tory NIC U-Turn

Mar 15, 2017

Tory disarray on National Insurance shows UKIP is the party for strivers Published UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall MEP has welcomed the Chancellor’s U-Turn over applying National Insurance to the self employed and sole traders. “It is good that the Chancellor is listening, at least to us in UKIP, some of his own backbenchers and much of the media. But his basic point that this was a breach of a manifesto commitment is hardly the issue. The point is that they thought they could get away with hitting the self employed. “What is clear from his statement is that both he and the Prime Minister were perfectly happy to hammer a section of society who the Tories feel are their expendable electoral infantry. That Jeremy Corbyn failed to mention the NIC raid in his budget response, and then hardly mentioned it after the Chancellor’s U-Turn just shows how this group of men and women, 2.84 million of them, the engine room of our economy and the key driving force behind the country’s growth and prosperity, are ignored and punished for their efforts. “It is increasingly clear that the party of the drivers, the strivers and the entrepreneurs is...