Anger over Chilcot


News that the Chilcot report will not be published until after the General Election smacks of the establishment protecting itself, said UKIP’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall MEP.

“Heaven forbid the public should be able to base their voting decisions on facts not spin. iraqinquiry

“The delay until after the election is purely designed to protect the establishment parties that decided to misled the public and take the country to war on a false premise.

“It’s findings will no doubt damage the establishment, and the Westminster bubble fears people may decide to vote for the newer parties that opposed the whole debacle.”

Mr Nuttall, local MEP, added, “This war put the country at risk, and this delay shows that although they don’t care about protecting the public, they will pull out all the stops to protect themselves.”

The Chilcot Inquiry was commissioned in 2009 to establish the facts surrounding Britain’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, and concluded in 2011 having interviewed over 100 people including the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

An online petition urging the Government to release the Chilcot Report before the general election has been launched by UKIP and Mr Nuttall is urging people to sign it. It can be found here:



Vince Cable: Staggeringly arrogant

UKIP deputy leader calls Vince Cable “staggeringly arrogant”

Day Three Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall today accused Vince Cable of being “staggeringly arrogant” after the Business Secretary told senior EU officials the Conservative promise to hold a referendum on EU membership is “actually dangerous.”

Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, said, “If it is Cable’s opinion that giving the British people their say on one of the most important political questions is dangerous, then he has some cheek referring to himself as a Liberal ‘Democrat’.”

“It displays a staggering level of arrogance that Cable believes the British public should not be trusted to decide who governs their own country.

“UKIP wholeheartedly believes that the European question should be settled in a full, free and fair referendum like any true democrat would argue.

“Cable’s position reveals the true opinion of the LibLabCon on the European question and by saying such derogatory statements about the British public it is only persuading more people that UKIP is the radical, viable and practical way to get our country back,” he said.



Labour tuition fees plan under fire

Talk of Labour plans to limit its proposed £6,000 cap on tuition fees to ‘useful’ STEM subjects shows they are ‘still behind the game’, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

“Our policy is remove the young people who have shown ability from having to pay tuition fees at all if they take a degree course in the sciences, technology, maths or medicine.

“Labour’s proposal goes nowhere near as far and shows that they really aren’t in touch with the financial reality of many people’s lives.

“I have always been opposed to tuition fees and as I predicted they have saddled our bright young people with a debt that many will never be able to repay,” said Mr Nuttall, party Education spokesman.

“These fees also hit students from poorer backgrounds the hardest, the very people that Labour purports to represent.

“UKIP would scrap Labour’s nonsensical idea of sending 50% of 18-year-olds to university and introduce grants being means tested where family income exceeds £80,000,” he said.



No to ‘civic obligation’ voting plan

A proposal to make voting a ‘civic obligation’ is not the right way forward, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

“It is sad that the turnout at election time is usually depressingly low but I don’t think we should force people to vote,” said the MEP.

Ballot boxHis comments were made on the day that Labour MP’s David Winnick motion to make it a ‘civic obligation’ is to be debated in the House of Commons.

“What is really needed is to engage people in politics, both locally and nationally, though that is a hard task as professional politicians have made it so boring.

“But it can be done, think of Scotland’s independence referendum which resulted in an 85% turnout. People engaged on both sides of the debate and we should learn lessons from that.

“Also a proportional voting system would be better way and could well encourage the electorate to make their views known at the ballot box.

“Postal voting has been pushed as a way of increasing the vote but that comes with the danger of electoral fraud, as has been demonstrated in various parts of the country,” said Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP.

“The turnout at local elections is particularly low, except when it coincides with a General Election but even then the turnout in 2010 was only 65.1%.

“I would love to see a much higher turnout but people are entitled to make their own decisions in life and compulsory voting is not the way,” he said.


Reinstate national border controls

Best way to fight terrorism is to reinstate national border controls – Paul Nuttall MEP

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 13 January 2015

• Bluecard Question: Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group – @paulnuttallukipnuttall-13-01-2015-BC-verhof-275
– Response: Guy VERHOFSTADT MEP (Belgium), President, Liberal group (ALDE)

• Debate: Conclusions of the European Council meeting (18 December 2014)

Fears over school places provision

Fears that schools are under intolerable pressure to provide places have been voiced by UKIP Education spokesman Paul Nuttall MEP.

“Official figures predict that there may be around 900,000 extra pupils in England’s schools over the next decade and this could push schools over the edge.

“Research by the Local Government Association shows it will cost £12 billion to create enough school places for all of these children. The government has so far pledged £7.35 billion to create more places, but that will not be enough. CLASS

“Although the UK birth rate fell in 2013 by the largest annual amount in nearly 40 years it had been rising in previous years and may well do so again. Of the

698,512 births more than a quarter were to mothers born outside the UK, an increase to 26.5% compared with 25.9% the previous year.

“Migrants coming to this country from outside the European Economic Area tend to have more children than most Brits and that is exacerbating the problem.

“It is primary schools that face the greatest pressure and it is essential that sufficient places are funded. Some schools will physically run out of space for extra classrooms and such development tends to eat into playing field provision, which is tragic as children need more not less exercise.

“The LGA is calling on the government to commit to funding the creation of school places and hand councils the powers to open new schools, for both primary and secondary-age pupils, before time runs out and that is something I wholeheartedly support.

“The Tories say it is the fault of the previous Labour government but instead of playing the blame game they need to urgently address the problem and properly provide for our children,” said Mr Nuttall.


Follow Paul on Twitter:


UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England