EU candle plan should be snuffed


EU plans to regulate candles should be snuffed out, said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

“Which overpaid and under-worked jobsworths in a Brussels dreamt up this latest madness? I bet they think they are a bright spark. I think they’re a waste of space.



“We all know that tragically fires do occasionally happen because of candles but that is down to human error and not because they are a millimetre too tall or wide. EU ‘elf ’n safety meddling won’t save lives but will cost money, especially for small manufacturers,” he said.

The EU rules, contained in a four page document, talk of ‘European standards for candles, candle supports, containers and accessories’ in accordance with official EU product safety instructions.

Candles ‘shall remain stable’ while burning with a holder or container, and that flames ‘shall have a maximum height which shall be established at a safe level.’

“Everyone already knows that candles need to be stable to be safe and we don’t need the same clowns who have already banned our traditional lightbulbs interfering,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“There are massive problems facing Europe which need urgent answers but here we have another example of the EU solving a problem that doesn’t exist.

“While they are at it are they also planning to outlaw Christingle services with all those children carrying life threatening candles in churches up and down the land? Frankly no edict from Brussels could surprise me any more.

“The EU has money to burn – including our £55m a day – and here they are using candles to set fire to some of it,” he added.


We must realise who our enemy is


Naïve politics will provide no answer to the ongoing civil war in Syria and the forces of so-called Islamic State, says Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall.
He told a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that instead of empty rhetoric, it was time for the West to reach out to countries like Russia, China and India to tackle Islamic extremists.
Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West region and a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, also warned against treating Russian President Vladimir Putin as a pariah.
He said: “We must first realise who our enemy is and who our enemy is not. We must not see foreign policy through the eyes of the student common room.
“We must realise that geopolitics is not a case of simply black and white but are very often grey areas, and we must be grown up enough to say sometimes my enemy’s enemy is my friend, just as we did in World War Two with Joseph Stalin.
“We need to bring together a grand coalition of nations which includes not just the Western powers, but also Russia, China, India and Muslim nations as well.
“We must come together to cut out the cancer of radical Islamism which brought carnage onto the streets of Paris and I believe will no doubt attempt to repeat the same evil on the streets of another European city sometime soon.
“We need to admit also that Bashar al-Assad is not the threat to global peace in comparison to the Islamism of Islamic State. But we must also look at ourselves and ask have our policies aided the terrorists and sadly the answer is yes.”
Mr Nuttall told the parliament that he had visited the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek last week, seeing at first hand the “ghettos” that have been allowed to develop.
He said: “I was saddened by what I saw but unfortunately I was not surprised. It is a snapshot of everything that has gone wrong with failed policies of political correctness and aggressive multiculturalism.
“It is a ghetto where many home-grown jihadists live, ebbed on by Saudi sponsored Wahhabism.”
Full text and video of Paul Nuttall’s speech to European Parliament:

24 hour drinking is a failure

The 24 hour drinking culture experiment – celebrating a dubious 10th anniversary on Tuesday, November 24 – has failed in this country and should be scrapped, says UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

The MEP for the North West said the one result to emerge from the decade of all-day drinking was a rise in alcohol-crime and anti-social behaviour.


He said: “It was heralded as the way forward to bring us in line with the continent but we have a very different drinking culture in this country and that tradition served us well.

“This Labour-inspired experiment has been very painful and costly for this country in terms of alcohol-related incidents.

“A survey by the Institute of Alcohol Studies has shown there is a culture of fear among emergency service workers about being attacked when dealing with such incidents and many police officers are rightly calling for an end to 24 hour licensing.

“These are the people in the front line and their views should be listened to and acted upon as a matter of urgency.

“Even Andy Burnham, who was in charge of the policy, has since admitted it was ‘a mistake’.”

Pubs, clubs and supermarkets in England and Wales were allowed to apply for longer opening licences after the introduction of 24 hour drinking in 2005, following legislation passed two years earlier.

The IAS study surveyed nearly 5,000 police officers, ambulance staff, NHS medics and firefighters, and three-quarters of police officers and 50% of ambulance staff reported they had been injured while handling drink-related violence.

Mr Nuttall said: “It is clearly time to return to the traditional closing times of 11pm for pubs and 2-3am for clubs.

“This will not only make it far easier for the police to cope but will reduce the amount of violence saving innocent people from injury and the huge cost to the NHS.

“At the same time the government should introduce a level playing field for pubs and supermarkets so that instead of people getting tanked up on cheap supermarket booze before they go out they will be more inclined to go to the pub.

“These are still closing at the rate of 29 a week, largely because they cannot compete with the supermarket prices and the impact of the smoking ban, and this flood of closures needs to be halted.”


Energy concerns raised

Dear Editor,

Closing UK’s coal-fired power stations within a decade will light up the environmentally-correct brigade with joy but that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.

I understand the leaning for new gas-fired and nuclear replacements but until they are functioning we should not be arranging to close down these existing power stations, which provide approximately a quarter of all the UK’s electricity.coal

It’s all very well the National Grid claiming that we don’t need to worry about the lights going out but I do worry about it. And I also worry about the tens of thousands living in fuel poverty, particularly pensioners.

We are all aware that winter has definitely arrived now and for many elderly folk that is literally a chilling thought, having to choose between eating or heating. And a major reason is the high cost of energy because of green levies on our energy bills resulting from the impossible carbon emission targets demanded by the EU.

This country’s energy needs have been badly neglected for decades and a coherent, comprehensive and long term solution is needed. One that will assure supplies and cheap prices, not one cobbled together aimed at appeasing the EU and hot air climate summit meetings.

Energy minister Amber Rudd is proposing the coal-fired station closures under the banner of energy security but it doesn’t seem very secure to me if she means ever more dependence on politically unstable sources like Russia.

Meanwhile Germany is currently building or refurbishing a couple of dozen coal-fired plants. Why is the UK planning to close ours when other EU countries are building them and Poland is refusing to give up its coal capacity?

Yours faithfully 

Paul Nuttall MEP

EU waste exposed


Details of the vast amounts of taxpayers’ money the European Union spends promoting itself have been exposed in a new booklet by local MEP Paul Nuttall.

He says the publication offers voters a more balanced view of how cash is spent on pro-EU propaganda by Brussels bureaucrats.

One example in the booklet – entitled Big Spenders, and available as a free download – is the EU’s decision to build a £137 million so-called “European House of History”. BIGSP

Mr Nuttall, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, described the plan as “a massive folly”.

He said: “This European House of History is a massive folly aimed at promoting an awareness of European identity.

“The problem is the ‘history’ only begins after 1945 following the Second World War – or the European Civil War as it will be described, because MEPs disagreed on every significant historical event in the last 200 years.

“It is another example of how the Eurocrats’ total indifference to the austerity cuts, which have brought countries such as Greece to their knees and caused misery to countless millions, knows no bounds.

“They throw money around like confetti, but with member states having to hand over vast sums to be in this club, they are arrogantly impervious to criticism.

“The UK alone has to pay £55 million a day to be a member, so no wonder the EU can afford to spend billions on self-promotion – otherwise known as propaganda.” 

Other vanity projects highlighted in the booklet include an £18 million visitors’ centre in Brussels, which received fewer tourists last year than Keswick’s Pencil Museum.

Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West and deputy leader of Ukip, said the publication is about “extravagance, waste and propaganda” in Brussels, and points out that the EU has not had its accounts signed off for nearly 20 years.

He added: “Few people know a lot about the EU and its workings and I have put this booklet together to explain the basics in layman’s terms.

“It is vital that the public understands European Union spending ahead of the upcoming referendum.”

Also in the booklet is information about the estimated £928 million cost of holding parliamentary sessions in the EU’s “second seat” in Strasbourg, France, between 2014 and 2020.

It highlights that the 540-mile round trip from Brussels to Strasbourg each month makes a mockery of the EU’s claim to be green.

Mr Nuttall said: “The monthly greenhouse gas emissions produced by the trip just one way by bureaucrats, MEPs and staff is equivalent to 13,000 round-trip flights between London to New York.

“Cutting back on just one month’s travel would save in the region of £12.7 million and 1,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

“Ironically we are actually at risk of the lights going out to conserve energy – all so that the UK can meet EU emissions targets.”

Big Spenders can be downloaded for free by clicking on the booklet image above or by clicking here:




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