Leave our appliances alone

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More EU hot air over less hot air has been condemned by UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

“The lunatics running the asylum are now contemplating banning high wattage household devices such as hair dryers, kettles and smartphones.

“Not content with the ridiculous prohibition on vacuum cleaners over 1,600 watts from Monday the Brussels bureaucrats have their eyes set on about 30 other electrical items.

“This, like their other stupid ban on incandescent light bulbs, is all to meet their self-imposed target of energy savings of 30 per cent across the EU by 2030 to tackle climate change.

“It’s like King Canute hopelessly trying to hold back the tide, they should make themselves a nice cup of tea with their high power kettles and leave sensible people to get on with their sensible lives,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

A draft study ordered by the European Commission has identified up to 30 electrical appliances including wifi routers, lawn mowers, smart phones and kettles that could be covered by the EU’s Ecodesign directive outlawing high-wattage devices.

“It’s not just people in their own homes who will be affected but businesses such as hairdressers who use powerful hairdryers to get customers’ hair dried as quickly as possible for their mutual benefit,” said Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP.

“There really is no area of our lives into which these nannying Eurocrats won’t stick their nose. They have set an impossible energy reduction target which is pointless since other countries such as China and India are building hundreds of coal fired power plants and climate change is not man-made anyway.

“They should butt out of our lives and we should escape their rules and regulations by leaving the EU,” he added.


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Figures show Immigration control farce


Government Ministers’ claims to ‘control migration at sustainable levels’ are a nonsense, said local MEP Paul Nuttall.

“And today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics prove that the government’s idea of controlling immigration is a complete farce.”

The figures show that in the year up to March, there has been a a ‘statistically significant’ increase in net migration into the UK from 175,000 to 243,000, 

EU citizens accounted for two-thirds of the increase.

“The Prime Minister has pledged to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by 2015, well good luck with that Dave, as his hands are completely tied by the EU and he has no intention of withdrawing Britain from its grip.

“Interestingly, and as predicted by UKIP last year, people from Romania and Bulgaria contribute to the latest figures, with a rise up to 28,000 from 12,000 in the previous 12 months,” said Mr Nuttall, the party’s deputy leader.

“These ONS statistics also show a rise in the amount of people in the UK who were born abroad, 12.4% of the UK’s “usual population” in 2013, an increase from 8.9% in 2004. There was also a rise in the number who had non-British nationality, from 5% to 7.8%.

“This all puts enormous pressure on housing, education and health services and it is no wonder our public services are creaking under the load. Enough is enough and this is too much. We must tighten our borders and leave the EU,” added Mr Nuttall.


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Education key to social Mobility


The domination of the country’s top jobs by those educated at fee-paying schools must change, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall today.

“The report by Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission makes worrying reading and shows that the country is basically run by a chummy club.

“The high percentage of the privately educated among politicians, the judiciary, armed forces and media is not representative of the general population and it is no wonder that the man in the street feels they are out of touch,” said Mr Nuttall, the party’s Education spokesman.

“This report shows Britain is a deeply elitist country and that must change. It harks back to a much earlier age but life has moved on and social mobility demands more.

“The key lies in improving standards in state schools and it is essential we bring back grammar schools which truly provide a level playing field for all.

“Ambition is vital to success and it can be achieved from whatever background with top class teachers dedicated to their work,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, who was himself educated at a state comprehensive school.

“Students from all backgrounds should be educated to the highest standards so that the divide between the state and privately educated is reduced. And instead of pushing virtually all students to go to university it should be for those with the highest grades who can then be more competitive in the jobs market. “

The study analysed the backgrounds of more than 4,000 individuals. It found that more than seven in 10 senior judges, two-thirds of senior armed forces officers, over half of permanent secretaries and senior diplomats, and a third of the England cricket team had attended a fee-paying school. Only 7 per cent of pupils in the UK are educated at independent institutions.

The figures showed similarly high concentrations of graduates from Oxford and Cambridge in influential jobs, including 47 per cent of newspaper columnists, 38 per cent of the House of Lords, and 24 per cent of MPs. In the adult population as a whole, fewer than 1 per cent are Oxford or Cambridge graduates.

“Change will not come overnight but demanding the highest standards from state schools will lead the way,” said Mr Nuttall.


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Proposed E-cig ban criticised


A ban on using e-cigarettes indoors being proposed by the World Health Organization could hinder smokers attempts to give up smoking, said UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today.

“They want them to be banned both in public spaces and in work places on the basis that exhaled e-cigarette vapour could increase the background air levels of some toxicants and nicotine.

“Yet at the same time they say that there should be no claims that the devices can help people quit smoking until there is evidence to support this.

“They demand evidence for one but are happy to propose restricting people’s freedom without proof of the other,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“Their experts say the devices may also pose a threat to adolescents and the foetuses of pregnant women. Again they seem to be making assumptions yet tobacco is far more dangerous to unborn children.

“They should treat adults as adults and leave them to make informed choices rather than introducing a ban.  Their proposal to prohibit e-cigarettes to children is, however, sensible as it brings it in line with the age for tobacco sales,” he added.

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Note: A Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency report on a 2011 public consultation found that 41% of ‘vapers’ said that a ban on e-cigarettes would send them back to smoking tobacco.



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Fake Cigarette Warning


A report highlighting the dangers of counterfeit cigarettes has been welcomed by MEP Paul Nuttall, who campaigns against plain packaging for tobacco products.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that black market cigarettes create fire risks, damage businesses and cost £3bn a year in unpaid duty

“I would never encourage anyone to smoke but those who choose to do so should not be at risk of unwittingly buying cigarettes filled with human excrement, dead flies, rat droppings, mould and asbestos,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“The LGA has also pointed out that fake cigarettes pose a fire risk because they are not designed to extinguish when not actively smoked. Often they have much higher levels of toxic ingredients such as cadmium, arsenic, tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide and lead, than genuine cigarettes.

“People prefer to pay the lowest price they can for goods, including cigarettes and rolling tobacco, which is why the black market thrives. It is right that councils should do everything they can to tackle the illicit trade in fake cigarettes but their uphill task should not be made even more difficult by the government’s plain packaging plans,”

“Introducing such uniform packaging will make it even easier for the counterfeiters and should not be given the go-ahead here.

“Plain packaging does not work at deterring smokers as has recently been shown by sales figures in Australia which showed an increase,” said Mr Nuttall, Euro-MP for the North West.


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English Parliament Poll Welcomed

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A major poll in support of the establishment of an English Parliament was welcomed today by UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

“It showed that 54% of those surveyed believe it is time that England should have its own parliament, four times as many as disagreed with the idea.

“This result comes on the heels of earlier opinion polls also showing that the English are in favour of the concept but I think that the debate over possible Scottish independence has brought it to the fore,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“I personally have been pushing for the establishment of an English Parliament and this latest survey, carried out the Edinburgh and Cardiff Universities, vindicates my views.

“People are increasingly fed up with the Scots getting free prescriptions and university tuition fees and their MPs voting on laws that only apply to England.

“There is a growing sense of unfairness and as it is likely that the Scottish government will get more powers, whatever the result of the referendum, that feeling is likely to increase.

“61% of those surveyed think Scotland gets more than its fair share of public spending and 62% think it wrong that that Scottish MPs can vote on laws that apply only to England.

“The poll revealed the majority want a new English Parliament dealing with English matters. It is plainly unfair that both Scottish and Welsh MPs can vote on English-only legislation but English MPs can have no say in Scotland and Wales.

“There clearly needs to a rebalancing of power – and sooner rather than later,” he added.


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Flaws in Lib Dem claims highlighted



UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has highlighted that flaws have been revealed in claims made by Lib Dem Ministers, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander, over huge job losses if Britain left the EU.

They have claimed that three million jobs would be at risk and Mr Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said in June this year, that ‘the latest Treasury analysis shows that 3.3 million British jobs are connected to Britain’s place in Europe.’

But Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, said today, “However, Treasury officials have confirmed that the figure ‘is not an estimate of the impact of EU membership on employment’.”

“And this is not new analysis at all.  Danny Alexander’s remarks are based on imprecise and simplistic methodology more than ten years old and cited countless times before, as research by Open Europe has revealed.

“There is no doubt that UK would continue to export to the EU after withdrawal from it and the alleged three million jobs loss bandied around by Europhiles such as the Lib Dems is nothing more than inaccurate scaremongering.

“We live in a global market, and no one believes that if we left the EU companies like Renault would stop selling their cars here and sack the dealership staff, yet that is what Clegg’s figures assume. Likewise, France’s population aren’t going to stop buying our goods and services.

“Britain desperately needs to leave and regain its sovereignty and ensure a prosperous future freed from the EU rules and regulations hampering business and growth,” said  Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP.



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A-levels dumbed-down to make money – UKIP Says








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A-level students are being sold short by a profit-seeking education ‘industry’ – says UKIP’s National Education spokesman, on the day it is announced A-level pass rates are at over 98%.

The figures come out at the same time universities say there will be an extra 30,000 university places available this year, estimating that some half-a-million young people will take up places on degree courses in Autumn.

UKIP’s deputy leader and spokesman for education, Paul Nuttall said: “Whilst I congratulate all the young people that worked hard over the last two years, they are being let down by those with a financial interest and profit motive in the new Education Industry.

“Three exam boards compete to sell their curriculums to schools, so do it on the basis they are easy to pass, and will make the school look good.

“This ‘everyone’s a winner’ scenario is not helpful as it makes it impossible for universities to differentiate between students when filling their courses.”

Although there has been a slight downturn in the results, this may be because students are now limited in the number of retakes available.

Universities are likely to have a record number of spare places this year, and have relaxed some of the grade requirements for the first time in recent years, as they struggle to fill their courses.

Mr Nuttall added: “Universities are more concerned about making money than ever before, and I am seriously concerned that by relaxing their entry requirements many students that would never have normally been offered a place will find it too difficult and there’ll be a lot dropping out over the next 12 months.”

“For example, I know of one student who achieved two C grades and a D, but had still gained a university place for which the original offer had been three grade Bs.

Mr Nuttall finished: “The priority of education should be to prepare our young people for a successful and functional career, it is supposed to set them up for life.

“Nowadays it seems to be an industry happy to make a lot of money out of them, even if they will end up with a useless degree and thrown on the scrap heap with debts upwards of £60k.


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