Category Archives: Letters

Questions must be asked

Dear Editor,

A report highlighting language difficulties amongst refugees and ayslum seekers when accessing local health services is a serious concern that must be addressed and I commend the Support for Wigan Arrivals Project for providing English lessons for those in need.

However, let us keep in mind that due to an ongoing civil war and threats from Islamic State the recent influx of so-called refugees are supposedly from Syria. Genuine refugees from this part of the world will no doubt have Arabic or Kurdish as their primary language. I can’t imagine it would be difficult to find suitable and affordable interpreters for Arabic and Kurdish into English. 

Sadly, the war in Syria has been used as a smokescreen to enable millions of mostly young men, not of Syrian origin, to come into Europe for the promise of a better economical life. And who would blame them? Surely the question must be asked as to why some of those claiming to be refugees are not carrying any form of official identity such as a passport or driver’s licence?

Our GP’s surgeries are already at breaking point without having to cope with an influx of undocumented migrants and it is local residents who will be paying the price by waiting even longer for a doctor’s appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Nuttall MEP

Good luck to local farmers

Dear Editor,

I would like to wish the Gill family the very best of luck as they begin selling raw milk from their cows directly from the farm in an effort to stay in business.

Whilst not wishing to wade into the argument about whether unpasteurised milk is suitable or safe – that should be a matter for the consumer – the direction the Gill family are taking their business highlights a very real concern facing dairy farmers up and down the country. cow

Over the past 20 years or so, dairy farmers have been squeezed by an oversupply of cheap milk from Europe, meanwhile aggressive practices from big supermarket chains such as Tesco have been instrumental in forcing milk prices below the cost to produce it.

Farmers who are able to sell their milk directly to consumers represents a win-win for the industry and the general public. Since 1996, we have lost 600,000 cows whilst the number of registered dairy producers has fallen by 61%. 

This is unsustainable in the long term and therefore I would like to see innovative farmers such as the Gills take back control of their livelihood and be given even more freedom to sell directly to the consumer.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Nuttall, Burnley UKIP MEP

Bring back weekly collections

Dear Editor,

As a long-standing advocate of regular, weekly bin collections for household waste, I warned back in 2008 that a move to fortnightly collections would result in an increase in fly-tipping.

What I could not foresee however, was that Liverpool was to become a dumping ground for illegal waste from other local authorities, courtesy of unscrupulous gangs looking to profit from rubbish build-up. bins

With the council already spending £1 million on a clear up operation of the waste and with the prospect of more councils moving to three or even four weekly waste collections, this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

Liverpool Council should, as a first step, look to reintroduce regular weekly collections. However I would also call on Mayor Joe Anderson to use his supposed influence to lobby neighbouring councils to follow suit.

Yours sincerely

Paul Nuttall MEP

Boundary change concerns

Dear Editor.

I fully understand the genuine concerns facing residents in Wirral who now face rather drastic changes to Westminster boundaries and the loss of one MP following the recent boundary review.

Voters naturally get accustomed to existing seats, especially when they reflect geographical or demographic realities and there will always be an argument that tinkering with boundaries accounts for nothing more than so-called ‘gerrymandering’ by whichever party implements any changes. ballot-box

Whether we change the boundaries or leave them as they are, it will make not one iota of difference in ensuring that voters are fairly represented. We will still end up in a situation where most voters live in safe seats that hardly, if ever, change hands meaning that MPs can take your vote for granted.

Only by introducing an element of proportional representation like they have for the assemblies in Wales and London for example will voters be fairly represented by a variety of MPs from different parties and holding different views.

Yours sincerely

Paul Nuttall MEP

Grammar School proposals welcomed

Dear Editor,

Full marks for Theresa May in championing new grammar schools.

The re-introduction of such schools has been a policy that I and UKIP have been backing for many years and I am delighted that our new Prime Minister takes the same view.

Her proposals are very much a step in the right direction and I hope that they come to fruition as soon as possible.blackboardsch

It is sad that there are those, who for their own mixed reasons, want to slam shut this gateway to social mobility which has been declining for decades.

Grammar schools give children from all backgrounds the chance to get the very best education and every parent wants that for their child. And it seems that Theresa May has the determination to make that a reality for which future generations will be immensely grateful. 

Ex-education secretary Nicky Morgan, who talks of the proposals undermining ‘progressive education reform’, should think on why if that is so marvellous the UK is lagging behind in international league tables for education.

It is vital that our youngsters get the best possible start in life and grammar schools are the way forward.

Yours sincerely

Paul Nuttall MEP

EU funding myth debunked

Dear Editor.

Before anyone who is upset with the result of the recent EU referendum points out that European Social Fund money has contributed to the recent awarding of £10.6 million grant to the Golden Gates Housing Trust, let me take this opportunity to debunk any so-called EU funding to Cheshire and Warrington.

Over the past decade or so, you will not have failed to see, either here or elsewhere in the North West, big signs urging us to be thankful for ‘EU’ money going towards one project or another. However it has been nothing but a ruse.

In the 2007-2013 period, Cheshire contributed a whopping £535 million into the EU coffers whilst it only received a measly £150 million back in structural and development funding. For every £1 Cheshire received from the EU, the county effectively had already paid in £3.58. eu}nopl

If we had voted to ‘Remain’, Cheshire’s contributions would have gone up and its grants would have fallen as poorer countries join the EU. 

Now that the dust has settled on the referendum result, it is high time that we remove the EU flag and banish any notion that the EU has been using anything but our own money to fund local projects.

Yours sincerely

Paul Nuttall MEP

New properties plan slammed

Dear Editor,

The plan for the construction of 75 new properties on a greenfield site off Accrington Road in Whalley is a disaster waiting to happen, and I urge the Parish Council to send a strong message of rejection of the plan before it goes to Ribble Valley Council.

The floods that hit Lancashire last winter were a harsh reminder of the damage flooding can do to people’s homes. If we build on land that is already prone to flooding and constant waterlogging, the end result will be even more families having their lives ruined when a larger than anticipated level of sustained rainfall occurs.

There are empty homes all over Lancashire that could be put to better use, whilst there are countless brownfield sites that could be cleared to make way for new housing developments. At the last General Election, UKIP proposed that new homes on brownfield sites should be exempt from stamp duty and VAT.

Building on green, open spaces may be cheap in the short term but it will come at the grave cost of residents being unable to suitably insure their homes from a flood that could be just one bad winter away.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP

Wirral Council shame

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Dear Editor,

Wirral Council should hang their heads in shame for allowing Bromborough cemetery to fall into such an appalling state that bereaved family members can barely see headstones or make their way through the grounds.

Under no circumstances should such a place of sombre reflection and remembrance of those we have lost be allowed to suffer from the kind of neglect that it makes you wonder whether the council have any respect for the dead at all. 

These problems appear to have been going on for four years. To me, that confirms the council simply do not care and are only acting now because it has been brought to public attention.

Wirral Council need to pull their finger out now and clean up this cemetery before it becomes a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP

The people have spoken

Dear Editor,

I must congratulate those who had the courage of their convictions to vote Brexit last Thursday.

I know it was a hard decision for some made after considerable agonising and others faced of opposition from friends, colleagues and relatives.

But, even after the furore that has now exploded, I can assure them it was definitely the right choice and once the dust has settled they will see that for sure.  

My thanks also go to the hard working campaigners – from across the political spectrum – who fought for leaving the EU and refused to be cowed by Project Fear.

It was a democratic election and it goes against those principles to even countenance the prospect of a second referendum being demanded by sore losers.

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What we need to do now is move forward – together – for the best of our country, free once again to make our own laws and control immigration.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP

 

Toll struggle continues

Dear Editor,

Well I never. George Osborne has been back in town and guess what. He’s waving the tunnel toll carrot at us again.

Last time round when he wanted to get Esther McVey re-elected in Wirral West he said tunnel tolls would definitely be cut for Wirral residents.

This time when asked about this unfulfilled pledge he assured us he is looking at the issue. Mm not quite the same promise and a much smaller carrot frankly.  

I’ve been campaigning for six years to get tunnel and bridge tolls scrapped which are an iniquitous stealth tax.

Osborne’s trying to ensure we remain in the EU and, claiming to worry about jobs in Liverpool, said how bad it would be for workers’ rights if we left. This implies that such rights would disappear down the plug hole the day after we left. Surely people aren’t taken in by such threats.

I wasn’t alone in disbelieving him about tunnel tolls last year and don’t believe now his apocalyptic vision if we vote for Brexit. It is the right thing to do for Merseyside as well as the rest of the country.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP