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Anger at Rail fare increases


MEP Paul Nuttall has reacted angrily to plans to increase train fare costs for Northern Rail customers.

“As a result of the botched franchising of the West Coast line the government had to negotiate extensions to existing franchises including Northern Rail and this has led to axing some off peak tickets,” he said.

“Thousands of commuters will see their fares double and Chancellor George Osborne’s pledge that next January’s increases will be capped at 2.5 per cent is scant comfort for customers in my region.

“Again it seems that those living in the Westminster bubble just do not understand how tight people’s budgets are. Many are literally counting the pennies and a big increase in the cost of commuting will be catastrophic for some families.

Northern Rail has been forced to introduce evening peak ticket restrictions on local services.  Off-peak tickets are no longer be valid on some trains between 4.01pm and 6.29pm on weekdays. A return journey between those times from Wigan to Manchester Piccadilly  has risen from £4.20 to £9.10 – massive 117% increase.

Osborne’s own constituents will be hit with a 52% increase in a day return from Styal to Manchester bringing it to £5.20.

“I am not surprised that protests have been taking place at some railway stations, people are desperate to work to support their families and these rises make it harder for them to do so,” said Mr  Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.


Bolton College EU funding row



Dear Editor,

Whilst on the face of it the £300,000 grant received by Bolton College from the European Social Fund to boost skills and training in the town may sound like a good deal, it is important to remember that this grant is our own taxpayer’s money to begin with.

In 2013, our total EU contributions reached a staggering £14.5 billion, a figure that will no doubt rise in the coming years. In that same period, the UK only received £6.3 billion of this money back and with increasing levels of unemployment in the Eurozone, our rate of return will diminish even further.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that this is not good value for money. This £300,000 for Bolton College will be tied up in typical EU red tape and the college will certainly be made to praise the EU for the cash. Wouldn’t it be better for us to do away with our EU membership and get the cash from central government directly?

Yours faithfully 

Paul Nuttall MEP

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.