Let me offer my congratulations to Oldham Community Radio 99.7 FM for receiving well deserved national recognition for their radio station.
They not only picked up three prizes in the Community Radio Awards but these included the gold award in the journalism category.
Well done to this not for profit organisation which serves not only the people of Oldham but many thousands in neighbouring boroughs. Continue reading Radio station congratulated
UKIP MEP BACKS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION IN POPPY ROW
UKIP leadership contender Paul Nuttall is backing the Football Association’s stance against disciplinary proceedings brought by FIFA.
The proceedings follow the decision by the England and Scotland teams to wear poppies in their World Cup qualifier on Armistice Day.
A row broke out before the game with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) stating that players cannot wear “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images”.
The teams ignored the stricture and English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said they would wear black armbands carrying the poppy ‘as a point of principle’.
“I think that goes to the heart of it; it is a point of principle and well done to the players for standing up for it,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP and former youth footballer.
“The English and Scottish Football Associations have said they will contest any sanctions imposed and they have my wholehearted backing. Continue reading Football Poppy Row
UKIP leadership favourite Paul Nuttall MEP has spelled out his “unity” plans for the future of the party at a packed rally in Bolton.
Mr Nuttall, North West MEP, received a rapturous welcome at the event at Whites Hotel at Bolton’s Macron Stadium last night (Mon).
His campaign to take over the mantle from Nigel Farage is being backed by various other party MEPs including Mike Hookem and Bill Etheridge, who were both present along with London Assembly member Peter Whittle, who days ago dropped out of the contest in favour of Paul.
Mr Nuttall spoke of his determination to unite the party if he is elected later this month and emphasised the role that UKIP still has in British politics following the EU referendum in June.
He also spoke of the importance of the party in the North and pointed out, “Politics is about empathy. In the days of Clement Attlee our Labour MPs came from the mines or factories or docks. This lot are a bunch of middle class intellectuals who wouldn’t know a council house if it fell out to the sky and hit them on the head.”
Mr Nuttall pointed out the success that UKIP has had at grass roots level with getting 500 councillors appointed including in Bolton and Hartlepool.
Among those present was Cllr Sean Hornby, leader of the UKIP group on Bolton Council.
Today’s High Court ruling calling for a Parliamentary vote on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty must not be allowed to de-rail Brexit, said UKIP leadership contender Paul Nuttall.
“I’m disappointed with the court’s decision and MPs should not try to use this to defy the decision of the British people.
“The decision to leave the EU was made by the majority of voters in this country and as we live in a democracy means this must be enacted,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.
“We always knew there would be hurdles before we can finally shake off the shackles of the EU and the role of UKIP is hold the government’s feet to the fire and make sure the will of the people is obeyed.”
November 1, 2016
MEP ANGER OVER FOOTBALL POPPY BAN
The decision to ban England and Scotland football players from wearing poppies in their World Cup qualifier is “complete poppycock,” said UKIP leadership contender Paul Nuttall today.
“It is utter nonsense for FIFA to forbid them wearing poppies on their shirts because they sniffily consider it ‘a political statement’,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.
“It makes my blood absolutely boil that they should interfere in this way. How dare they?
“Wearing a poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday is a proud tradition in this country and with the terrible conflicts still raging in the world it has never been more important to show respect for those who gave their lives to keep us safe.”
Bolton’s UKIP councillors are wholeheartedly backing MEP Paul Nuttall’s bid for the party leadership.
Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP and former UKIP deputy leader, has just announced his decision to contest the role following the resignation of Diane James.
The party has five councillors on Bolton council and their group leader, Sean Hornby said that the decision to support Mr Nuttall was because “he is the unity candidate.
“We need a northern leader and Paul Nuttall is the man for the role. We have already made impressive inroads into the Labour heartlands and I have no doubt – and nor does the Labour Party – that with Paul at the helm we will continue this progress,” said Mr Hornby.
“The Labour Party is in serious trouble and while UKIP has had some internal difficulties I know that if Paul is elected leader he will unite the party and Labour will be in even deeper trouble,” he added.
STATEMENT FROM PAUL NUTTALL, MEP FOR NORTH WEST ENGLAND
North West MEP Paul Nuttall today (Sun) announced that he is standing for the leadership of UKIP.
Explaining his decision Mr Nuttall said, “Having spent six years as deputy leader and previously been chairman, I believe I am best suited to take the helm of the party when Nigel Farage, who has done a sterling job as captain, finally does get the chance to get his life back.
“I stand first and foremost as a unifying candidate, demanding an end to the infighting and squabbling which performs just one purpose, that of delighting our rivals.
“I believe UKIP can simply be much bigger and better than this – but we have to work together as a united team to do so.
“And I promise this – from day one under my leadership, there is a clean slate for UKIP MEPs, domestic politicians and members. It will in effect be Day Zero. We will pull together to fight forwards, not backwards. Continue reading UKIP Leadership
October 13, 2016
LOCAL MEP SLAMS EU WASTE
After the European Union’s Court of Auditors failed to give the accounts a clean bill of health for the 22nd year in a row North West UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has hit out at the huge amount of money being wasted.
Mr Nuttall said “This shows that it’s just as well that we voted to leave the European Union when we did. The levels of waste and bureaucracy are breathtaking.
“Money is being wasted left, right and centre. When we’re outside the EU we can cut out the middleman and look after our own businesses ourselves. It is outrageous that so much money is being thrown away and the sooner we get out the better.
“The system simply isn’t fit for purpose,” he said.
The Court of Auditors’ report blasts the payments underlying the accounts as being ‘materially affected by error’, leading the Court to issue an adverse opinion on the legality and regularity of the payments underlying the accounts.
An adverse opinion is rare in accountancy, and is issued only in serious cases where there has been a substantial departure from generally accepted accounting principles. Continue reading MEP Slams EU waste
The recent inspection of Greater Manchester Police which found that as many as 38,000 crimes each year had failed to be reported goes to show that Labour Police Chief Tony Lloyd still has plenty of work to do before his role is transferred to the new Greater Manchester Mayor.
Public confidence in our police forces must be an absolute priority as without it, we simply open the doors for more criminal and anti-social behaviour.
If Greater Manchester Police continue to smokescreen the public by not recording so many crimes, sadly it will mean that victims of crime will eventually come to the conclusion that it is pointless to report issues they witness.
I hope the new IT system that comes into place soon will mean that a higher proportion of crimes are reported within the system, however public sector agencies have poor form when it comes to introducing such systems. Therefore sadly, I won’t be holding my breath.
Paul Nuttall MEP
With reports that new and improved permanent flood defences to protect Carlisle are at least 14 months away, meaning that the city will face two more winters of being at risk, the dredging of riverbeds should be under serious consideration.
As members of the European Union, the UK Environment Agency are all but forbidden from dredging rivers under the European Water Framework Directive and this has resulted in waterways becoming choked up as water struggles to make its way downstream.
Thankfully, last month we voted to leave the European Union. However the process to leave is likely to take two or even three years to conclude. With our exit confirmed by the democratic will of the majority of voters, I see no harm in freeing the Environment Agency from the shackles of this directive now so we can get on with preventing floods before they can happen by keeping our waterways clear.
As the saying goes, prevention is cheaper than the cure.
Paul Nuttall MEP