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Friday, 14th August 2009
Pub Closures Anger
Shocking new figures showing that pubs are now closing at the rate of 52 a week have been greeted with anger by the UK Independence Party.
“Pubs are at the hub of our culture and communities and they are being driven into oblivion by a plethora of restrictive rules and increased beer taxes,” said Paul Nuttall, the party’s North West MEP.
“These rules include the draconian smoking ban, which we know from our nationwide ‘Save the Pub’ campaign, has been a major factor in pub closures.
The rate of closure is accelerating and represents the steepest rate of decline since records began in 1990. The figures have risen by a third compared with the same period last year, when 36 pubs were closing every week.
“What is happening is a tragedy for the British way of life and it has cost 24,000 jobs over the last year alone,” said Mr Nuttall, who is also UKIP’s chairman.
“Research for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) shows that local pubs serving small communities have been the worst hit. Many of these are communities that are already struggling with post office closures and inadequate public transport.
“The social implications are enormous and a structured way of life, with its inherent checks and balances, is being eroded, probably for ever. Nowadays it is commonplace for young people to get drunk on cheap alcohol at home and then go out and behave disgracefully.
“It is vital the government takes urgent action to help the pub trade, so helping local communities.
” Licensees should have the freedom to choose whether to allow smoking on their premises and beer taxes should be cut. If it was not bad enough already the EU now wants to ban smoking in beer gardens,
“And there are grave concerns about the attitude and behaviour of some pub companies whose actions are aggravating the situation,” said Mr Nuttall.
Wednesday, 12th August 2009
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Euro MP, Paul Nuttall, is planning to inject “some realism” into the EU’s Environment Committee.
Mr Nuttall, UK Independence Party MEP, has been appointed to the committee representing the Freedom and Democracy group, with whom UKIP sits in the European Parliament.
“I am looking forward to injecting a bit of realism into the sensationalist debate that goes on about environmental matters these days,” said Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West.
“Now that the majority of people no longer support the EU, the pro-European politicians have cyincally jumped on the environmental bandwagon and are trying to us so-called man-made climate change as justification for their own existence.
“And this is despite the fact that the globe has actually showed a cooling trend since 2001.
“We are, of course, in favour of conserving the earth’s resources but the environment has become a political football with lobbyists in the background often throwing the ball.
“Inefficient wind turbines blighting our beauty spots and seascapes are a prime example of EU environmental nonsense.
“Being a member of the EU is costing this country £45 million a day and just think how this could be used to directly benefit this country. We should be making our own decisions and not have rules imposed on us by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels,” he said,
Mr Nuttall, who is UKIP’s party chairman, is also a substitute member of the EU’s Culture, Media & Sport Committee.
Monday, 3rd August 2009
Mole Man fights on.
The plight of a mole catcher, whose living has been wiped out by Brussels legislation, is to be taken up with the European Parliament.
Peter Brown used to go round 87 farms in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire each year catching moles using strychnine – but is no longer allowed to do so.
His case is supported by the UK Independence Party and North West MEP, Paul Nuttall is now taking the matter up with the EU.
Mr Nuttall spoke with 57-year-old Mr Brown outside the Stockport office of LibDem MEP Chris Davies, who champions the rules which have destroyed Mr Brown’s livelihood.
“I was appalled, but sadly not surprised, to learn about Mr Brown’s situation. This is how the EU juggernaut rolls on without thought for those flattened by it,” he said.
“He used to use strychnine, as mole catchers have done for 70 years, but now only trapping or the use of aluminum phosphide is allowed. The strychnine used to kill moles within 15 minutes but trapping takes twice as long and aluminum phosphide can take up to two days.
“And the cost of the aluminum phosphide is many times greater than strychnine and according to the manufacturers application is a two man job,” said Mr Nuttall.
“Mr Brown has been left high and dry by these rules, brought in under the Biocides Directive and has also drawn a blank in his claim for compensation.
“I intend to pursue this matter with the EU’s Petitions Committee which, under Article 194 of the EC Treaty, enables citizens to complain about EU matters which affect them directly,” said Mr Nuttall.
Mr Brown, from Shaw, near Oldham, is angry at the way he has been treated and pointed out that a report showed that three children have died from aluminum phosphide poisoning.
“I have been told so much contradictory information by various authorities and given misleading answers that I feel there is a cover-up going on. There should have been a thorough impact study but instead of today’s much-hyped ‘openness and transparency’ there has been a charade of democracy,” said Mr Brown.
Mr Brown has held regular protests outside the office to highlight his campaign for justice and his disgust at Mr Davies’ inaccurate claims that moles just push up a few daisies.
“Moles are a pest because they push up soil which can then get into silage and cause potentially fatal listeriosis in cattle and sheep. Humans who eat infected meat can catch listeria,” he explained.
Wednesday, 29th July 2009
Standing up for our armed forces.
A campaign fighting for ex-servicemen to receive a pension is being whole-heartedly backed by North West UK Independence Party MEP, Paul Nuttall.
Mr. Nuttall has thrown his weight behind the campaign launched by the Armed Forces Pension Group (AFPG), to provide ex-servicemen, who served before April 1975, with an Armed Forces Pension.
Prior to that date servicemen had to have served 22 years to be eligible for a pension. However, when this was changed it did not apply retrospectively,
Mr. Nuttall said: today, “I think it is an absolute disgrace that men and women who were willing to die for this country have been treated so shabbily by successive governments.”
“There must be thousands of men and women in the North West who served in the Armed Forces prior to April 1975 who are not receiving the pension they deserve.
“I encourage them to contact AFPG and get behind the campaign to claim the money that is morally theirs,” he said.
AFPG has already collected 200,000 signatures of support across the country. The group hopes to collect one million signatures and hand the petition into 10 Downing Street.
People interested in helping can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01623 402290.
Tuesday, 28th July 2009
UKIP Chairman stands up for grammar schools.
The Government’s “war on grammar schools” has been blamed by the UK Independence Party for the lack of social mobility criticised by Alan Milburn.
Controversial plans to give thriving schools an incentive to accept students from poorer area show that Mr Milburn is “missing the elephant in the room”, said UKIP chairman, Paul Nuttall.
“Social mobility in this country has decreased since we have had a war on grammar schools. They are the route for working class kids to better themselves and climb the social ladder.
“Bog standard comprehensives just ensure they kept down,” said Mr Nuttall.
“The approach now being put forward is not the answer and is likely to make struggling schools even worse,” he added.
Saturday, 25th July 2009
UKIP election win is “watershed”
UKIP is celebrating winning its first seats on Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.
UKIP Eastern Region Organiser Pete Reeve said his win was a “watershed” for the party and that more UKIP Councillors in the region were now inevitable.
Peter, 33, took the scalp of former county council chairman Susan Normington when he won the Ramsey seat, where the election had been delayed following the death of Liberal Democrat Ray Powell, one of the candidates. He also picked up Powell’s seat on the district council in the election.
Pete said: “I see this as a great opportunity for Ramsey. We have worked very hard and there has been an awful lot of local support. People see us as a real way forward. It is a watershed really.”
The results were: County council Ramsey Division – Peter Reeve (UKIP) 865, Susan Normington (Con) 682, Anthony Hulme (Lib Dem) 308, Susan Coomey (Lab) 53. District council Ramsey Ward – Peter Reeve (UKIP) 753, Angela Curtis (Con) 569, Jeffrey Clarke (Ind) 303, Melanie Allgood (Lib Dem) 295. Huntingdon Town Council North Ward – Trish Shrapnel (Lib Dem) 242, Bill Hensley (Con) 207, Ann Beevor (Lab) 138.
Friday, 24th July 2009
Record UKIP by-election, despite BBC.
UKIP’s historic by-election result is a cause for celebration by party supporters, says UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
“Everyone worked extremely hard for an excellent result and we congratulate our candidate Glenn Tingle, a real local guy, who has shown by the massive support he’s received in Norwich North that the British people really do identify with the UK Independence Party and what it stands for.”
Glenn’s huge popularity saw UKIP record the biggest percentage gain of the top five contenders, surging a record 9.5% this time around to poll 4,068 votes, representing nearly 12% of the total cast.
A delighted Glenn said: “This result shows that we are major league – bring on the General Election!”
But UKIP’S best-ever by-election performance in Norwich North has been soured by the BBC’s stubborn refusal to give the party’s result the recognition it deserves.
The result could have been even better had the BBC not refused to give Glenn Tingle and UKIP the airtime it deserved, preferring to allow a minor party such as the Greens on television panels and radio discussions.
Nigel Farage is furious at the snub.
He said: “There is a clear bias in the BBC against the UK Independence Party and this result shows that they are wrong in freezing us out of key political television and radio programmes.”
“We’ve shown in Norwich North that we are a major player on the UK political scene and that our performance in the European Elections, where we recorded the second highest percentage of vote among all the parties, was no fluke.
“We have arrived and the people have shown that they agree with our politics. If the BBC doesn’t like that, well tough. What it does mean is that the left-leaning programme producers who dole out the air time will be forced to give us parity with the three other major parties.
“I personally will be taking this to the highest echelons of the BBC and finding out who decided we were not to be part of the Norwich North coverage and what is to be done about it.
“This situation, where one of this country’s major political parties is simply ignored, should never happen again.
“If the BBC bosses spent less time working out their expense claims and more time listening to the people of Great Britain, they would realise that UKIP is experiencing a continuing swing in support that all the other parties would die for.
“With a General Election due at any time, we will demand that the BBC afford UKIP the same broadcast rights as the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems.
“We’ll be looking at what needs to be done to make the BBC sit up and take notice, because so far, our complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
“Maybe they’ll listen if their funding is threatened? We’ll look at the prospect of a mass refusal to pay the licence fee if that’s what it takes. It’s already on the agenda for debate at our annual conference in September.”