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Europhiles in new row

March 14, 2017



A move to stop Eurosceptic parties getting EU funding shows just how desperate Europhiles have become, said UKIP leader Paul Nuttall today.

Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party, said at a press conference that he is going to push for a rule change in the European Parliament to stop Eurosceptic parties getting funding.  Continue reading Europhiles in new row

MEP Slams EU waste

October 13, 2016 



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. eu_logo

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

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

Reexamine river strategy

Dear Editor,

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. eu_logo

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.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP

Jet-set Juncker

Dear Editor,

Well, as if more proof were needed as to why we should leave the EU, we now have some courtesy of flights of fancy by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and his merry men.

It has been revealed that the Commission has access to a fleet of six jets – in a €12.6m deal –  to ferry Mr Juncker and other high-ranking officials around the world. jet

This includes a £4.3m seven seater jet to make the 220 mile journey from Brussels to Strasbourg for the parliament’s monthly four day sittings.

What is wrong with them using one of the daily commercial flights that operate between the two cities? Their idea of justification is to say the President only used it for Strasbourg sittings on five out of 14 occasions since January last year. Sounds like a reason for ditching the deal not vindication.

No wonder they don’t want us to leave the EU, taking our £55m a day a with us, when they have such high flying ideas to fund. The whole concept of sitting in Strasbourg is a nonsense in the first place but the French have no intention of bowing to pressure to end this folly.

On top of the flights the parliament spends about £200,000 to charter two express trains to take officials, MEPs and others to and from Brussels to Strasbourg while their papers are taken in eight lorries.

There are no plans to end their profligacy on any level and in fact a tender was recently advertised for an air deal providing 870 hours’ flying time over five years to destinations also including Cape Town, New York, Tokyo and Tel Aviv. 

It also calls for the occasional use of a large jet, such as a Boeing 737, to take around 100 people to destinations such as Antalya on the Turkish coast.

You can’t beat a jolly junket, pity we’re all paying for them.

Yours faithfully

Paul Nuttall MEP


We wont be fooled again

Dear Editor,

Surely no-one in the country is even slightly fooled by David Cameron’s EU “renegotiations”.

His pathetic failure has served only to help convince voters, of all political persuasion, that leaving the European Union is the only way forward to secure the future of our country.

And if they need further evidence of this we now learn that after the referendum the EU Parliament’s committees could just rip up the legislation deals. eu}nopl

The planned emergency brake on migrants’ benefits – which would not be under our control – could be vetoed and the EU has no intention, nor ever will, of revising their principal tenets.

The crumbling edifice of the European Union – doomed to failure from the outset – is constructed around ever closer union, the single currency and freedom of movement.

Cameron can huff and puff all he wants, he won’t get what this country needs.  He may be fooled by watered-down agreements, which would never be water-tight anyway, but the public is not as gullible as he thinks.

Yours faithfully 

Paul Nuttall MEP,

UKIP Deputy Leader


Cameron makes right choice


Dear Editor,

The decision by David Cameron to allow Cabinet ministers to campaign to leave the European Union if they wish is the honourable thing to do.


Harold Wilson did the same thing in 1975 but this time round I believe that the result will be very different and the British people, known for their common sense when armed with all the facts, will vote to leave.

I personally welcome Cameron’s move though it is a pity that the Prime Minister favours staying in the doomed and failing EU and will plainly support the campaign to remain in.

But whatever the outcome the rifts in the Conservative Party over the issue run very deep and may never heal.

Yours faithfully 

Paul Nuttall MEP