Crime rises across the North East

Newly released figures showing that crime is up in the North East paint a “very worrying picture” said the region’s UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott. The figures revealed by Office of National Statistics show that across the region the number of recorded crimes, excluding fraud, are up by by 24%. by 190,022. The breakdown shows that […]


Bus lanes were not created to punish drivers

Dear Editor I just read an article on the ChronicleLive website (14/10/16) which highlighted recent comments from a retired policeman about the Newcastle bus lanes. This is an issue that constituents have raised with me on numerous occasions. Many people (especially from other areas who are not used to driving in Newcastle) feel that it is […]


I can’t speak for the ‘IN’ campaign, but this is not what I would call ‘value for money.’

Dear Editor, The ‘IN’ campaign have spent the last year claiming the EU represents excellent value for UK taxpayers. Last week the EU Court of Auditors released its annual report – here are a few examples of what it revealed about EU spending: –  A youth club that may not actually exist was given €16,500. – A […]


The EU funded at least seven projects that were in violation of its own state aid laws

Dear Editor, As your readers will be aware, the SSI steel plant in Redcar recently closed – this was an event that had a devastating impact on both the local economy and Teesside as a whole. This plant closed for many reasons; one of these factors was that EU state aid laws hampered our government’s […]

Court of Auditors Report 2015 – the silliest examples of waste

The European Union’s Court of Auditors has failed to give the accounts a clean bill of health for the 22nd year in a row. The report, which can be read here, blasts the payments underlying the accounts as being ‘materially affected by error’, leading the Court to issue an adverse opinion on the legality and […]