Report shows jobs meltdown claims are untrue

A report from the influential Institute of Economic Affairs “gives the lie to ridiculous claims that leaving the EU would cause a jobs meltdown,” said UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

“The other three main parties peddle these ridiculous claims but as the author of this report notes, there may well be net job creation in the wake of a British exit.

“What is quite clear is that the ability to trade does not rely on membership of a political union, but the ability to be an independent democracy relies on not being absorbed into a political union.”

“David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband should all level with the British public. The reason they want to stay in the EU is not because of any likely adverse effect on jobs or the wider economy, it is because the British establishment is doing very nicely out of the EU when it comes to jobs for the boys,” said Mr Arnott, Euro-MP for the North East.

“It would be a rash punter who gambled against at least one of these gentleman ending up as an extremely well paid EU commissioner in the very near future.”

“But over the long-run, EU membership has been prohibitively expensive and disastrous for many of our industries – from fishing to coal mining. Britain would be better off out.”

Parliamentary Speech – Despite plenty of empty words, federalists can’t provide a single example of how money could be better spent directly by member states

The number of apprenticeships in the North East must be increased as a matter of urgency

The number of apprenticeships in the North East must be increased as a matter of urgency, said local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

“National Apprenticeship Week has quite rightly trained the spotlight on apprenticeships and I don’t think that anywhere in the country would benefit more than this region.

“The economic potential for the North East is massive and there are tens of thousands of young people who could benefit from the opportunity to get a placement.

“The crazy target for 50% of school leavers heading to university has done some no favours with their hard working efforts being devalued by the sheer numbers now obtaining degrees.

“If, as has been suggested, some employers, schools and young people believe apprenticeships are a second rate option compared to a university place they need to have a re-think, particularly for higher level apprenticeships.

“For apprentices it means that as well as earning a salary while you learn on the job they avoid student debts that now average more than £44,000 and gives them a flying start on life,” said Mr Arnott.

“And for employers it means they can develop a mutually beneficial top notch work force,” said Mr Arnott.

Media – Discussion with Dave Dorn about e-cigarettes and the political issues surrounding them

A reader of my latest column on e-cigarettes recently got in touch and asked me to appear on his podcast to discuss what I wrote in my column and the political issues currently surrounding e-cigarettes and those who use them.

You can watch our discussion below:

Cautious welcome for rail plans

News that the rail line between Middlesbrough and Northallerton has been designated a tier one route has been welcomed by local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

But he is unhappy that the rest of the region is being left in a transport network wilderness for the foreseeable future.

“Electrification of the Middlesbrough – Northallerton line is great news for the Tees Valley but it will obviously not happen overnight and it is vital that plans speedily follow in the rest of the area.

“This first stage will help provide a much needed financial boost but it is just part of the jigsaw for economic success and a small part of the revitalised transport system needed in the North generally,” he said.

“Yet again, the North East is getting the crumbs of what is left after other areas have had their share: we’re potentially getting just one line upgraded which is only partly in the North East, yet Yorkshire and the North West are getting far more.

“But I fully back the concept of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ as the potential for the future is plainly tremendous and UKIP will seek to make this a reality.

Re-engaging voters with politics will take more than hollow words

As we are now in a run-up to an election, many politicians are declaring their distress at low turnouts and slow voter registration.   The truth is that many people are disillusioned with politics full stop.  No matter what politicians promise or say, some people feel it won’t make a difference.

I regularly speak at public meetings all across the North East and at every single one  somebody will come up and thank UKIP for standing; saying that they haven’t voted in years and would not have voted this time if UKIP weren’t standing. This is something I am very proud of: UKIP may not be for everyone, but we have provided a voice and alternative option for many people who previously felt disenfranchised.

I’m living in the Easington constituency (one of the safest seats in England) and am standing for Parliament there.  For many years no-one but Labour has really campaigned there.  There are no no-go areas for UKIP, and – like many UKIP members standing in seats written off by the other parties – I hope to provide a real alternative choice in that area for the first time in decades.

The Scottish referendum showed how energised politics can be when people care about an issue and feel their vote matters.  When many young people in England don’t care about political parties, the answer isn’t more party politics but more direct democracy.

Giving power back to the people is core to UKIP’s beliefs. We believe local people not just politicians should be able to contribute towards the big decisions that impact their area.  Increased local democracy, referendums on key issues and a more representative voting system would all be positive steps to bring politics and power back to the people.