Jonathan Arnott MEP on the BBC Daily Politics education debate

Jonathan Arnott MEP recently represented UKIP on the  BBC Daily Politics education debate.  You can watch his opening statement here:

Labour suppress democracy in Sunderland

The UK Independence Party has accused Labour in Sunderland of suppressing democracy after a Labour candidate’s appeal to the Vice Chancellor of Sunderland University resulted in the organisers’ decision being overturned.

The local UK Independence Party candidate was unable to attend the debate because he had to look after his ill wife following a serious relapse in her chronic condition.

The event organisers were therefore informed that Jonathan Arnott MEP would attend in his place and speak at the debate. But on arrival Mr Arnott was informed that the Labour Party refused to debate him.

UKIP therefore provided a statement to the organisers of the debate to be read out so that students would understand the reason why the party was not the percentage.

However, after the organisers agreed to this, the Labour team contacted the Vice Chancellor of the University and was successful in ensuring that any statement would be suppressed.

UKIP’s representative Jonathan Arnott said “All of the other candidates were happy to debate me.  The Conservative candidate even passed on his best wishes for a speedy recovery for Mrs. Forster.  But Labour insisted that the event must be stage-managed to such an extent that the audience would not be allowed to know why a UKIP candidate was not present.

“I rearranged my diary at very short notice in the interests of democracy. Sadly, for Labour politics is all about spin not substance and stage management not genuine debate.  By contacting the Vice Chancellor they show their contempt for democracy.  This shows just how terrified Labour is about UKIP in the north of England.”

 

Local fishermen supported by UKIP

Support for the North East’s struggling fish fleets was demonstrated by UKIP in Sunderland today. (Thur)

The region’s MEP Jonathan Arnott was present at the Fish Quay at the city’s harbour along with the the party’s three candidates for Sunderland, activists and fishermen.

“UKIP have always shown great support for our fishermen and we have held a number of talks with them. Our national Fisheries spokesman, Ray Finch, has been up three times to North Shields, Blyth, New Biggin, Hartlepool and Alnmouth.

“It is an on going movement right across the North East and the fishermen fully support UKIP who are fighting their corner. It is an issue close to our hearts,” said Mr Arnott, who addressed the throng from a fishing boat awaiting repairs on the quayside, which like others had hoisted a UKIP flag.

Aileen Casey, UKIP’s parliamentary candidate for Washington and Sunderland West spoke of her anger that the fleet in Sunderland, once about 100 strong, has been decimated following the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

“Please join us and get our fishing fleet back,” she urged.

Local fisherman Norman Shaw told how EU fishing quotas have devastated the industry and rules and regulations, both local and international, have driven many fishermen to give up their trade.

He also told how the off shore wind farm at Blyth is causing further problems because of an exclusion zone.

UKIP is fighting to help the country’s fishing fleets and is strenuously opposed to wind farms, both on and off shore, as being inefficient and adding to energy bills.

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Commission Question: Subject: Armenian genocide and Turkey pre-accession funding As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, does the EU intend to raise the issue of Turkey’s laws which prohibit discussion of the Armenian genocide? Does the Commission feel it is appropriate to give pre-accession funding to a country which refuses to acknowledge war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide perpetrated against the Armenian people?

Question for written answer E-001159/2015

to the Commission

Rule 130

Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

Subject: Armenian genocide and Turkey pre-accession funding

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, does the EU intend to raise the issue of Turkey’s laws which prohibit discussion of the Armenian genocide? Does the Commission feel it is appropriate to give pre-accession funding to a country which refuses to acknowledge war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide perpetrated against the Armenian people?

EN

E-001159/2015

Answer given by Mr Hahn

on behalf of the Commission

(14.4.2015)

 

 

In its progress report on Turkey of October 2014, the Commission pointed out that the debate in Turkey on sensitive matters such as the Armenian issue has been open and lively. The progress report also stated that in April 2014, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the events in 1915, the Prime Minister has issued the first ever message of condolences to the descendants of Armenians killed or deported. The message was published in nine languages including Western and Eastern Armenian. In May, the Prime Minister met the Armenian Deputy Patriarch. Initiatives to mark ‘Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day’ took place peacefully on 24 April 2014 in Istanbul and five other provinces. A ground-breaking conference on Muslim Armenians in Turkey was organised by the Hrant Dink Foundation in November at Bosphorus University.

 

The Commission believes that the EU needs to continue enhancing its engagement with Turkey to make sure that European standards remain the reference in Turkey. The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) II is aimed at helping the beneficiaries, including Turkey, to implement the reforms needed to fulfil the accession criteria. The Indicative Strategy Paper for Turkey earmarks EUR 4.45 billion of funding for the period 2014-2020, a significant part being devoted to fundamental rights, democracy and rule of law. This includes support to the freedom of expression.

 

Wake up call to voters

Research showing that the North East has the highest number of safe parliamentary seats should be a wake up call for Labour voters, said the region’s UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

“It is depressing that our region has the top number of safe seats at 79.3%, with many seats not having changed hands for generations. Unsurprisingly these safe seats in the North East are all Labour and it explains why the party is content to ignore this part of the country, confident that they can treat their supporters with disdain but still get elected.

“We hope to change all that by challenging Labour in their heartlands”  said Mr Arnott, who is contesting the Easington constituency – which, since 1979, has overall been the safest seat anywhere in England.

“People are beginning to realise this and turning to UKIP as the party that most represents their working class values and common sense views.  Even so, the Electoral Reform Society’s figures clearly show the need for a more proportional voting system so that everyone’s vote matters and is equally valuable.”

“The data on predicted General Election results drawn up by the Electoral Reform Society “confidently predicted” 56% of the total results. That should be a wake-up call for all voters in the safe constituencies, not to let their votes be so taken for granted.”

UKIP launch North East election campaign

UKIP launched its election campaign in the North East today (Thur) – and threw down the gauntlet to Labour.

Speaking at the event in Gateshead local MEP Jonathan Arnott said, “The Labour Party has dominated North East politics for decades.  But today, standing in every constituency, we take our message of hope into the Labour heartlands that they’ve taken for granted.”

Mr Arnott spoke of the growth of the party in the North East, taking just 2.7% of the vote in 2010 to last year when they took almost 25% where UKIP stood in council elections and 29% at the European elections.

“We are a vibrant, dynamic Party looking to shape the future of politics in the North East.  Today we launch a General Election campaign – and you can say what you like about it.  Some people will welcome us with open arms, and others will hurl accusations and lies.  But no-one can deny what happened five years ago, and ignore us.  Across the country the biggest political story of the last few years has been the rise of UKIP.

“The local newspapers have surveyed thousands of people, putting together their people’s North East Manifesto – and it reads just like a UKIP Manifesto.  What local people stand for, we in UKIP stand for.  From raising the tax threshold so that no-one pays any Income Tax on the minimum wage, to ending the current free-for-all on immigration and introducing an Australian-style points system instead.

“From giving our NHS the funding to do the job, to dualling the A1 to give business the connections it needs.  From saving the £55 million a day we send to the European Union to cutting our foreign aid bill.

“These are the policies that local people are desperately crying out for.  In UKIP you might find some right-wing policies.  You might find some left-wing policies.  But what we stand for is actually firmly at the core of what people believe.

“We’re not here to make up the numbers.  We’re not a Party that shies away from tough fights, or from saying what needs to be said.  We’re a party of real people not stage management.

“And we have a tough fight here in the North East.  Not against the Liberal Democrats, whose support has collapsed, or against the irrelevant Conservatives.  But at this election we shape the battleground for the years to come.

“Because we believe in the power of the people.  Because we believe in the future of the North East.  And because we believe in Britain,” he said.

Also at the launch at the Marriott Hotel in the Metrocentre were many of UKIP’s 29 parliamentary candidates for the region including Phillip Broughton, who is standing in the hotly contested Hartlepool seat.