675 million more reasons to leave the EU

Figures showing that the European Union lost an estimated £675m to fraud last year is 675m more reasons why the UK should leave, said UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott today.

“ The fact that the figure lost is only 0.6% of the EU budget demonstrates how monstrously huge and bloated the bloc has become and this situation will only get worse,” said Mr Arnott, North East Euro MP.

Details from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) show that many of the 1,400 bogus claims investigated were from the poorer countries of Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

“It is all very well saying that the payments to dishonest claimants has fallen by £10m compared to the previous year, it is still a lot of taxpayers money.

“And everyone knows that Turkey is beating on the gates to join the club adding another 77m people who will also be eligible for funds and have the freedom to come here,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP’s EU Budget spokesman.

“The bigger the EU becomes, with its seemingly insatiable expansionist plans, the greater the risk of fraud. “

Letters – “EU funding” comes from British taxes

Dear Editor,

It is good news that job prospects for thousands of young people in the Hartlepool area are to receive a boost. (Hartlepool Mail May 23)

The Youth Employment Initiative in intended to help 6,500 young people get into employment, education or training and that must be welcomed.

But let no one be fooled. The £19.25m money for the scheme is described as “European Union” funding. That is not some benevolent generosity by Brussels. That’s just them giving us back a fraction of the money we give them every day.

If we weren’t dutifully handing over £350m a week to the EU for them to give some back – always complete with strings – we would have enough money to spend as we choose.

Education and job opportunities are vital for this region, which is particularly badly hit with unemployment, and away from the EU’s control we can spend our own money to help our own people.

One of the reasons for the tragic demise of the steel industry in the North East was EU anti-competition rules. Without that much more could have been done to have saved those jobs.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Jonathan Arnott MEP reacts angrily to remarks from Pat Glass MP

North East UKIP Euro-MP Jonathan Arnott has reacted angrily Shadow Europe Minister Pat Glass MP calling a member of the public a ‘horrible racist’ for daring to raise concerns about immigration.

Pat Glass, MP for North-West Durham, has been playing a leading role in the Remain campaign for the Labour Party.

She made her comment during a recording for BBC Radio Derby after unnamed voter had referred to a Polish family living in the town.

Jonathan Arnott MEP said “Those of us who hold an elected office are here to represent people, from all walks of life, and to recognise their legitimate concerns. It’s utterly irresponsible for a senior elected politician to brand people with concerns about immigration as being racist, or in this case, ‘a horrible racist’. By smearing those she disagrees with, genuine and honest debate is suppressed.

“It’s also completely untrue for her to suggest that even if we leave the European Union, we must have a deal which will result in free movement of people from the European Union.

“Even Liechtenstein has a deal which doesn’t require them to accept free movement of people. Is she seriously suggesting that the United Kingdom, which is the world’s fifth-largest economy, couldn’t negotiate a deal that’s better than theirs?”

Letters – Local Newspaper Week

Dear Editor,

Local newspapers are taken for granted by many readers – but they should never be under-valued, particularly as sadly many are under threat and many others have vanished forever.

This is Local Newspaper Week and it is only right that the fantastic role they play in community life should be highlighted.

Life gets ever harder for newspapers, particularly the weeklies, with decreased staffing levels and local authorities, hospital trusts and emergency services employing press officers to try to ensure only good news is revealed.

With local authorities using a cabinet system the so called transparency they preach can be anything but. However determined journalists always seek after the truth on behalf of the communities they serve and that should never be forgotten.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

What are the EU trying to hide?

What are they trying to hide? That was the question on the lips of UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman Jonathan Arnott MEP, after the European Commission announced this week that it would delay the presentation of their draft budget for 2017 until after the British referendum scheduled for June 23.

Officially, there is no link between the referendum and the delayed presentation of the budget, but Jonathan Arnott feels that this doesn’t tell the full story.

“The Commission has delayed the budget presentation until after June 23, claiming that it needs ‘more time’ to analyse the cost of the migration crisis. I think what they actually want is more money, not more time, and they don’t dare ask us for it until after the referendum.

“The European Union has spectacularly mishandled the recent mass moves of migration, and no doubt they’ll be expecting us to foot the bill. If the British people vote to remain in the EU, with all the bad EU news currently being buried people may well wake up in July with an EU-inflicted hangover.”

The current immigration figures are unsustainably high

While a debate rages about which immigration figures are the most accurate North East MEP Jonathan Arnott has pointed out that both unsustainably high.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest 257,000 EU migrants migrated to the UK between September 2014 and September 2015 but statistics for the same period show 630,000 National Insurance numbers were allocated to EU nationals, which was 7% higher than the previous year.

The ONS and the government claim the NI numbers are not a good way of measuring immigration and say the International Passenger Survey provides the best estimate.

“It obviously suits the government to prefer the method giving the lowest estimate but even using the ONS figures that is still far too many EU migrants coming here thanks to the freedom movement rules,” said Mr Arnott.

“The International Passenger Survey involves giving a questionnaire to people at random as they arrive at sea and airports. In this day and age that is hardly a modern or accurate method. It’s like ‘guess the number of sweets in a jar’ competition except it is actually possible to count the sweeties.

“I am particularly concerned about the effect uncontrolled immigration has in the North East which suffers from high unemployment with the knock-on effect that has on the community.

“There is only one way to get a grip on immigration and that is to leave the EU and regain control of our borders. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do that by voting for Brexit on June 23,” said Mr Arnott.

EU plans to ban toasters are on hold – until after the referendum

Plans by the EU to ban yet more high powered domestic appliances neatly demonstrates their interfering ways, said MEP Jonathan Arnott, today.

The proposals affecting items such as toasters, kettles and hair dryers have been in the pipeline for more than two years but have been kept on a back burner.

Now it has been revealed that the bureaucrats intend to go ahead with the ‘ecodesign’ restrictions –  but not until after next month’s referendum.

“They are quite right to think this will cause outrage in the UK, just as the earlier bans on powerful vacuum cleaner and some electric ovens did,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP for the North East.

“They have deliberately delayed implementing the latest bans until after June 23 as they know it will encourage yet more people to vote Leave in the referendum.

“All of this is to meet their ridiculous self-imposed target of energy savings of 30 % across the EU by 2030 to tackle climate change.

“We must be free to make our own decisions in this country affecting our own lives, not be dictated to from Brussels. Our politicians are quite capable to making them in our own best interest, not the one size-fits-all mentality of the EU.

“The referendum is a once-in-a-generation chance to break free and regain our freedom to make our own choices for the benefit of our businesses and individuals alike.

“These restrictions on small household appliances will be just the forerunner of a deluge of such prohibitions coming our way if we stay in this failing economic bloc,” added Mr Arnott.

UKIP win 3 seats in Hartlepool

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Congratulations to our new UKIP Hartlepool Councillors John Tennant, Bob Buchan and Shane Moore!

Our strong team of five Councillors will now form the official opposition on Hartlepool Council.

The newly elected Councillors in Hartlepool have made the following statements:

Shane Moore: “I am immensely proud to have been elected to represent Headland and Harbour and pay tribute to my family and friends who have helped me over the line. UKIP is on the rise in Hartlepool and we intend to lead by example, creating an effective opposition to the unpopular Labour group.”

Bob Buchan “I’d like to thank the people of Fens and Rossmere for giving me a strong mandate, their confidence will be honoured and I shall get on with the job of being a good, trustworthy and effective Councillor”

John Tennant ” I’m hugely honoured to be elected on May 5th and indeed incredibly pleased with our results overall, UKIP is the opposition in Hartlepool and we have demonstrated that. I look forward to putting Labour under the microscope and fight hard for my ward residents

UKIP North East MEP Jonathan Arnott commented “I am absolutely delighted that UKIP is now the official opposition on Hartlepool Council. We have fought a great campaign, gained three seats, and could easily have gained more. The gains are a credit to everyone who helped to turn huge swathes of this town purple.

The real hard work starts now. We have to prove that our new councillors can do an excellent job in representing their constituents. We have toprove that UKIP can be a credible opposition in the Council chamber, holding an appallingly complacent Hartlepool Labour Party to account. I know that John, Shane and Bob will relish the opportunity to do just that.

But it’s not just in Hartlepool where we’re making progress. UKIP activists have worked incredibly hard to achieve good results across the region. It’s heartening to see just how many places there now are where UKIP are strong, credible challengers to Labour and this bodes well for our future in Sunderland, Newcastle and South Tyneside. When we have the results for North Tyneside and Gateshead, I’m sure they will be just as positive.”

Results:

Fens and Rossmere:

Bob Buchan (UKIP) 1191

Tom Casey (Green) 134

Dennis Loynes (Con) 240

Ann Marshall (Lab) 769

Headland and Harbour:

Jim Ainslie (Lab) 617

Chris Broadbent (Con) 117

Shane Moore (UKIP) 619

Jesmond:

Robbie Payne (Lab)

648 John Tennant (UKIP) 754

Jayne Wells (Con) 150