PRESS-RELEASE

Brexit vote having positive impact on the North East

Figures showing a staggering 20,000 drop in the North East unemployment rate, with just 79,000 now out of work, demonstrates that the Brexit vote is already having a positive impact on the region, said UKIP’s local Euro-MP Jonathan Arnott.

The figures represent the fastest fall in the United Kingdom, with the North East having halved the gap between the UK and the national average in just a few months.

“The disconnection between establishment politicians trying to sabotage Brexit and the impact we’re already seeing here is phenomenal,” he said.

“The bottom line is that we have more people in work. I’ve been pointing out for years that the gap between the North East and the rest of the country has been growing, but something big has changed since June.

“We’ve got used to seeing an unemployment rate hovering around 8%, and today’s news puts it at just 6.1%. We’ve seen a string of businesses keen to invest here, and that’s really making a difference.

“Whilst our politicians in Westminster lament the weaker pound, it has been absolutely vital for our beleaguered manufacturing industry in the North East. It’s provided the shot in the arm that our economy so desperately needed. We are a manufacturing region, and Brexit is making our manufacturing more competitive.

“Let’s remember that the Remain campaign predicted immediate economic disaster over the summer. They couldn’t have been more wrong. But I’m yet to hear a single one of our Labour MPs admit that, in fact, the vote has already proved to be fantastic news for the North East.

“We’re seeing winds of change amongst working-class people here; since the Brexit vote there is genuine hope in our communities which have been abandoned and ignored for years by an out-of-touch Labour Party.

“Today’s news means food on the table and money in the bank for local families, a fantastic boost as we get closer to Christmas. Not all of our economic ills can be cured overnight, but this is a massive step in the right direction.”

The drop in the North East was higher than any other region in the country, and accounted for more than half of the total national fall in unemployment.

Some parents might have preferred if the Council spent this money on protecting school children

Dear Editor,

We have seen much discussion this week about how almost all school crossing patrols across Newcastle could be scrapped as a result of looming cuts.

This makes me think back to news reports from September when we heard that the Labour group in Newcastle City Council decided to hand large pay rises to some of the highest-paid staff in Newcastle.  It was reported that some staff who already earned more than £100,000 per year received pay rises that could be counted in the tens of thousands.

I can’t speak for everyone in Newcastle, but I suspect that some parents might have preferred if the Council spent this money on protecting school children rather than handing huge pay rises to some of their highest-paid staff.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Just as important as having adequate funding for a budget is ensuring that this funding is spent wisely

Dear Editor,

We hear a lot about cuts and a lack of government funding and it is certainly true that many key areas of the public sector are underfunded.  However, just as important as having adequate funding for a budget is ensuring that this funding is spent wisely – this is something that I feel successive Labour and Tory governments have failed at.

The fact that the Royal Navy’s largest ship HMS Ocean is set to be retired is a perfect example of the government being wasteful with taxpayer funding.  While I don’t welcome a reduction in the size of the Royal Navy surface fleet, I understand that ships age, become outdated and need to be retired and replaced.  However, HMS Ocean went through a £65 million upgrade in 2014!   With Ocean set to be scrapped, not only was this upgrade a gigantic waste of money but it demonstrates a lack of long term planning within the heart of government.

We must continue to press the government to provide adequate money for key services, but we must also remain vigilant and ensure that this money is being spent wisely.

 

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

We must ensure that our government gives our veterans all the support and resources that they require and deserve

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter on Armistice Day, while observing the traditional silence at 11am I could not help but think about just how many people made sacrifices so that our nation could remain free and secure.  Indeed, many of those people live and work alongside us today.

I would simply like to take this opportunity to thank all of your readers who have served in our armed forces over the years.

Sadly, the last few decades have seen the UK get involved in numerous wars and whilst we must never forget the sacrifice of the soldiers who fought in the wars of the 20th Century, we must also ensure we do not overlook the sacrifice of those who have most recently died and fought in our armed forces.  Since the turn of the Millennium we have lost many brave soldiers and to this day countless others continue to deal with injuries suffered while serving their country.

We must never forget this sacrifice and we must ensure that our government gives our veterans all the support and resources that they require and deserve.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP