Entries by Darren

If democracy means anything any more, Brexit must surely now happen

I wonder whether I’m the only person feeling I’m currently living in two parallel universes simultaneously. As I watched the European elections results come in, even I was surprised by the depth of support for the Brexit Party. They topped the poll in every single Council area in the North East. Across the region, they […]

The loss of British Steel will have a devastating impact upon the local community

A North East member of the European Parliament has reacted with ‘great sadness’ to news that British Steel has collapsed, costing thousands of jobs directly and tens of thousands indirectly in the supply chain, many on Teesside. Jonathan Arnott, a Brexit Party-supporting MEP who is not seeking re-election, said: “British Steel is a truly iconic […]

Has Jeremy Corbyn really thought through Labour’s plan

Dear Sir Has Jeremy Corbyn really thought through Labour’s plan for a £10/hour minimum wage for under-18s? Under such a policy, when I was a teenager I might never have been able to get a part-time or summer job – or develop a much-needed work ethic for later life. Selling our young people a pipe […]

The result of the local elections has been a real wake-up call for the Conservatives and Labour and brought home to them just what a terrible mess they have made of Brexit. 

Dear Editor, The result of the local elections has been a real wake-up call for the Conservatives and Labour and brought home to them just what a terrible mess they have made of Brexit. Voters, as expected, used them to demonstrate their anger and disappointment. Votes for independent and minor party candidates, people staying at […]

Why I won’t stand for re-election as an MEP

I’ve repeatedly said I won’t stand for re-election as an MEP. Here’s why. As an MEP, over the last year it has become abundantly clear that from the European Parliament I will be unable to make any meaningful difference to the Brexit cause. I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to put my points across to […]

Brexit Day and democracy has been betrayed

“Today is the day the United Kingdom should have been leaving the EU – and just look at the appalling mess we are in,” said local MEP Jonathan Arnott . “It is a disgrace that this country finds itself in such an uncertain and chaotic situation because of incompetent and self-serving MPs. “As we are […]