Entries by Darren

UKIP open North East campaign HQ

UKIP’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall MEP, declared that Blyth Valley would be a ‘two horse race’ between Labour and UKIP in next year’s general election. Mr Nutall, the North West’s Euro MP, travelled to the constituency yesterday to open UKIP’s North East campaign HQ and constituent advice centre in Blyth’s town centre. UKIP were within […]

Commission Question – I am receiving a significant number of complaints from members of the public concerning EU subsidies for bullfighting (i.e. CAP payments to farmers breeding for bullfighting)1. Constituents share my view that bullfighting is a barbaric practice. As a child I was taken to a bullfight as part of an organised school trip; I clearly recall the stench of blood and my horror at people taking such pleasure in the suffering of animals. British taxpayers’ money should not be subsidising bullfights. I refer the Commission to its answer to Written Question E-000605/2013, which states that ‘the majority of these potential beneficiaries do not focus exclusively on the activities relating to bullfighting’. This answer is open to interpretation – could the Commission please confirm the following: Do subsidies (whether focused exclusively on bullfighting or not) help to prop up bullfighting, particularly in Spain? Do any subsidies go to farms which do focus exclusively on activities relating to bullfighting? Finally, can the Commission please comment on the claim that such subsidies amount to EUR 129.6 million annually?

Question to the Commission for written answer E-007990/2014 by Jonathan Arnott  Subject: Bullfighting subsidies   I am receiving a significant number of complaints from members of the public concerning EU subsidies for bullfighting (i.e. CAP payments to farmers breeding for bullfighting)1. Constituents share my view that bullfighting is a barbaric practice. As a child I was taken to a […]

Letters – Build houses on brownfield sites

Dear Editor, I welcome the Journal article of 26th November which highlights the urgent need for house building in the North East, specifically on brownfield sites. In the UK we simply do not build enough houses (or other infrastructure) to support an ever growing population and our constantly growing immigration numbers.  So it is a damning indictment on […]

Letters – Thoughts on Hartlepool Power Station

Dear Editor, I welcome the news that the local Power Station has been declared safe.  Not only is this great news from a public safety standpoint, but it is important for the local economy.  This should help to secure the long-term future of the power station and the hundreds of high quality jobs which it […]

Two fantastic UKIP public meetings this week‏

UKIP have held two fantastic public meetings in the last two days, with the region’s UKIP MEP, Jonathan Arnott, and Blair Smillie, UKIP’s Spokesman on the UK coal industry as guest speakers. The first of the two public meetings was held in Killingworth, in the North Tyneside constituency. Following the meeting, UKIP’s North Tyneside Chairman, Gary Legg, said “It […]