Entries by Darren

Commission Question – Under UK law, it is a fundamental principle that no Parliament may legally bind its successor. Consequently, all international treaties are signed only to the extent allowed by this principle. The UK could, as an alternative to invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, opt for the more direct approach of repealing the European Communities Act 1972. What would be the consequences of such a decision for the negotiation of a free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the EU?

Question to the Commission for written answer E-009220/2014   by Jonathan Arnott (EFDD) Subject: Repeal of European Communities Act 1972   Under UK law, it is a fundamental principle that no Parliament may legally bind its successor. Consequently, all international treaties are signed only to the extent allowed by this principle. The UK could, as an alternative to […]

Powers to parents and governors over ofsted inspections

Parents or Govenors should have the ability to trigger an Ofsted inspection if at least 25% sign a petition and present it to the Department for Education, according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott. Arnott, a former Maths teacher, made the claim as Nick Hudson, the regional director for Ofsted, criticised the poor performance of secondary […]

Divert funding from vanity University degrees to apprenticeships says Jonathan Arnott MEP

 – UKIP MEP gives examples of degrees at Newcastle University where funding should be scrapped  – States that funds should be used to boost apprenticeships for ‘real world experience’ Funding for vanity degrees should be scrapped, and money saved should be invested into apprenticeships in the region to cut a ‘chronic skills shortage’, claims UKIP’s North […]

Letters – We must be able to defend ourselves

Dear Editor, Recent reports highlighted that an unidentified submarine could be lurking off the coast of Scotland and the UK lacked the resources to react to this potential threat. Indeed, allies had to send planes from as far away as France, America and Canada just so we could search our own coast. If we ever did face a real threat I […]

Letters – Praise for local football fans

Dear Editor, As an avid football fan, and a football commentator for a hospital radio station, I completely understand the intense rivalry between local football clubs. Therefore, as an ambassador of this region, it fills me with pride that fans from both Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC have met together at the Bridge Hotel in […]

Letters – Cut waste not key services

Dear Editor, We’ve already seen frontline services in the North East crippled in everything from the NHS to road repairs, and are now told things are going to get worse under future governments.  Labour bankrupted our country and now the Liberal/Tory coalition has somehow made things worse. When you consider the tens of millions of […]

Support for legal high ban

MEP Jonathan Arnott is backing calls by the Centre for Social Justice for so called ‘legal high’ party drugs to be banned. Mr Arnott, who has long been a vociferous opponent of these dangerous drugs, spoke out after new figures showed the number of deaths linked to them has increased eightfold in three years. Think-tank, […]

Letters – Hartlepool foodbank shame

Dear Editor, It is devastating that in the 21st Century foodbanks still exist and that vital food handouts are given to families on an average of every three minutes in our town.  I support the wonderful voluntary work that is going on, and thank all members of the public who have donated towards collections.  Having seen […]

Letters – Customer service should always be a priority

Dear Editor, It is good to see that bosses from Nexus have acknowledged some of the issues facing the Metro service.  However constituents advise me that the problems run deeper than the obvious issues to do with the trains and lines. Constituents have complained to me of large indoor stations left completely unmanned in the […]