Entries by Darren

Letter- The number of foreign criminals in our prisons rises again

Dear Editor, Our prison service currently faces a funding crisis and a chronic lack of places.  Standards and security have been dropping and suicide rates are soaring.  Meanwhile, the National Audit Office has reported that the number of foreign prisoners has gone up – yet again.  They reported that the UK now has 12,250 foreign […]

Parliamentary Activity – UKIP North East MEP’s cost cutting amendment rejected without a vote

The UK Independence Party today slammed other political parties for voting in favour of yet more EU funding, as they approved the EU’s budget for 2015.   UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, together with UKIP’s colleagues in the Italian Five-Star Movement, tabled a string of amendments to the EU budget to cut the cost to taxpayers.  […]

Letter – We must provide proper facilities for our school children

Dear Editor, I’d like to praise Central First School in Ashington, Northumberland, following their transformation of a double-decker bus into a classroom, as a cost-effective solution to their chronic lack of space. However, does this not illustrate the sad state of affairs in our education system today? The Labour Party failed miserably during their time […]


The bedroom tax should be scrapped immediately in an attempt to alleviate the rise in youth homelessness across the region, according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott. The call comes following the publication of the most recent Youth Homelessness North East (YHNE) report, showing that youth homelessness is continuing to rise across the […]

Time for a sensible discussion on e-cigarettes

Hundreds of thousands of people have managed to quit smoking cigarettes and moved on to e-cigarettes instead.  It’s pretty obvious that, although e-cigarettes aren’t exactly as healthy as quitting smoking altogether, in comparison they will drastically reduce the risk of the various health issues associated with smoking. I wouldn’t object to a certain regulation of […]

Letter – Announcing my support for the Right Lines campaign

Dear Editor,   I would like to publicly pledge my support to the Echo’s Right Lines campaign. Modernising and improving the North East’s railways is absolutely vital to improving the region’s future prosperity.  In recent weeks I have spoken about this issue multiple times and I am delighted to throw my full support behind your […]