Entries by Darren

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 […]

SCRAP THE BEDROOM TAX TO REDUCE YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

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 […]

A Wind of Hope Coming From Clacton

If there is a hope, then perhaps it lies in a gentle sea breeze blowing westward from Clacton. A remarkable coincidence occurred last week on the train on the way back up to my constituency, sitting next to a colleague for whom I have enormous respect and discussing UKIP’s potential amongst the working class forgotten […]

Rejuvenate and sell empty homes in Durham to protect our green belt

Durham’s County Council should make much greater efforts to rejuvenate and sell empty properties rather than ‘carve up’ the city’s green belt, according to Durham’s UKIP Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott. The County Durham Plan earmarks land for 5,200 new homes around Durham by 2030, including 4,000 on green belt land. Durham County Council chiefs say protected […]

Council Question – Could the Council please clarify a matter which constituents have raised with me concerning the changes to qualified majority voting (QMV) in Council? Are there any competences which will transfer from unanimity to QMV in November 2014? If so, could the Council please list the relevant areas?

Question to the Council for written answer:   Could the Council please clarify a matter which constituents have raised with me concerning the changes to qualified majority voting (QMV) in Council? Are there any competences which will transfer from unanimity to QMV in November 2014? If so, could the Council please list the relevant areas? […]

Commission Question – It has been reported in the press that the Commission paid the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) the sum of EUR 6 100 987 (GBP 4 854 039), in addition to the total of EUR 24.4 million (GBP 19 million) paid by the EU in grants to the BBC between 2007 and 2012.1 Could the Commission clarify this claim, and provide details of the purpose for which these grants were made and the thematic programme heading they fell under?

Question to the Commission for written answer It has been reported in the press that the Commission paid the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) the sum of EUR 6 100 987 (GBP 4 854 039), in addition to the total of EUR 24.4 million (GBP 19 million) paid by the EU in grants to the BBC between 2007 and 2012.1 Could the Commission clarify […]

Where I stand on TTIP‏

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade deal between the EU and the USA, which is already proving to be controversial – although I suspect it to still be years away from coming to fruition. Sadly, there is a lot of misinformation being put out about my position – including by […]