Entries by Darren

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 […]

Addressing Child Poverty in the North East‏

In the wake of today’s story in the Chronicle that child poverty is rising to such an extent that almost 50% of young people in some parts of the North East (47%, Elswick, Newcastle) are living in poverty, I was asked on Twitter for my views. Sometimes, 140 characters just isn’t enough to do justice […]

Letter – Don’t believe Labour’s Lies

Dear Editor, It was bitterly disappointing to see Labour’s MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, resort to gutter-style politics in Wednesday’s (Oct 15th) edition of the Northern Echo. Labour seem completely incapable of debating UKIP on policy, so instead, have resorted to smears and lies, in a measly attempt to stop the UKIP surge in Hartlepool. […]

Letter- A long-term railway investment plan is required

Dear Editor, Last week, Grand Central announced a large investment in the region’s rail network, but the Journal’s story today reinforced yet again just how much work is ahead of us before infrastructure in the North East is on par with the rest of the country. Whether you are travelling to work, an event or […]

Shock new figures show UKIP could be set to win Hartlepool

UKIP could be set to win Hartlepool at next year’s general election according to shock new figures released by a national newspaper over the weekend. UKIP came just 617 votes off Labour’s Liz McInnes in last Thursday’s Heywood and Middleton by-election, with the party increasing its share of the vote from just 2.63% in 2010 […]