Letters – Most farmers I’ve met during the campaign are desperate to leave the EU

Dear Editor,

Paul Brannen (Echo, June 10) states that anyone who cares about farmers and the countryside should vote to stay in the EU. He goes on to quote two organisations which have received millions of pounds in ‘EU funding’ and says that they want to stay in. Well they would say that; they’ve effectively been paid to! Just remember that ‘EU funding’ has come from our taxes in the first place.

Of course, those who care about animal welfare should vote to Leave the European Union; whilst we’re in the EU we’re powerless to ban the live export of animals.

As for farming, his points are significantly at variance with my experience: most farmers I’ve met during the campaign are desperate to leave the EU. Indeed, although Paul Brannen cites Farmers Weekly, the Farmers Weekly poll found that 59% of farmers would vote to leave! Like in many other areas, there’s scaremongering in farming. If we left the EU, of course we’d continue to subsidise farming (as we did before we joined). But we could do that far more efficiently by ourselves, cutting out the middleman and ridding ourselves of some of the more ridiculous rules and regulations which the EU currently applies to our farmers.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

Letters – “EU funding” comes from British taxes

Dear Editor,

It is good news that job prospects for thousands of young people in the Hartlepool area are to receive a boost. (Hartlepool Mail May 23)

The Youth Employment Initiative in intended to help 6,500 young people get into employment, education or training and that must be welcomed.

But let no one be fooled. The £19.25m money for the scheme is described as “European Union” funding. That is not some benevolent generosity by Brussels. That’s just them giving us back a fraction of the money we give them every day.

If we weren’t dutifully handing over £350m a week to the EU for them to give some back – always complete with strings – we would have enough money to spend as we choose.

Education and job opportunities are vital for this region, which is particularly badly hit with unemployment, and away from the EU’s control we can spend our own money to help our own people.

One of the reasons for the tragic demise of the steel industry in the North East was EU anti-competition rules. Without that much more could have been done to have saved those jobs.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – Local Newspaper Week

Dear Editor,

Local newspapers are taken for granted by many readers – but they should never be under-valued, particularly as sadly many are under threat and many others have vanished forever.

This is Local Newspaper Week and it is only right that the fantastic role they play in community life should be highlighted.

Life gets ever harder for newspapers, particularly the weeklies, with decreased staffing levels and local authorities, hospital trusts and emergency services employing press officers to try to ensure only good news is revealed.

With local authorities using a cabinet system the so called transparency they preach can be anything but. However determined journalists always seek after the truth on behalf of the communities they serve and that should never be forgotten.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – You can still register to vote in the EU referendum until the 7th of June

Dear Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to remind your readers that even though you can no longer register to vote in this year’s local elections, you can still register to vote in the EU referendum until the 7th of June.  You can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

I believe that this is the most important political choice that the British people have faced in a generation and it is important that as many people are eligible to vote as possible.  This is a decision that will impact all of our lives for many years to come and it is a choice that will be made by the the British people, not just a small political elite.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

 

Letters – We must make it very clear that attacks on hospital staff will not be tolerated

Dear Editor,

 

I was extremely disappointed to hear that a woman who attacked three nurses and a police officer in the University Hospital of North Tees has not been given a prison sentence.

 

Crimes like this are utterly unacceptable and alcohol is no excuse. We must make it very clear that attacks on hospital staff will not be tolerated – under any circumstances. Medical staff already have a very tough job without having to fear the possibility of being physically assaulted at work. The lack of a jail sentence in this case sends out completely the wrong message about violence against those who are there to protect us.

 

Regards,

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UK Independence Party

 

Letters – I’m sure that the North East will deliver a strong and clear vote in support of Brexit in a few weeks’ time

Dear Editor,

I was very pleased but unsurprised to learn that in a poll conducted on your ChronicleLive website, 70% of your readers indicated that they want to leave the European Union. This reflects the sentiment that I have been seeing not only in North East doorsteps and town centres, but in public meetings all across the region.

I’m sure that the North East will deliver a strong and clear vote in support of Brexit in a few weeks’ time; let’s hope that the rest of the country will do the same so that we can leave the corrupt, undemocratic EU and regain our place on the world stage.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – I welcome action to save UK steel jobs but I am saddened that the government did not act to save the steel jobs that were lost in the North East last year

Dear Editor,

News that the government is willing to take a 25% stake in a rescue bid for Tata Steel’s UK operations may eventually led to thousands of much needed jobs in Wales being saved.

That can only be good, though it may prove tricky to arrange thanks to the EU’s strict competition laws. But I am saddened that the government did not act to save the steel jobs that were lost in the North East last year.

The region has the worst unemployment figures in the country and every single job loss hurts the local economy.

The demise of the British steel industry is devastating but it is possible that much heart break could have been avoided if our hands had not been tied behind our backs by EU legislation.

Brussels red tape has handicapped many different types of businesses in the country, large and small, and voting out on June 23 is the only sensible option.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott, UKIP North East MEP

Letters – Teesside steel jobs secured

Dear Editor,

The deal apparently securing the future of the two Tata sites on Teesside saving 700 jobs is fantastic news.

I hope this develops into a long term and successful operation that will continue to provide employment for many years to come. And I am delighted that the plants are to be renamed Brtish Steel by the new owners Greybull Capital.

We all know how badly hit the area is with unemployment and the frightening prospect of the jobs at Skinningrove Special Profiles and Teesside Beam Mill disappearing must have caused many sleepless nights for the workers.

We must fervently hope that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s successfully crossed and the sale goes through without any last minute hitches. These skilled workers deserve a secure future.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – The political establishment is producing unprecedented levels of scaremongering

Dear Editor,
Whilst Britain faces one of the most important choices in a generation in the upcoming EU referendum, we’ve seen unprecedented levels of scaremongering by the political establishment in an attempt to influence the outcome.

Unbelievably, Cabinet Office Minister and prominent ‘IN’ campaigner Matt Hancock has refused to confirm that we will still be able to buy foreign cars post-Brexit.

Project Fear is ramping up the volume. Of course we’ll still buy foreign cars as an independent country, just like almost every other nation in the world with possible exceptions like North Korea.

Nissan has already committed to building cars in the North East if we leave the EU; is a Government minister seriously suggesting they would be unwilling to sell us any of those cars?
Regards,

 

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Letters – Meningitis B petition

Dear Editor,

I am stunned and impressed with the efforts of Gateshead dad Lee Booth’s petition to raise the age upon which children can get the meningitis B jab. Since the recent sad death of two year-old Faye Burdett, the time has come to look closely at the possibility of widening the age range of inoculation in order to increase our children’s chances of survival when they are at their most vulnerable.

This is a cause worth fighting for and I sincerely hope that MPs in Parliament will listen to families across Britain and introduce an increase in access to the meningitis B vaccine. Protection for children is vital and I am stunned that there is no automatic inoculation against the virus; the NHS and Parliament need to listen and think again.

Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East