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

 

Letters – These sham negotiations represent everything that is wrong with modern politics

Dear Editor,

The sham negotiations currently being held in Brussels between David Cameron and EU leaders represent everything that is wrong with modern politics.  Whilst Cameron has asked for nothing of substance, it appears to be a heavily choreographed charade designed to make voters think that Cameron has played hardball and won significant reforms that the EU was unhappy to concede.

I would respect the Prime Minister much more if he simply admitted the truth: he wants Britain to stay in the EU regardless of any renegotiation. Instead, he is using the same old dirty political spin and propaganda tricks that have ruined public trust in Westminster to try to trick the British public into thinking that he has secured reforms that will change the nature of our relationship with the EU.

As Mr Cameron has been unable to convince his own party that he has secured a good deal, I have no idea how he hopes to fool the public – but I have no doubt that it will involve plenty of scaremongering (a tactic that has formed the basis of the “IN” campaign’s strategy in recent weeks).

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

Letters – Congratulations to Durham Constabulary

Dear Editor,

In recent months we’ve heard so much about problems within North East police forces, funding cuts biting hard, a lack of officers on the streets, reduced front-line services and crime on the rise.

Let’s not overlook the great work done by a great many local officers. In particular, I would like to congratulate Durham Constabulary for being the only police force in England and Wales to be rated “outstanding” in a recent review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Bad news is often the easiest to remember, but good news should also be remembered and celebrated – and this is no small achievement!

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East