Support for legal high ban

MEP Jonathan Arnott is backing calls by the Centre for Social Justice for so called ‘legal high’ party drugs to be banned.

Mr Arnott, who has long been a vociferous opponent of these dangerous drugs, spoke out after new figures showed the number of deaths linked to them has increased eightfold in three years.

Think-tank, CSJ is asking the Government to implement legislation similar to laws introduced in Ireland in 2010.

The move would mean that some 200 ‘head shops’, which offer a range of drug paraphernalia, would close.

“Former drugs minister Norman Baker was supporting a blanket ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of such psychoactive substances but he has since left the Home Office so that may well have been kicked into the long grass,” said Mr Arnott, the North East’s Euro MP.

“Well it is too important to be side lined; young people are continuing to lose their lives or end up hospitalised because of these ‘legal highs’ and the government must act.

“I am not a supporter of imposing blanket bans restricting people’s liberties but this is an exception to that rule. It is necessary because otherwise the manufacturers just change the chemical composition to get round specific bans.

“We have a problem with drugs generally in this country, mainly, but not exclusively, with young people and we must do more by way of education to deter them dallying with danger which can easily lead to long term addiction,” he added.

 

Shocking new figures show Labour have zero credibility on zero hour contracts

Labour have ‘zero credibility’ on zero hour contracts according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott, after new figures revealed that Darlington Borough Council employs nearly 400 staff members on either a casual master or zero hour contract.

The figures were accurate as of the 20th October 2014, and were released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Last year, figures released by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggested that the national figure for zero hours contracts could be approximately 1 million. Pro rata, that would indicate an estimate of circa 39,000 North East workers on zero hour contracts.

Jonathan Arnott, Darlington’s local Euro MP, said “The Labour politicians which lead Darlington Council should feel completely and utterly ashamed. These shocking statistics are prevalent not only in our region, but in Labour-led councils right across the country.

“I do understand that these contracts can be a necessary evil for some small businesses, which are not yet at the stage where they can gauge the amount of work required from one week to the next.  But big corporations, which our political class cosy up to, use zero hour contracts on a basis which can often lead to the exploitation of workers.“

A recent study by Durham University graduate Marjorie Libourel found the use of zero hour contracts disrupts family life, leads to higher divorces rates, and problems for child care and holiday arrangements.

She argued that the lack of stability for on demand employees makes it difficult to budget and plan finances in the long term.

Arnott continued “As leader of the Labour Party, Blair promised that a Labour government would see an end to zero hour contracts. Twenty years on, Labour MP’s and Labour-led councils are still using them collectively in their thousands. As a party, Labour have zero credibility on zero hour contracts. All talk, no substance.”

 

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Jonathan Arnott MEP learns about the ways in which food bank organisations help those in need across the North East

UKIP’s North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott, visited Hartlepool Tesco last week to learn more about the partnership between the supermarket chain and the Trussel Trust, and make a food donation.
Tesco is the first national supermarket to partner with foodbanks for what was their fifth collection. The supermarket has also pledged to ‘top-up’ food donations by 30%, to provide longer term support to Trussell Trust foodbanks and Fareshare.
Arnott said “It is devastating that in the North East, we have one of the most used foodbanks in the UK, as well as over 25,000 people seeking support by the Trussel Trust’s Gateshead, Newcastle East and Newcastle West End food banks alone.
“A massively overcomplicated benefits system and low incomes are forcing more people, who are desperately in need, to turn to foodbanks. We need a more accessible and flexible benefits system, so people are able to understand easily what support they are entitled to receive. We also need to lift those who are on the minimum wage out of income tax altogether. These two policies alone would go a significant distance in helping those who are in need across the North East”.

UKIP open North East campaign HQ

UKIP’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall MEP, declared that Blyth Valley would be a ‘two horse race’ between Labour and UKIP in next year’s general election.

Mr Nutall, the North West’s Euro MP, travelled to the constituency yesterday to open UKIP’s North East campaign HQ and constituent advice centre in Blyth’s town centre.

UKIP were within touching distance of winning throughout Northumberland in May’s European elections, coming 300 votes off top spot.

In an interview earlier this year, UKIP’s North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott, said that it was ‘objective to say that the Labour party has been complacent in the North East’, and that he had a ‘gut instinct’ that UKIP could do well in Blyth valley.

Following the launch, Mr Nuttall, said “We are going to take the fight to Labour in this constituency. Labour’s ‘anti-UKIP’ smear machine will, in no doubt, be in full swing in Blyth Valley right up until May next year. UKIP want to keep the NHS free at the point of delivery, we want to scrap the bedroom tax, and we want to scrap tax on minimum wage jobs. It is no wonder that hard working people are flocking to UKIP in their droves”.

 Cllr Barry Elliott, UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Blyth Valley, has pledged to open another two constituent advice centres in Cramlington and Seaton Delaval, if elected as the constituency’s MP next May. 

Mr Elliott said “We in this constituency feel completely neglected by Labour, and have done for a number of years. UKIP are offering a positive vision for working class people who feel left behind by the cosy chumocracy which fill the green seats of Westminster. Labour have let us down time and time again, and we in the North East want a change”.

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Letters – Thoughts on Hartlepool Power Station

Dear Editor,
I welcome the news that the local Power Station has been declared safe.  Not only is this great news from a public safety standpoint, but it is important for the local economy.  This should help to secure the long-term future of the power station and the hundreds of high quality jobs which it provides.
 
We need to rebuild our power-production base in this country.  I would like to see us diversify our sources of power by increasing the use of efficient renewables (once they are in a position to provide value for money on your bill), and producing clean coal with carbon capture and storage ourselves rather than importing millions of tons of coal from abroad.  Shale gas and nuclear offer short- and medium-term options.
 
But however we develop our energy, if it’s done cost-effectively and we become more self-sufficient then (unlike the wind turbines which benefit only rich landowners) we can create jobs in the energy industry without higher prices which hurt our manufacturing industry and cost jobs.
 
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East

Two fantastic UKIP public meetings this week‏

UKIP have held two fantastic public meetings in the last two days, with the region’s UKIP MEP, Jonathan Arnott, and Blair Smillie, UKIP’s Spokesman on the UK coal industry as guest speakers.

The first of the two public meetings was held in Killingworth, in the North Tyneside constituency.

Following the meeting, UKIP’s North Tyneside Chairman, Gary Legg, said “It was tremendous to see so many people turnout and hear the two UKIP speakers on a cold November evening. People are fed up with lazy Labour neglecting the people of North Tyneside, only UKIP are proving to be a viable opposition to the Labour Party here”.

With around 150 people in attendance across the two nights, and with the audience having the opportunity to ask any question to either of the speakers, the evening proved to be an enjoyable event, providing some great debate.

The second of the two public meetings was held in Bedlington, in the Wansbeck constituency, where UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate, Melanie Hurst, made a speech about her vision for Wansbeck, and then took questions from the floor.

UKIP Wansbeck Chairman, Richard Hall, said “It’s rather ironic, but not surprising, that an evening which had been publicised beforehand by a self-proclaimed ‘anti-fascist’ group in the North East, who clearly had the intention of disrupting the meeting, was full to the brim of such entertaining discussion and debate. It was great to hear the three speakers provide such a positive array of policies which UKIP have developed. I am very confident that our people’s army in Wansbeck will take the fight to Labour next May”.

If you would like Jonathan to speak at your public meeting, please contact Chris Cassidy on: chris.cassidy@jonathanarnott.co.uk

Thanks to UKIP North Tyneside for a great evening

Last night I spoke at UKIP North Tyneside’s latest public meeting with my UKIP colleague Blair Smillie.   Thank you to the North Tyneside team for organising such a great evening!

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Jonathan Arnott MEP criticises “culture of disbelief” over rape cases

–   UKIP MEP claims a ‘culture of disbelief’ exists among some of our region’s police forces surrounding rape.

–   The Euro MP welcomes independent scrutiny panel which seeks to ‘shine a light’ on the way Durham police force investigates reported cases of rape.

 

A ‘culture of disbelief’ exists among some police forces in the North East surrounding rape, according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.

The claim came as the MEP welcomed an independent rape scrutiny panel which is seeking to ‘shine a light’ on the way Durham police force investigates reported cases of rape, and improve police practice.

Its findings will then be presented to police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and external agencies.

Last month, Northumbria Police announced that nearly a third of rape cases that had previously been dismissed by the police force are now being reopened.

An audit previously said some rape cases may have been incorrectly recorded as a ‘no crime’.

Cleveland Police also said it would reopen 14 such cases from recent years, after an audit highlighted the same issue with the force.

Mr Arnott said “There has been a culture of disbelief for too long surrounding rape, which is why I welcome the independent rape scrutiny panel to make sure that victims are not denied justice for one of the most serious types of crime imaginable.

“Both Northumberland and Cleveland police forces have announced recently that they are reopening cases which they incorrectly recorded as ‘no crimes’. Together, police forces across our region need to send out a clear message that reported cases of rape will be dealt with seriously”.

Analysis of data earlier this year by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary showed that almost 1,500 allegations of rape were classified by police forces last year as “no crimes”.

Arnott added “We need to ensure victims of rape have every confidence in the criminal justice system, and this independent scrutiny panel is a step in the right direction”.

Jonathan Arnott MEP at the UKIP North West Conference

Last weekend I spoke at UKIP’s North West Conference in Southport. Well done to the North West team for organising such a fantastic day.

 

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UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

 

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

 

 

Labour MP Embroiled in ‘Blackmail Smear’ Row

 ·   UKIP Candidate in Stockton North received vile letter from current Labour MP

·  Accuses the Jewish mother of two of supporting anti-semitism, racism and violent misogyny

 

The UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton North, Mandy Boylett, has received a threatening letter from current Labour MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, in which he insinuates he plans to smear her campaign with accusations of supporting anti-semitic and extreme views.

Mrs Boylett, a Jewish mother of two whose own father was a German refugee fleeing the Holocaust during World War II, says she is shocked and deeply disturbed by the actions of the MP, whose vile letter she received earlier this week.

In the letter, Alex Cunningham states that UKIP has joined forces with the Polish Congress of the New Right Party in the European Union, a matter that is totally untrue and has been very publically condemned by UKIP following an attempted smear by political opponents. The Party’s leader Janusz Korwin-Mikke, to whom Alex Cunningham attributes a selection of extreme views, is an MEP but not a member of the group in which UKIP sits, the EFDD – which demonstrates that the accusation is totally perverse.

The MP goes on to tell the candidate that in standing for UKIP she ‘will publicly defend Mr Janusz Korwin-Mikke’s comments with regard to “n*****s”, Hitler and rape’

“I felt so intimidated and so personally offended by his letter. I simply cannot believe a current MP would resort to this level of behaviour against another electoral candidate. The fact that the Labour Party are using a borderline blackmail smear attempt to threaten another candidate shows just what depths these people are willing to stoop to.

“I am Jewish woman, a mother and a staunch believer in democracy. We know that the very nature of the European Parliament means that there are many unsavoury characters within the four walls. The Labour Party know this very well after organising a summer camp for junior members with the Party of European Socialists where gay delegates were threatened with violence. It’s a very good reason why we need to get Britain out of that institution.

“But for an MP to get his facts so grossly wrong, or worse still, deliberately twist reality to attack a candidate from another party like this, frankly you have to question whether he is fit for office.​

“I am really, really hurt but it has resolved me to work even harder to get this sort of self-serving, cruel-natured character out of British politics. This is no way for a politician to behave.”