We must ensure that our government gives our veterans all the support and resources that they require and deserve

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter on Armistice Day, while observing the traditional silence at 11am I could not help but think about just how many people made sacrifices so that our nation could remain free and secure.  Indeed, many of those people live and work alongside us today.

I would simply like to take this opportunity to thank all of your readers who have served in our armed forces over the years.

Sadly, the last few decades have seen the UK get involved in numerous wars and whilst we must never forget the sacrifice of the soldiers who fought in the wars of the 20th Century, we must also ensure we do not overlook the sacrifice of those who have most recently died and fought in our armed forces.  Since the turn of the Millennium we have lost many brave soldiers and to this day countless others continue to deal with injuries suffered while serving their country.

We must never forget this sacrifice and we must ensure that our government gives our veterans all the support and resources that they require and deserve.

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

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Money saving proposals rejected by EU

Proposals by UKIP which would have saved more than €3.4 billion taxpayers money have been thrown out by the EU.

“This is how the European Union operates – spend, spend, spend and to hell with the cost, as it not coming out of over-paid bureaucrats’ pockets,” said Jonathan Arnott, UKIP’s North East MEP.

“We put 33 eminently sensible money saving proposals forward to the budget committee and one by one they have been rejected. Sadly this came as no great surprise as the EU’s ethos is to keep expanding as it is a money-gobbling machine on the road to destruction.

“Our proposals included cutting MEP salaries, travel expenses and their assistants budget  – so no great shock that they got the thumbs down!”, he said.

The other cost saving suggestions included – scrapping the Economic and Monetary Union propaganda campaign; cutting commissioners salaries; scrapping the EU House of History; cutting the Monnet professor budget and cutting funding for more countries to join the EU, e.g. Turkey.

“The Parliament’s attitude to the proposals is further proof – not that we really need more – that the UK’s vote for Brexit was absolutely the right decision.

“Some people ask these days what is the point of UKIP now we have had the referendum and the answer is we must hold the government’s feet to the fire to make sure that Britain’s exit from this failing bloc happens sooner rather than later. Every day that goes by continues to cost us £55 million a day,” said Mr Arnott.

Nissan news welcomed by Jonathan Arnott MEP

News that the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, securing in the region of 7,000 jobs, has been welcomed by local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

Whilst the Qashqai decision had been expected, the X-Trail was more of a surprise.

Almost one-third of all cars made in the UK last year were made at the Sunderland plant.

Jonathan Arnott said “I am absolutely delighted that these jobs have been secured and this is fantastic news not just for Nissan workers, but also for those working in jobs in the supply chain.

“This is a real much needed boost to the local economy.

“I wonder how long it will be before we hear the words ‘despite Brexit’ from those naysayers and doom-mongers who downplay every success and magnify every failure in an attempt to sabotage the will of the people and British prosperity.

“They were not slow to try to weaponise Nissan in their fight against the referendum result and this is one in the eye for them. They ought to reflect upon the jeopardy in which they place British jobs when they do so.

“This news is not just good news for the North East but the whole country as I have no doubt that the confidence shown by Nissan will be reflected by other companies,” said Mr Arnott.

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An EU employee has been put on leave and given €18,000 per month

An “appalling money for nothing” scheme for EU employees taking early retirement has been highlighted by UKIP.

The issue has come to light after approval was given this week for an employee to be put on leave and given €18,000 per month potentially for five years.

The unnamed staff member currently earns €12,000 a month but an amendment passed by the EU Budget Committee involves not only a larger sum but it will be classed as an allowance.

And at the employee’s request he will continue to pay into the organisation’s generous pension scheme.  He has been placed on leave “in the interests of the service” effective from December 1.

According to the Staff statutes, 5% of all EU staff eligible for retirement, can get full pay for doing nothing up to a maximum of five years.

Jonathan Arnott, North East UKIP MEP, said, “For this individual to be paid this staggering amount of money and then be explicitly asked to do nothing flies in the face of hard-working Brits who do a proper day’s work for their money.

“To pay them more than the Prime Minister to do nothing is appalling – but then getting value for British tax-payer’s money has never been a high priority for the EU which is a bonfire of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.

“I have written to the Secretariat to ask for clarification about exactly how much taxpayers’ money is involved in this case, and will be grilling the Commission to find out how much money is being spent to keep other officials on similar money-for-nothing schemes.”

How many more innocent animals must die before our government will act?

Dear Editor,

Writing this letter reminds me of the film Groundhog Day:until Phil the weatherman learns his lesson, he’s doomed to repeat the same day of his life over and over again. I write once again about a cruel attack on an animal, this time near Redcar. These offences are not only far too common, but they are not taken seriously enough by our criminal justice system.

Current laws are woefully inadequate, with maximum sentences of under a year in jail for any animal cruelty offence. Even some of the most horrific of offences often do not result in a custodial sentence.

Parliament must act to increase the maximum sentences for animal cruelty. Sentencing guidelines need to be change so that those who torture animals for pleasure expect to go to prison.

It’s rare that I, as a UKIP MEP, will be heard praising Labour politicians. But I was immensely pleased to hear Anna Turley MP (Redcar) call for tougher sentences in Parliament this week and hope that more MPs will treat this important issue with the seriousness and gravity that it deserves.

Society has a responsibility to those who do not have a voice of their own, and the treatment of animals is no exception; these animal welfare issues should never be ignored. How many more innocent animals must die before our government will act?

Regards,

Jonathan Arnott MEP

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Crime rises across the North East

Newly released figures showing that crime is up in the North East paint a “very worrying picture” said the region’s UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

The figures revealed by Office of National Statistics show that across the region the number of recorded crimes, excluding fraud, are up by by 24%. by 190,022.

The breakdown shows that at 35% Northumbria has the highest crime increase in any police force area in England and Wales against 2015. In Durham the rise has been 19% and Cleveland 11%.

“These figures paint a worrying picture in a time when a Conservative government is continuing to make cuts to our police forces,” said Mr Arnott.

“It surely demonstrates that you cannot just keep on cutting back on public services such as our vital police forces, because eventually something has to give.

“The public rightly expect that they should be safe in their homes and on the streets and these figures tend to undermine that expectation.

“The North East tops the league in unemployment figures and that inevitably has a knock on effect on crime figures as desperate people can be driven to desperate measures, although undoubtedly the vast majority are law abiding individuals.

It’s time to get touch on crime,” he added.

Soruce:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingjune2016