Congratulations on another successful UKIP public meeting

Congratulations to UKIP North Tyneside for holding a very successful public meeting last night.   By  far the majority of attendees were not UKIP members and we enjoyed a very lively debate about what UKIP stand for on everything from the NHS to income tax.

It is always a pleasure to meet constituents through my role as an MEP and I was delighted to see so many members of the public turn up to hear from UKIP and our very strong local candidate in Tynemouth – Gary Legg.

Thank you to UKIP North Tyneside for a great evening.  Over my first few months as an MEP, it has been a pleasure to see UKIP continuing to grow all across the North East; from Darlington in the south to Berwick in the North.  I look forward to attending many more grass roots events right across the North East in the near future.

UKIP MEP urges Baird to stop “pouring taxpayers’ cash down the drain”

– Arnott accuses Baird of being a ‘graduate of the Tony Blair School of Economics’

–  New figures reveal Northumbria police spent £165,681 in 2013/2014 on two external contracts to companies providing translation services.

Labour’s Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has been urged to ‘stop pouring taxpayers cash down the drain’, by UKIP’s Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.

The call comes as Baird released a survey asking residents whether they would be prepared to ‘pay more for policing’.

Baird is responsible for setting the police precept – the amount everyone pays for policing in their council tax bills – the maximum it can be raised without the need for a referendum is 1.99%.

Mr Arnott, UKIP’s local Euro MP, said “Ms Baird is clearly a graduate of the Tony Blair School of Economics – here she is wishing to push up people’s taxes whilst under here watch taxpayers’ money is being poured down the drain. Only last month we heard how £10,428 was needed to repair police cars after 77 fuelling errors, currently Northumbria Police Force are advertising for a ‘Corporate Communications Adviser’ on a salary of up to £28,000, whilst continuing to splash tens of thousands of pounds each year on third party translators. The situation is an utter farce”.

Recent figures unveiled in an FOI request to Northumbria Police shows that the force have two external contracts – one for telephone services (Language Line), and one for face to face interpreting and translation (ITL) on an as-needed basis.

In 2013/14, £165,681 was spent on these services.

Northumbria Police Force were criticised in 2011 for taking a delivery of a £50,000 ‘steel ball in a hula hoop’ sculpture on the day staff were told 450 jobs are to go.

Arnott added “At a time where front line jobs have been cut, we need to take a long hard look at paper-pushing backroom staff, who are often on inflated salaries, to ensure our streets are kept safe and we that we get the best possible value for the taxpayer”.

Jonathan Arnott MEP selected to stand for Parliament in Easington

UKIP have selected their North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott, to fight the Easington constituency at this year’s General Election.

Branch members met last Friday evening to vote on potential candidates who had put their name forward to be considered as the party’s candidate.

Following the event Mr Arnott said “It is an honour to stand in the constituency where I live, and to provide a voice to those who have been completely neglected by the Labour Party across the area. UKIP want to scrap tax on minimum wage jobs, scrap the bedroom tax and protect the people’s health service which was so heavily privatised under the last Labour government.”

Jonathan Arnott MEP on ‘deeply disturbing’ Lib Dem Councillor remarks regarding alleged Tyneside sex attack victim  

Reacting to the news that a Lib Dem Cllr suggested an alleged Tyneside sex attack victim was too ugly to be targeted, Jonathan Arnott MEP said:

“There is much about this case that is deeply disturbing.  For an elected councillor to describe a woman as ‘too ugly’ to be raped is deeply disturbing and distressing.  Frankly, comments like that have no place in politics.  He has resigned from the Lib Dems; he should resign from the Council altogether.

“I can’t comment on suggestions by Italian police that she might have ‘made it up’ because I’m not in possession of the full facts of the case.  But this shows the danger of the European Arrest Warrant: thanks to Cameron signing back up to it, British citizens can still be extradited to face trial abroad without a British court having reviewed the evidence.  In such cases there is a serious risk of miscarriage of justice because we’ve given up the right to protect our own people.”

UKIP slam Labour MEP’s ‘rank hypocrisy’ over European Parliament activity level

–          MEP activity levels revealed – shows UKIP’s single MEP in the North East, works harder than the region’s two Labour MEPs combined.

–          Arnott says it is an example of ‘rank hypocrisy that is engrained in the Labour Party’, and that the Labour Party in the North East is becoming ‘all smear and no substance’ in its constant attacks on UKIP.

As 2014’s MEP activity figures are revealed, Labour’s two North East MEPs have been accused of ‘rank hypocrisy’, by UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.

The claim comes as final activity figures of MEPs within the European Parliament were revealed by independent organisation, MEPRanking, showing that Mr. Arnott is one of the hardest-working MEPs anywhere in the country.

Figures released show that Mr Arnott has made 73 speeches in the European Parliament, in comparison to Labour’s combined total of just 6, since their term of office began on the 1st July.

Mr Arnott’s figure is the highest of any British MEP of any Party, and 9th out of all 750 MEPs in the European Parliament.

Figures also show that Arnott, UKIP’s first ever elected MEP for the North East, has asked 36 parliamentary questions to the European Commission on behalf of constituents, in comparison to a combined total of the two Labour MEPs of just 15.

Shortly after the European election results, Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling said “I think there’s a responsibility if you are elected by people, to properly represent them in the organisation you are elected to. Up till now, Jonathan Arnott said he is not going to participate in the European Parliament, I think that is a betrayal of the electorate”.

In the Journal (31st October), Labour’s David Anderson MP added “When Mr Arnott and his colleagues start attending their jobs regularly in Brussels and Strasbourg and do their job for which they were elected they might be listened to more”.

Following the news, UKIP’s local Euro MP Jonathan Arnott said “This is yet another fine example of the lies that were made about me in the run up to the European elections, and the rank hypocrisy that is engrained in the Labour Party. I had never said that I wouldn’t participate, merely that I wanted to spend time back in the UK working hard for my constituents as well.  These figures clearly show that I’ve worked much harder in the European Parliament than both Labour MEPs put together.”

Mr Arnott pointed to public meetings he has attended in recent months to meet constituents at various locations across the North East, including Alnwick, Blyth, Bedlington, Cramlington, Gateshead and Middlesbrough – with more planned in January and February.

“When you compare the record of Labour’s MEPs to mine, it’s rank hypocrisy for them to make these claims.  The Labour Party in the North East is becoming ‘all smear and no substance’ in its constant attacks on UKIP, even when they have been categorically proven wrong” added Arnott.

Notes to the editor:

MEPRanking – Record of Jonathan Arnott MEP: http://www.mepranking.eu/mep.php?id=124958

MEPRanking – Record of Jude Kirton Darling MEP: http://www.mepranking.eu/mep.php?id=124953

MEPRanking – Record of Paul Brannen MEP: http://www.mepranking.eu/mep.php?id=124954

EU expecting ‘huge gift from Santa’, says UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott.

The EU is expecting a ‘huge gift from Santa’, according to UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott, as EU leaders gather in Brussels to discuss a €315 billion investment fund proposed by EU President, Jean – Claude Juncker.

The fund, unveiled towards the end last month, is planned to result in €315bn investment in the EU economy in the forthcoming years, using a guarantee of €16 billion from the EU budget and €5 billion from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Getting from €21bn to €315bn represents a leverage ratio of 15, a figure that has triggered fierce criticism that the European Commission is merely using figures which ‘don’t add up’.

UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott MEP, said “In the run-up to Christmas, the European Council will be holding a meeting about Juncker’s proposed €315 billion investment Plan for Europe.  With the European Union contributing just €16 billion and the Investment Bank €5 billion, the only way that this will work is if they receive a huge gift from Santa because the economic reality is that the figures just don’t add up.

“Private companies aren’t going to contribute 15 times what’s put in by Europe unless there’s an incredibly sweet deal for them, which means a bad deal for the taxpayer.  After the recent British experience of the disaster which was Labour’s PFI initiative in the NHS, I don’t expect people in the UK to warm to Mr. Juncker’s Ponzi scheme.”