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.

UKIP - Southport 8.11.14

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.”

UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott responds to EU Court of Auditors annual report

UKIP MEP and member of European Parliament Budget Control Committee, Jonathan Arnott today said:

“The auditors’ report shows that last year’s massive increase in errors and fraud in the EU budget was no one-off but part of a systemic failure.

We’ve got multinationals claiming small business relief, farms claiming buildings as grazing land and officials pocketing 5 times the going rate for their jobs.

The EU’s budget is now riddled with an error rate of almost 5%. That’s three times as much money as the UK is being expected to hand over to the EU on December 1st.

Any small business acting in such a manner would be closed down, but apologists for the EU look the other way when confronted with the evidence of mismanagement and fraud.”