UKIP could be set to win Hartlepool at next year’s general election according to shock new figures released by a national newspaper over the weekend.
UKIP came just 617 votes off Labour’s Liz McInnes in last Thursday’s Heywood and Middleton by-election, with the party increasing its share of the vote from just 2.63% in 2010 to 38.69%.
Figures reported in The Sun show that if the same swing was reported in Hartlepool, it would see Labour’s Iain Wright lose his seat, and UKIP pick up their first in the North East of England.
UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott, said “Hartlepool will be a two horse race between UKIP and Labour next May. Lazy Labour have taken their voters for granted in Hartlepool, and people don’t just feel neglected, but completely and utterly betrayed too. We got a fantastic result last week in Heywood and Middleton in what was an incredibly short campaign. If we emulate that next May, we will win here”.
UKIP picked up two councillors last May and came top in the town in the Euro elections.
Arnott added “Many people across Hartlepool like our policies such as ‘no tax on the minimum wage’, having a fair Australian-style points based immigration system, and stopping the political elite from continuing to privatise our NHS. Rather than focus on the tiresome left/right struggle, we’d much rather prioritise what’s right and wrong”.
Darrenhttp://www.jonathanarnott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/JA-logo-1.pngDarren2014-10-14 09:28:212014-10-14 09:28:21Shock new figures show UKIP could be set to win Hartlepool
Jonathan Arnott, the region’s local UKIP MEP, has thrown his weight behind calls for communities blighted by crime to receive all of the assets and cash seized from local criminals by councils
“I fully support the Local Government Association (LGA) in their demands for communities affected by crime to benefit from the assets seized from those responsible.
“At the moment councils get less than half the assets they recover from convicted crooks and the government keeps the rest,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP’s North-East Euro MP.
The LGA says that councils help recover an estimated £40 million in cash and assets fraudulently stolen by benefit fraudsters and rogue traders using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 every year.
The money helps fund support and compensation for victims, crime prevention initiatives and further trading standards investigations into fraudsters and counterfeit goods. It also goes towards improving local areas and has paid for park regeneration schemes, anti-graffiti projects and youth clubs.
Amjad Bashir MEP, UKIP’s Communities spokesman, added “It is plainly right that criminals should have their cash and assets confiscated and to my mind it is also plainly right that all of that should come back to benefit the affected community.
“It should all be spent improving the lives of local people and not just disappear into government funds. We are talking of millions of pounds which would make a huge difference to our communities and help fund further investigations and prosecutions.
The Government is strengthening Proceeds of Crime Act powers under the Serious Crime Bill, which returns to the Lords on October 14.
Darrenhttp://www.jonathanarnott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/JA-logo-1.pngDarren2014-10-07 09:45:052014-10-07 09:45:05Seized cash should be used for communities
A UK Independence MEP caused a stir in the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee recently after he obtained a startling admission from the head of the European Union’s anti-fraud body – that fraud within the EU budget is rising.
Giovanni Kessler, the Director General of OLAF, was appearing before the European Parliament Committee speaking to a report which showed that they issued a record number of recommendations for legal action and prosecution against fraudsters last year.
UKIP’s North East MEP Jonathan Arnott asked “Mr. Kessler, you tell us that reports of potential fraud are at their highest level and that it is set to rise still further in 2014. You also tell us that you are issuing more recommendations because you are finding more evidence of actual fraud. Now it seems to me that that increase must be the result of one of two things. Either it is that the actual level of fraud is increasing year upon year, or it is that the success rate in detecting that fraud is getting better year on year…I know I’m asking you to speculate here, but which of those is the most accurate?”
In his response, Mr. Kessler said “Mr. Arnott put me a simple question…let me give you a simple answer. It is a bit of a mix of both. We had more incoming information and more recommendations.”
Jonathan Arnott said “Taxpayers would be alarmed to learn that OLAF is detecting hundreds of cases of fraud each year, with no-one knowing the full extent of the problem. Worse still, although they’re catching more it seems that fraud is on the rise. Even a single case of fraud would still be too much, because it’s our taxes that are being wasted when it happens.”
The Labour Party should stop conning voters into believing that the cost of living has increased since they left office, according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
A report published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) crushes Ed Miliband’s claim that hard-working voters are worse off since Labour left Downing Street in 2010.
It shows inflation was almost double average wage rises between 2010 and 2013.
But the report, by leading economist Dr Tim Morgan, also reveals average salaries in Labour’s last three years of power – 2007 to 2010 – rose by 5.8%, while inflation was at 10%.
UKIP’s local MEP, Jonathan Arnott, said “There is a serious cost of living crisis across the UK which urgently needs to be addressed. However, the elephant in the room for the Labour Party, according to this new report, is that real living standards started to decline whilst Gordon Brown was Prime Minister.
“Labour have no idea how severely their ill thought through increases in green taxes throughout their time in power has effected pensioners and families throughout winter. In addition, it seems ludicrous to me that those who want to work hard, and manage to get a job on minimum wage, have to start paying income tax straight away.
“UKIP does not want to see anyone who earns the minimum wage pay a penny piece in income tax”.
CPS director, Tim Knox added “The deterioration in living standards is a clear consequence of Labour’s mismanagement of the economy”.
Darrenhttp://www.jonathanarnott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/JA-logo-1.pngDarren2014-09-29 11:59:042014-09-29 11:59:04Hypocritical Labour should stop conning voters over Cost of Living increase claim
Car parking charges should be scrapped for the first two hours across Stockton in the run up till Christmas, in drastic attempt to draw shoppers back to the streets according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
According to figures released by the Local Data Company (LDC), the North-East is the only region in the country to have shown a decline in its fortunes with an increase in shop vacancy rates by 0.4% to 16.4%.
Stockton is the area with the fifth highest rate of empty shops in Britain, with 23.9% vacant, according to figures compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC).
Arnott, the region’s local MEP, said “The report highlights how the North East’s once thriving high streets are being left to the dust bins of history whilst the rest of the country moves forward.
“Drastic action is needed to attract businesses and customers from the convenient out-of-town shopping malls and back to the high street, which were once the life blood of communities right across the country.
“In Stockton, scrapping the first two hours parking charge would be a step in the right direction to draw greater business interest into the local area and shoppers into the town”.
Matthew Hopkinson, director at the Local Data Company, said: “The first half of 2014 has shown a positive improvement in vacancy rates across the country both by geography and location type.
“What is very clear, however, is that this positive trend is not universal and hides significant variances.”
The North-east is the part of Britain where retail parks are performing best against high streets, with 18.6% of high street shops empty, compared to 7.8% in retail parks.
Arnott continued, “Yet again, a worrying pattern is emerging; whilst the rest of the country’s fortunes improve, the North East is left behind. I would urge councillors, not just in Stockton, but right across the North East to consider reducing car parking charges in a small step to attract business and punters back to the high street”.
Darrenhttp://www.jonathanarnott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/JA-logo-1.pngDarren2014-09-23 10:27:122014-09-23 10:27:12Save Stockton’s Shops Says Local MEP
UKIP’s local Euro MP Jonathan Arnott has hit out after figures released today shows that unemployment is still rising in the North East despite the region already having the highest levels in the country.
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows that there were 132,000 people out of work in the region between May and July this year – an increase of 1,000 on the previous quarter.
Arnott said “Yet again, our region is shown as the region which has the highest rate of unemployment in the country.
“Over the course of the last week I visited a foodbank in Redcar, and an employability resource centre in Blyth; both are doing fantastic work for those who need help and support. However, the broad consensus prevailed that those in Westminster have no idea whatsoever as to how to get those who are unemployed in the North East into training and work.
The region still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, with one in ten people without a job.
“We have to dual the A1 in this region to make the region a more attractive proposition for business, scrap income tax on minimum wage jobs to make work pay, and provide greater levels of investment to manufacturing companies to rejuvenate our once thriving industry”.
Darrenhttp://www.jonathanarnott.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/JA-logo-1.pngDarren2014-09-17 13:18:162014-09-17 13:18:16UKIP’s North East Euro MP slams the coalition for having ‘no idea’ following North East unemployment stats