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By Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Lincolnshire

I RECENTLY had the pleasure of visiting a farm at Donington in Lincolnshire and met farmers and growers, who are concerned about a very real threat to their livelihoods.

I was there to help the NFU East Midlands’ campaign for the reauthorisation of glyphosate and support their calls not to ban this vital herbicide.

The NFU is actively campaigning on the issue – fearing it could be banned by EU chiefs. It said the active substance glyphosate, used in gardens up and down the country as Round-Up, should be re-authorised by the European Commission by the end of the year.

Germany has been made responsible for the evaluation and has recommended full re-authorisation for 15 years. This should have happened by the end of June 2016, but the whole process has become politicised and stalled.

 

The NFU said there is every suggestion that this may happen again as we get closer to the end of 2017.

I saw and handled ‘black grass’. If the EU bans glyphosate it will do huge damage to agriculture, here in Lincolnshire.

Ban it and we will end up importing vegetables and grain and undermining UK agriculture in the process. In fact, we will probably end up importing vegetables which will have had glyphosate used anyway.

The growers and farmers I met explained how crucial it was to their business – it simply is a weed control method they must have. Its loss would bring into question the viability of wheat production on blackgrass infested land with very few alternatives, allowing certain fast breeding weeds to spread unchecked.

I would urge farmers to join the NFU campaign by writing to their MPs and MEPs and stressing the importance of the substance.

People can visit the NFU website and pledge their support at http://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/science-and-technology/crop-protection/crop-protection-must-read/glyphosate-we-need-your-support/

PS:

One further point this month, if I may.

The recent thefts at Lincoln Bomber Command Memorial are despicable – how heart-breaking and extremely frustrating for the team behind the memorial, who are working tirelessly to open the site for the public.

As for the vandals and thieves – what a complete lack of respect these people have. One wonders what’s going through their minds – if anything at all!

 

MEPs call on Trump to dump the Paris climate deal

Twenty Members of the European parliament from six EU member-states have written an open letter to President Donald J. Trump calling for early implementation of his campaign pledge to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Treaty.  In their letter, they say that a US withdrawal from the Paris accord “would effectively neuter it, to the benefit of us all”.  They applaud the new and more positive approach which President Trump is taking to climate and energy issues, and say they “are pressing for similar policies on this (European) side of the Atlantic”.

They also raise their concerns about the EPA’s “endangerment” finding with regard to CO2, and urge the President to revisit the issue.  They argue that the finding “has no sound basis in science, but provides a pretext for damaging and extreme environmental policies”.

Commenting on the letter, UKIP’s Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer, who set up the initiative, said “It is clear that the EU’s extreme green policies are doing huge damage to EU industry and EU competitiveness, and are driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investments with them.  At the same time these policies have a trivial effect on the climate.  Billions spent on “green” investments amount to little more than gesture politics and virtue-signalling from politicians spending other people’s money”.

Notes to editors:

The letter was signed by 20 MEPs from six EU member-states:

 UK

 Roger Helmer MEP

Stuart Agnew MEP

Tim Aker MEP

David Coburn MEP

Bill Etheridge MEP

Nathan Gill MEP

Mike Hookem MEP

Margot Parker MEP

Diane James MEP

Ray Finch MEP

Julia Reid MEP

Steven Woolfe MEP

Janice Atkinson MEP

 

Germany

 

Beatrix von Storch MEP

Marcus Pretzell MEP

 

Sweden

 

Peter Lundgren MEP

Kristina Winberg MEP

 

Czech Republic

 

Petr Mach MEP

 

Netherlands

 

Marcel de Graff MEP

 

Poland

 

Michał Marusik MEP

 

 

The Letter

 

The Honourable Mr. Donald J. Trump,

President of the United States of America,

The White House,

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20500, USA

 

Dear Mr. President,

 

We the undersigned, Members of the European parliament, would like to offer you our sincere congratulations on your election as President of the United States of America.  We are glad to affirm the high value we place on the Transatlantic Alliance, which has been such a force for peace, for prosperity and for the values we share.

 

We particularly applaud the new realism which you personally have brought to the climate issue and to energy policy.  We recognise the very positive impact which your decisions will have in ensuring the availability of secure and affordable energy in the USA, underpinning American competitiveness.  We on our part are pressing for similar policies on this side of the Atlantic.

 

We recall your campaign pledge to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Treaty, and we would urge you to put this into effect with as little delay as possible.  We believe that the Paris agreement is potentially damaging, especially to developed western economies.  We also believe that an early decision by your Administration to pull out of the Paris agreement will effectively neuter it, to the benefit of us all.  At the same time, we would urge you to take action to withdraw the carbon dioxide endangerment finding, which has no sound basis in science, but which provides a pretext for damaging and extreme environmental policies.

 

Policy developments under your leadership, Mr. President, are already very encouraging and exciting.  We look forward to following the progress of your Administration, and we offer you our support and encouragement in pursuing rational and effective energy and climate policies.

 

 

 

Article 50 is triggered

“This is wonderful news. It’s about freedom, independence, self-determination. The right and the ability of us in the UK to make our own laws, and set our own standards.

“For me personally, it’s the culmination, and the vindication, of 20 years of work. It’s time now for all of us, Remainers and Leavers alike, to come together, engage with the new reality, and make Brexit work for ourselves, for our children and for our country.”

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.

Vandalism at Lincolnshire Bomber Memorial site

UKIP MEP Roger Helmer has expressed outrage after the latest theft at the Bomber Command Memorial in Lincoln.

Mr Helmer said the theft was “despicable” and showed a complete lack of respect.

He said: “The latest theft saw a five-metre flagpole and a Union Jack flag go missing, just two weeks after vandals broke into the site and caused damage worth £2,000, including shredding a wreath.

This must be heart-breaking and extremely frustrating for the team behind the memorial, who are working tirelessly to open the site for the public.

As for the vandals and thieves – what a complete lack of respect these people have. One wonders what’s going through their minds – if anything at all – when they carry our such cruel and despicable acts.”

He urged anyone who knows anything about the incidents to contact Lincolnshire police.

MEP backs NFU campaign on glyphosate

‘…Roger Helmer fears huge damage to agriculture…’

EAST Midlands MEP Roger Helmer has backed calls not to ban the vital herbicide glyphosate.

The NFU is actively campaigning on the issue – fearing it could be banned by EU chiefs.

It said the active substance glyphosate, used in gardens up and down the country as Round-Up, should be re-authorised by the European Commission by the end of the year.

Germany has been made responsible for the evaluation and has recommended full re-authorisation for 15 years. This should have happened by the end of June 2016, but the whole process has become politicised and stalled.

The NFU said there is every suggestion that this may happen again as we get closer to the end of 2017.

Mr Helmer visited a site in South Holland, Lincolnshire, last week, (March 10) and stressed the importance of the substance to agriculture.

He said: “In the pictures you can see me handling ‘black grass’. If the EU bans glyphosate it will do huge damage to agriculture, here in Lincolnshire.

Ban it and we will end up importing vegetables and grain and undermining UK agriculture in the process. In fact, we will probably end up importing vegetables which will have had glyphosate used anyway.”

He urged individual farmers to join the NFU campaign by writing to their MPs and MEPs and stressing the importance of the substance.

People can visit the NFU website and pledge their support at http://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/science-and-technology/crop-protection/crop-protection-must-read/glyphosate-we-need-your-support/

 

Talking Brexit on the JVS Show

Click here for the link.

Green energy eating its own tail

UKIP’s energy spokesman Roger Helmer has spoken out against the latest EU energy policies.

The party’s MEP for the East Midlands spoke in an plenary session in Brussels last week on the EU’s objectives for ‘secure, affordable and sustainable energy.’

He said: “For many years the EU has followed policies which directly militate against those objectives.

“Germany, with the largest renewables investment, now uses increasing volumes of lignite. In the UK, we are planning to use diesel generation as back-up.”

Mr Helmer quoted a front page story from The Economist magazine, ‘Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret.’

He said: “It says we have created regulatory and subsidy structures which militate against energy infrastructure investment, and threaten security of supply.

“Yet the EU’s latest proposal amounts to little more than bureaucratic paper-pushing.”

His comments follow reports this week on the House of Lords report into the energy policies of the past three Governments.

The report criticises the open-ended nature of renewables subsidies.

Mr Helmer said: “Hard-working families, and indeed industry, is hit by the the costs of renewables and the EU and successive Government’s obsession with them.

“The cost of this obsession with weather-dependent energy is plunging us into an energy crisis.

“As reports say, it doesn’t matter how many extra renewables we subsidise, the wind won’t blow harder, nor the sun shine more – and that extra cost burden is carried by ordinary families and businesses up and down the land.”

Roger Helmer talks Brexit on the JVS Show

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04s4ydc#play

About one, 45 minutes in.

Stop demonising diesel car drivers

‘…East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer slams Government U-turn…’

STOP discriminating against diesel car drivers – that’s the message from East Midlands UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

The party’s energy spokesman said the demonising of diesel cars had gone too far and said Government moves to charge diesel car drivers extra in city centres and for parking must be stopped.

Mr Helmer said: “The Government encouraged people to buy diesel cars and highlighted their efficiency and low CO2 emissions – now there is this complete U-turn. It’s totally unacceptable.

“The truth is that legislators were consumed by climate hysteria and carbon-phobia, and as a result we pushed car owners, and the auto industry, towards diesel, which was then seen as a lower-emission fuel.”

He has backed a petition by UKIP’s transport spokesman Jill Seymour which calls on the Government to end the discrimination.

He said: “I totally support this petition – Prime Minister Theresa May should protect people who purchased diesel cars, which remain among the most efficient vehicles available.

It also asks the Government to stop any current or proposed charges which discriminate against diesel engine cars from being levied by councils and local authorities.

It is totally wrong for the authorities to be demonising drivers of diesel cars, just a few years after the very same people were actively encouraging them to buy.

These drivers bought diesel cars in good faith, and many simply cannot afford to buy a different car overnight.

“And before you ask, yes, as it happens, I drive a diesel car and I should therefore declare an interest!”

The petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/182686

It states: “There is a move to charge diesel cars extra for parking and travelling in city centres even though the government encouraged the purchase of diesel cars due to their efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

“We the undersigned believe this is wrong and people with diesel cars should not be discriminated against, charged more for parking or forced to pay additional costs to use their vehicles.

We call upon Theresa May and her government to protect people who purchased diesel cars, which are amongst the most efficient vehicles available, and stop any current or proposed charges which discriminate against diesel engine cars being levied by councils and local authorities.”

Susan Preston Case

To The Editor,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I was saddened to read your recent story about magistrate Susan Preston, who was issued with a warning by judicial heads.

Mrs Preston had declined to adjuicate on a case in The Family Court because of her views on same sex couple parenting.

Let us remember that being a magistrate is a voluntary role – crucial to our legal system. It is a role which requires the highest standards.

Mrs Preston is appealing against her warning – should we really be punishing people for a belief? Is this not a dangerous step towards banning a Christian from a public office?

Yours faithfully,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Derbyshire

On the Yasmeen Khan Show debating Trump

On Three Counties Radio on the Yasmeen Khan Show debating Trump wiht Professor Anthony Glees

Click here for more – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04pmst8#play

Three Counties Radio

On The JVS Show talking about Donald Trump and Brexit – about 16 minutes in

New report warns Christmas lights could go out next winter thanks to climate policy

Threats of power rationing and a future three day week revealed in a study by the British Infrastructure Group are due to Government and EU policy that has driven the UK into an unsustainable reliance on intermittent, so-called renewable energy sources, says UKIP Energy spokesman Roger Helmer.

He applauded the Group for highlighting the issue: “Well done to Grant Shapps for saying something UKIP has been saying for many years.

“We have been warning over threats to energy security, resulting to a reliance on intermittent renewables. At last, others are waking up to it now.”

Current climate targets are driving manufacturing jobs overseas, pushing up prices which disproportionately effect the poor, as has been pointed out by Daniel Mahoney, head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies,

“Mismanagement of energy policy – both from the European Union and the UK Government – has left the UK with desperately narrow capacity margins.”

In the BIG report, Mr Schapps writes: “Iit is clear that a perfect coincidence of numerous policies designed to reduce Britain’s carbon dioxide emissions has had the unintended effect of hollowing out the reliability of the electricity generating sector.”

The reports warns that because the National Grid’s safety buffer this winter has shrunk to 0.1% there is a sustained danger of intermittent blackouts for the foreseeable future, thanks to dwindling base capacity and freak weather events. In a grim forecast, the report says that by next winter, the Christmas lights could go out.

Roger Helmer reappointed as UKIP’s Energy Spokesman
Roger Helmer MEP said, “I am very happy to have the confidence of UKIP’s new Leader. UKIP will continue to campaign for secure and affordable energy to promote industrial competitiveness and to minimise the problems of domestic fuel poverty
“Brexit will give us the opportunity to revisit current perverse energy taxation policies. I’m looking forward to working with Paul and the new team to ensure that UKIP and its supporters’ voices are heard in the vital debate over energy in the UK.”
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, “Roger has no fear of the establishment or big business, and is precisely the person this country needs to take on the energy fat-cats, the policy makers that never suffer the consequences of their actions, and argue the need for lower prices for domestic and business energy users across Britain.”

BBC Radio Nottingham

Interviewed on Paul Nuttall’s leadership victory – about one 42 minutes in

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fl6mq

BBC Radio Derby

You can hear me on the UKIP leadership race about an hour and 45 minutes in:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04fl2y7#play

BBC Radio 4 World At One

You can hear me on BBC Radio 4 and Donald Trump – about 14 minutes in

Grantham Journal

See me supporting Victoria Ayling in this latest video

Sunday Politics Show

Catch me on The Sunday Politics here

Channel 4 News:

On Channel 4 News last night ‘campaign against Euro-sceptic groups’ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/channel-4-news/on-demand/63319-322

RT interview – Making the case for Nigel Farage to be UK’s man in the White House

Click here

Reflections on Trump’s victory

UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said the American vote for Donald Trump again showed that millions of people decided it was time to shake up the political establishment.Mr Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands the party’s energy spokesman said the early hours of yesterday revealed that anything now seemed possible.

He said: “If,  like me, you were awake in the small hours following the US election results, you will perhaps have felt the same frisson at that result in Florida as we felt in June when the Brexit figures from Sunderland came in.  Suddenly, anything seemed possible.

“And while many of us may have mixed views about ‘The Donald’, a man who makes little secret of his weaknesses – nonetheless we now see a new President who is positive about the UK’ (for a change).  A man who has said he’s open to a UK/US free trade deal.

We shouldn’t overdo the parallels with Brexit, but the fact is that in America as in Britain, millions of ordinary voters decided it was time to challenge the political establishment.”

Furthermore, Mr Helmer said he was delighted to see a climate realist in the White House.

He added: “From my point of view as UKIP energy spokesman, I am delighted to see a climate realist in the White House.  A Tweet I received on the night from an S.B. Meltin summed it up perfectly: “The 10,000 troughers at COP22 in Marrakech should pack up and head home now. The Great Green Gravy Train just hit the buffers”.

“It’s also worth bearing in mind the significant part that Nigel Farage played in the Trump Campaign – advising on strategy and bringing the aura of Brexit success. I see that one blogger suggested that Nigel would be ideal as British Ambassador to the Court of The Donald. A great idea – Theresa May might like to give it some thought.”

Three Counties Radio on Trump’s victory

You can hear my interview on the Jonathan Vernon-Smith Show. Speaking about mass immigration and Donald Trump’s election victory.

You can hear it here at about 34 minutes in.

Letter to the Derby press

Dear Editor,

I read with interest your piece, Labour to pledge almost £20b to East Midlands.

When Labour starts talking about new spending and an industrial strategy, it’s time to get the tin hats out.

These are the people who brought you ‘the white heat of the technological revolution’, and the policy of ‘picking winners’, which led to the British Leyland fiasco.

These are the people who left the Treasury effectively broke – “Sorry, there’s no money left”.  These are the people who brought mass immigration and wage compression, and who now want to squander welfare payments without proper checks and balances.

Worst of all, they are the people who want to leave our country shackled to an undemocratic and failing European Union.

They want us to be governed from Brussels, not from Westminster. They had 13 years to show what they could do. We mustn’t let them do it again. And now they’re led by a neo-Marxist who can’t see further than Islington.

Yours faithfully,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Derby.

Roger Helmer on BBC Derby

Discussing the High Court decision – about one hour and ten minutes in

Roger Helmer on BBC Nottingham

Discussing the UKIP leadership race – one hour, 42 minutes in – here

Roger Helmer backs Paul Nuttall in UKIP leadership battle

UKIP’s EAST Midlands MEP Roger Helmer has backed Paul Nuttall for the leadership of the party

Mr Helmer, the party’s energy spokesman, said he believed it was now time for the party to re-unite behind the North West MEP.

He said: “I was sorry and shocked when I heard of Diane James’ decision to stand down as leader of the party.

 “But I had always assumed that as former party chairman and deputy leader, Paul Nuttall,l was the best choice to replace Nigel as party leader.  I am delighted he has now thrown his hat in the ring, and he has my full support. 

He is certainly the candidate with the most knowledge and experience of the party.  He is absolutely sound on the issues  I believe he is best placed to unite the party and to put an end to the recent squabbling which has caused so much disquiet in the party – and damaged our poll ratings.

 “As a northerner, he is also especially well-placed to appeal to Northern working-class voters, who most of us believe have great potential for UKIP as the Labour Party unravels.

“Now is the time to look ahead and ensure Brexit really does mean Brexit. Paul Nuttall has the experience, the commitment and the character to re-unite the party and drive it forward.”

Mr Nuttall said he was pleased Mr Helmer was backing his leadership bid. He said: “Having spent six years as deputy leader and previously chairman, I believe I am best suited to take the helm of the party. I stand first and foremost as a unifying candidate.”

See Roger Helmer MEP on The Sunday Politics Show

You can see Roger on the East Midlands show after about 37 minutes.

Watch Climate Hustle – a must see!

I HAVE has organised a special screening of the highly-acclaimed film Climate Hustle.

“The film takes apart the case for ‘catastrophic global warming’ and  exposes the lies, exaggerations and misinterpretations which underlie the new religion of ‘warmism’.”

The“Climate Hustle”  film was created by Climate Depot, the US think-tank and advocacy group and Mr Helmer has arranged a screening of it  in Brussels next week, Wednesday, October 19, at 3pm.

The event will be open to visitors and anyone interested can pre-register at roger.helmer-office@europarl.europa.eu.  He said people should arrive an hour beforehand, to allow for the Parliament’s extensive registration and security procedures.

“We have Marc Morano, perhaps the most prominent campaigner against climate alarmism, and a co-author of the film, attending the event.  He will speak and take questions. If you ever thought 97 per cent of scientists back  ‘warmism’, or that we’re about to cross a catastrophic tipping point, or that the human race will be reduced to a few thousand people scraping an existence at the South Pole, this film will reassure you.”

UKIP vital role in Brexit 

 “LET’S not forget – the vote to leave the EU and the subsequent move to approach triggering Article 50 could not have been done without UKIP.

 It is good to hear our Prime Minister Theresa May pledging to start the formal process of leaving the EU in March next year. We can then be truly independent and continue to make our economy thrive and grow. Certainly, there has been astonishingly good economic news post-the Brexit-vote.

 Credit is due to the Prime Minister, particularly on refusing to compromise on immigration, regardless of the single market question. But we should remember we would never have reached this position, and Theresa May (who voted Remain) would never have made that speech, but for all the work that UKIP has done over the years.  

 As we approach the substantive negotiations on Brexit, there are three things I’d like our politicians and our media to remember::

 1      Single Market – they all talk about access to the Single Market, and forget that every country in the world has access to the Single Market, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

 2      Free trade not linked to free movement – we are constantly told (as if it were a truism) that free trade requires free movement. It does not. The EU has free trade agreements with dozens of countries, and is negotiating more.  Apart from the special cases of Switzerland and Norway (which effectively have quasi-membership of the EU), none of those agreements includes free movement.  And Brussels would have refused free movement if the other parties had asked for it.

 3      Our negotiating position – we have a hugely strong negotiating position, as the rump-EU’s largest external customer bar none.  We are not going cap-in-hand to Brussels asking for favours.  But we are prepared to offer Brussels free and fair access to our vital market provided we can do so on reciprocal terms.

 As independence approaches we must make it clear we are not begging for a deal. We are offering Brussels the opportunity to negotiate terms to protect the EU’s own interests.

 It was interesting to note that after digesting the Prime Minister’s speech that control of our borders, laws and money should be in our Parliament’s hands. All these are UKIP policies as is the Government’s flagship grammar school policy. 

 Remainers will have to accept the people’s referendum decision and is good to see that UKIP campaigning position is again vindicated and replicated.

 What we in UKIP must do is to keep up the electoral pressure on. Nobody else will. We have shown our political campaigning power brings results on democracy, education and taxation and we will not let the decision-makers rest until Brexit is achieved.

 My final point – what we would like to hear is the Prime Minister’s commitment and pledge to protect our fishing industry – something missing from her speech.”

 

BBC Radio 4 Today programme

Listen to my interview on the Today programme – about 32 minutes in – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07x12lv

Letter to the Gainsborough Standard 

To The Editor,

I read with interest your piece, ‘From Leigh to you: County wise to keep its grammar schools‘, and I have to agree with the author Sir Edward Leigh MP.

It is a UKIP policy to retain and expand our grammar school system, (which the Tories now agree with) and Sir Edward is right to say that many in The Labour Party wish to deny youngsters the chance of attending grammar schools – despite the face they benfittd from such schools!

Of course, in Lincolnshire there are still two grammar schools – it is these schools which lead to social mobility and help youngsters fulfill their potential. Let’s expand them and let us create a system where students of all abilities profit from their education.

Yours,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Lincolnshire
Read more at: http://www.gainsboroughstandard.couk/news/from-leigh-to-you-county-was-wise-to-keep-its-grammar-schools-1-8140831

UKIP is the voice of the working class

UKIP is the voice of the working class – and MEP Roger Helmer says it is no wonder former Labour voters have given up on their party.

The East Midlands MEP said Labour does not stand for working class people or their aspirations and is out of touch with modern thinking after its leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed he would not cut back on the numbers entering the UK.

He said: “Those who voted ‘out’ in the referendum, or those who are concerned about un-checked immigration from the EU are not ‘racist’ or ‘bigots’.

“They are simply concerned for their future, for their jobs, for their children’s prospects. Corbyn’s out-of-touch left-wing policies – popular with the ‘left intelligentsia’ – simply maintain the status quo.

“To be ‘not concerned about numbers of immigrants’, as Corbyn is suggesting is wholly irresponsible – the Labour elite has dumped its core vote. UKIP is now the only viable alternative to the Tories.”

Tribute to Dr Raj Chandran

We are writing to pay our respects to Dr Raj Chandran, a loyal member of UKIP who held a position on our National Executive Committee at the time of his passing.

His experience of being a former Mayor and candidate both in Parliamentary and Police and Crime Commissioner elections was invaluable and he was always happy to pass that experience on. Raj was also a former Commissioner for Racial Equality and believed strongly in our party reaching out further to different communities.

During his time on the NEC, Dr Chandran served our members with honour and integrity and he often spoke of his pride at helping our party by serving on it’s governing body.

Our final thoughts go out to his wife and family as we thank them for sharing him with us over his final few years.

Yours,

Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, UKIP MEPs for Nottinghamshire

To The Editor,
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
As UKIP MEPs for the region, we would like to send out our congratulations to our new leader Diane James.
 
We would also like to add our voices to all the tributes which have already been paid to Nigel Farage  Thousands played a part in the Brexit campaign – but we  doubt we would have would have won it without his tireless efforts, both during the campaign, and during the two decades when he led and inspired and nurtured our party.
 
Of course, he will be a hard act follow, but we wish Diane every success as the new party leader and we know she has the skills, the character and the determination.
 
We also know she can count on the support of our members across the East Midlands and the rest of the country, to lead us on our final few steps towards independence and beyond.
 
Yours,
 
Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands

Sir James Dyson is a breath of fresh air

To The Editor, 

Dear Sir,

After all the nonsense we heard about ‘Project Fear’, Sir James Dyson’s statement is a breath of fresh air. 

He said that it would be suicidal for the EU to impose tariffs on UK goods as it imports £100bn more in value from the EU than it exports. He also argued that it was vital Theresa May took the UK completely out of the single market even if that meant an end to free trade and free movement of labour.

Here is a man who knows what he’s talking about, and sees the trade potential of Brexit.

Kind regards, Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.

On UKIP’s Finedon candidates:

Northamptonshire UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said: “Both Allan and Jeremy will be real assets to Finedon and the borough of Wellingborough and will deliver commonsense, local decision making.

“We know there is a groundswell of support form UKIP in the area and we hope voters will come out in force – we offer a real alternative to the tired old parties – this is a historic opportunity for the people of Finedon and for UKIP.

“You can be sure that, if elected, Allan and Jeremy, will work hard to represent the town.”

On immigration and Brexit:

Theresa May’s comment at the G20 that the British people had voted for “some control” on immigration suggests a serious backsliding.  We voted for full control, and full independence.

On hate crimes:

UKIP is opposed to all kinds of hate crime, and was particularly concerned about the recent murder of a Polish citizen.  We work closely with Polish colleagues in the European parliament, and have a high regard for the Poles.

We believe that the reported rise in hate crime is related to the very broad media coverage of these issues post-Brexit.  The media attention may have itself incited further such attacks, and is very likely to have increased rates of reporting.

On biofuels

More and more studies suggest that bio-fuels deliver far smaller emissions savings, and in some cases actually increase emissions compared to fossil fuels.  The hysterical and obsessive pursuit of “renewable” energy technologies risks doing more harm than good.

On Bicker Fen wind farm

UKIP has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with local protesters at Bicker Fen.  We object to the wanton industrialisation of the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, and we are deeply disappointed by the government’s decision.

Letter to the East Midlands press
Dear Sir,
 
A month has gone by since the Brexit referendum, and as the dust settles, maybe it’s time to take stock.  The sky hasn’t fallen.  The dire predictions of imminent collapse have been proved wrong.  We’ve seen major companies like Siemens and GSK – even some who opposed Brexit – now announcing major new investments in Britain  France and China remain keen to build the HInkley nuclear power station – even if our own Government is getting cold feet.  Countries around the world are keen to start talks on bilateral trade deals with a post-liberation UK.
 
The FTSE is close to record levels.  The Pound is down, certainly, but most economists believe it was previously over-valued, and the lower Pound will boost exports, as well as making Britain a more attractive investment destination.  After the initial shock, we’re hearing politicians and leading business voices from Europe, including Markus Kerber, head of the German CBI, insisting we need a “mutually beneficial trade deal”.
 
Brexit is a project for the years and decades ahead – for our children and grandchildren.  It would be wrong to judge it on a few weeks – and we haven’t actually left the EU yet.  That could take till the end of 2018.  Nevertheless, the initial signs are good, and the doom-laden forecasts of the Remain Campaign are shown up for the nonsense they were.

Letter to the East Midlands press

To The Editor,

Dear Sir,

We did it! We made history – June 23 can now go down as our Independence Day.

A huge, heart-felt well done and thanks to all those across the East Midlands who voted to leave the European Union. Our region had the second highest ‘leave’ vote in the whole of country with 58.8 per cent.

We won an historic victory,  accomplishing something very few outside of UKIP ever thought we could.

We have a bright future to now look forward to – as an independent state free to make our own laws and control our own destiny.

Yours sincerely,

Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands 

Letter to The Derby Telegraph 

To The Editor,

Dear Sir,

I was glad to see Rolls Royce publicly saying that the Brexit decision has had no immediate impact on its business, (particularly as it had earlier recommended its workforce to vote ‘”Remain”).

Following the result of last week’s referendum, it was good to hear this great global engineering and aerospace company say that although it had not supported Brexit, nevertheless it was still committed to its operations in Derby and the rest of the UK, where it employs a total of 23,000 people.

I am confident that as the negotiation of new trade terms with Brussels moves forward, major companies like Rolls Royce will find that their business with the EU 27 continues, while other trade deals around the world will open the way to growth and prosperity for a newly-liberated, newly independent Britain, freed from the shackles of the EU’s red tape.

Yours,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Derby

 

Catch Roger Helmer’s post referendum interviews: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07hhqg5 – BBC Belfast (an hour in).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03xndps#play – Three Counties (30 minutes in).

See Roger Helmer interviewed here https://youtu.be/41_6HOM4gTY

See Roger Helmer MEP on BBC East Midlands Today http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07gt41d/better-in-or-out-a-bbc-east-midlands-today-referendum-special

To The Editor,

Dear Sir,

As UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands we would like to say a huge thank-you to all the candidates, helpers and voters who made last week’s elections such a great success for UKIP.

While the Tory and Labour parties continue to campaign to stay in the EU, we in UKIP continue to gather support for the ‘out’ campaign. The results last week in council elections and police and crime commissioner elections show the momentum is with us.

Our results across the East Midlands and beyond were significant and support for our commonsense policies continue to grow.

Once again, thanks to all those who stood, supported and voted for UKIP.

Yours faithfully,

Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands

See Roger Helmer on BBC Sunday Politics Show

See Roger Helmer on BBC Sunday Politics Show

Disaster for steel workers

UKIP MEPs have said their party is the only one prepared to face up to the steel crisis situation and the only party with practical policies to offer hope to workers under threat.

East Midlands MEPs Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, who herself lives in Corby near one of the threatened steel plants, said only UKIP has the policies which face up to the situation as Tata prepares to sell its UK assets.

This week, the Government’s Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, Anna Soubry visited the site in Corby and said it does have a future.

Margot Parker, who is the party’s small business spokesman, said: “I wonder what Anna Soubry and her Government has in store for Corby workers and all the others threatened across the country? Actions speak louder than words.”

Mr Helmer, UKIP’s energy spokesman, said: “It is sickening to see Anna Soubry,  insisting that “the Government is doing all it can”, when she knows it can do practically nothing.  Even more sickening to hear her arguing for Britain to remain in the EU, when she knows (or ought to know) that EU membership is closing down energy-intensive businesses across Europe.”

The MEPs said UKIP was the only party prepared to face up to this situation, and the only party with practical policies to offer hope to workers under threat.

They said there were three main reasons for the Port Talbot closure, and they all result from EU policies:

Energy Costs: Both the USA and China have substantially lower energy costs than the EU, where prices have been driven up by obsessive over-commitment to intermittent and unreliable renewables.  We are closing reliable and economic coal-fired power plants and replacing them with wind turbines.

Anti-Dumping measures: The USA has moved swiftly to impose heavy anti-dumping duties, in some categories over 200%, against Chinese steel.  The EU meantime vacillates, and talks single figures.  We may as well hang up a sign in Beijing: “Send your steel exports to Europe”.

Short-term state aid: There may be a case for government intervention to give the steel industry a breathing space for restructuring – but that is not allowed under EU state aid rules

 

Dutch courage shows the way

 

THE Dutch referendum yesterday is being widely seen across Europe as a verdict on the EU project as a whole. 

That’s the view of UKIP East Midlands MEPs Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, who applauded the Dutch for rejecting the EU/Ukraine trade deal.

They voted ‘NO’ by a substantial margin – about 61 to 38 – comparable to the Dutch vote against the EU Constitution in 2005.

Mr Helmer said: “This referendum is another blow to the EU, with a substantial majority of people rejecting the free trade deal with the Ukraine.

“This is a particular embarrassment for Dutch PM Mark Rutte, as Holland currently holds the rotating EU Presidency.  He is expected to recognise the result of this referendum, although it has only advisory status, but it is not yet quite clear what he will do.

“What is clear to me is that the ‘great EU project’ is nearing an end and a vote for Brexit in June is the only way forward for our country.”

Margot Parker said: “I heard the news last night and was delighted democracy won the day in Holland – now for our own referendum on Brexit on June 23. The Dutch vote shows there is dis-satisfaction across Europe at the EU.”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “Let’s celebrate the outbreak of democracy in this country, and hope that it spreads like a rash across Europe.”

The first ‘peoples’ referendum of its kind was the result of a new law in Holland allowing 300,000 signatures to trigger a national, but non-binding, vote on any subject.

The Ukraine deal with the EU would remove trade barriers between the two amid fears that would act as a prelude to full EU memberships for the Ukraine.

 

UKIP energy spokesman and MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer rubbished Amber Rudd statement

He said: “Amber Rudd’s facile analysis fails to grasp energy economics.

“Far from producing cheap electricity, the EU has done the opposite with some of the highest costs worldwide, relying on expensive renewables. Free from the EU’s energy rules and regulations we can offer lower cost coal and gas and reduce the reliance on these expensive renewables.

“As the EU’s former commissioner for industry, Antonio Tajani said, EU energy prices are creating an industrial massacre in industries, such as aluminium and steel. 

“Amber Rudd’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ policies seems to indicate expensive means cheap and cheap means expensive!”

 

Labour Opposition Day Motion is “cynical attempt” by Labour to hide its impotence over steel

 

UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP has called the Opposition Day Debate on steel “a cynical attempt to make the steel industry think the Labour party are prepared to do anything about their plight.”

 

Roger Helmer who represents the East Midlands in the European Parliament, “Several EU policies – energy, state aids, anti-dumping action, or inaction, have converged to create an existential  crisis for the steel industry.  More generally, EU policies are impacting all energy-intensive industries and forcing investment and jobs out of the EU altogether.

The Tory government could campaign for market economy status of China to be removed, thus letting Brussels take short term measures to ensure a level playing field but they don’t. The only long term solution is to take control of matters ourself. 

 

The EU might talk about ‘growth and jobs’ and the importance of the single market but there is no flexibility in the regulations which businesses have to adhere to.”

 

Yorkshire MEP Mike Hookem, who has been campaigning for the government to ignore EU state aid rules and help stop job losses in Rotherham and Scunthorpe, said the motion was “all mouth and no trousers” and “if Labour really cared about the steel industry they’d be campaigning for Brexit.”

“The head of Tata steel in Rotherham pointed the finger of blame firmly at the high cost of electricity,” said Mr Hookem, “yet all we’ve heard from Labour and the Unions is about China dumping steel on the world market.

 

“All Mr Corbyn can do is shake hands with workers in front of the cameras and tell them false promises about how they would have done things differently.

 

“We even had a rally in Brussels with workers from all across Europe complaining about China’s market economy status and completely ignoring the real problems of green tariffs and uncompetitive industries thanks to excessive EU and government legislation.

 

If Unions are not telling their workers the truth – and I doubt they are because they and the Labour party have thrown their weight behind the UK remaining in the EU despite the devastating consequences to British industry, then we can say without a doubt they are not acting in the best interests of their members.

 

“Being competitive is an anathema to Brussels”, the Yorkshire MEP said, “and the consequences of this is mass job losses and the death knell to our steel industry in the UK.

 

He continued, “The pathetic sight of a British minister having to go begging to the Commission to ask for permission to help steel workers should heed a warning to those people who think the ’emergency brake’ on welfare benefits is also anything more than a sop: When Brussels is in charge it’s lumbering incompetence and out of touch policy is a poisoned touch to business success and enterprise.”

UKIP opposed to harmonising drink driving limits with the rest of Europe

The drink-driving limit in England and Wales could be slashed by a third – making it illegal to drive after just one pint of beer or a glass of wine, it has been suggested. 

Transport Minister Andrew Jones has suggested Westminster could follow the example of Scotland which lowered the limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg in 2014. 

This new limit is equivalent to a pint of beer or a large glass of wine for men and half a pint or a small glass for women. 

East Midlands UKIP MEP Roger Helmer: “I’m completely opposed to harmonising drink driving limits with the rest of Europe. They have much lower penalties than we do.

“It’s clear a combination of lower limits and higher penalties will lead to the closure of thousands more pubs in villages and small towns across the country. These are often the lifeblood of our local communities and part of the culture and history of this country.

“Successive Governments have hammered pubs across this country – this suggestion would put another nail in their coffin.

“Everybody knows drink driving is dangerous – we are not idiots – but this draconian act will have huge adverse social implications.”

He added that enforcing the current limit was a far more effective way of reducing casualties, rather than fiddling with the goal posts to satisfy European and external objectives.

 

Oven gloves? Whatever next?

Can you believe it? First the EU came for your vacuum cleaner, then your oven and now in a new bout of craziness, even our oven gloves are under attack.

Surely, people are adult and intelligent enough to decide for themselves if they wish to use oven gloves? Not according to the EU, which will subject oven gloves  to the same safety checks that hard hats and safety goggles go through.

Of course, on a serious note this will force businesses which manufacture oven gloves to go through this extra level of bureaucracy – and add an extra cost to the manufacturing process.

Ultimately it will be the public who will have to pay, as businesses cannot afford to absorb these extra costs.

 

UKIP Calls on Energy Secretary to “drop the playground technologies and get back to reality”.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is hopelessly out-of-touch with the basics of energy pricing says MEP Roger Helmer.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has reportedly said that leaving the EU would have “unknown consequences”, for Britain’s energy security and energy pricing, and that “Britain would lose its influence on European energy markets”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/12090305/Amber-Rudd-calls-for-lower-household-bills-as-she-warns-against-Brexit.html  She advances this as a reason to stay in the EU.

UKIP Energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP responds:

 

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is hopelessly out-of-touch with the basics of energy pricing.

 

Is it possible that she can be unaware of the vast damage being done by EU energy policy, as the EU seeks to “lead on the fight against climate change”, oblivious to the fact that no one else is following?  Has she not read of the “industrial massacre” which former EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani has so graphically described?  Has she not noticed the steel plants closing across Britain, and across Europe — caused in large part by high energy costs?  And not just steel plants, but aluminium smelters, oil refiners, chemical and fertiliser plants, glass and ceramic and cement factories?

 

She castigates the energy companies, and asserts that “the best way to deliver lower energy prices for consumers is to have better competition in the market”.  No it’s not, Ms. Rudd.  The best way to deliver lower energy prices for households and industry is to stop the Gadarene stampede towards expensive, intermittent and unreliable renewables, and instead switch to proven, reliable, cost-effective electricity generation. 

 

As a direct result of energy policies imposed by Brussels, we are driving jobs and industry and investment out of the EU altogether, often to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, thus arguably increasing emissions while we undermine our economy.  Far from being a reason to stay in the EU, energy policy is one of the most vital arguments for Brexit.

 

So don’t tell me about the 3½ million jobs that Nick Clegg says we may lose when we leave the EU.  Tell me instead about the jobs we are losing today, as a result of perverse EU energy policies.  And while you’re at it, please also tell those unemployed steel workers.”

 

 

Letter to the Nottingham Evening Post

To The Editor,

 

Dear Sir,

 

I read with interest your excellent piece on the forthcoming referendum on our membership of the European Union.

 

As you rightly say, ‘ every Nottinghamshire vote will count when it comes to staying in or getting out of the European Union’.

 

Your polls indicate 54% of people surveyed are in favour of leaving. This mirrors the type of reaction I am receiving – I truly believe the momentum is with us as we seek to distance ourselves from the EU

 

The Prime Minister’s attempts to negotiate change and more powers for the UK within the EU framework will not succeed. The EU does not do reform – and Cameron knows that as well as I do.

 

As for the argument we should stay in the EU as it is ‘best for jobs’. Is it? 

 

We are tired of hearing the claim that three and a half million jobs depend on EU membership”.

 

This is based on a report from 2000 which was immediately picked up and misinterpreted by EU apologists. The author of the report immediately came out to condemn the spin, and to point out that the jobs depend on the trade, not the EU membership!  I am not worried about claims of 3½ million jobs at risk after Brexit.  I’m worried about the jobs we are losing today as a result of perverse EU policies – not least the recent steel closures.

 

This referendum gives us a fantastic chance of freeing ourselves from the shackles of the EU. Let’s take it.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Nottinghamshire

Eriksson report: 10% electricity interconnection target – making Europe’s electricity grid fit for 2020.

The European Council called for all Member States to achieve interconnection of at least 10% of their installed electricity production capacity by 2020. This means that each Member State should have in place electricity cables that allow at least 10% of the electricity that is produced by their power plants to be transported across its borders to its neighbouring countries. The EU Commission believes that connecting isolated electricity systems is essential for security of supply, lower risk of black-outs, reduce the need to build new power stations and increase levels of renewable energy.

The European Commission estimates that up to 2020 about €40 billion will be needed to reach the 10% target across the EU.

UKIP Energy spokesman Roger Helmer said today in response:

“We reject the EU Commission’s proposal on the achievement of a 10% electricity interconnection target which would cost 40 billion euros and it is designed to facilitate the use of expensive renewables.

UKIP oppose EU climate and energy policy that is one of the most expensive and yet unsuccessful policies the world has seen in many years. We oppose expensive renewables and believe that Member states should favour the exploitation of indigenous energy including fossil fuel. EU electricity and energy targets imply irreversible industrial devastation for Europe.”

Letter on To The Editor,

David Cameron has been told EU leaders cannot agree on his demand to ban EU migrants from claiming benefits for four years.

In a letter to the European Council, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said Mr Cameron had raised “difficult” issues in his demands to reform the UK’s deal with the European Union.

Ahead of the meeting of the council in December, at which the Prime Minister had hoped to secure agreement on his deal terms, Mr Tusk said “no consensus” could be reached by the EU leaders on his changes to benefit payments.

He said: “While we see good prospects for agreeing on ways to fight abuses and possibly on some reforms related to the export of child benefits, there is presently no consensus on the request that people coming to Britain from the EU must live there and contribute for four years before they qualify for in-work benefits or social housing.

As Nigel Farage tweeted – “Clearer now than ever that ‘renegotiation’ is a con job. Two choices: deeper EU integration or Leave EU.”

Yours,
Roger Helmer UKIP MEP for the East Midlands

Letter to the Lincolnshire press

Further to your article, (Lincolnshire Sausages ARE good for you – despite cancer risk scare from World Health Organisation), The WHO advice applies to cured meats, including ham, bacon, and continental sausages like salami and chorizo.

It absolutely does not apply to Lincolnshire sausages, which are made with fresh ingredients.  An English pork sausage is no less good for you than a pork chop.  It was quite wrong of the WHO to give this  misleading advice, which has done great harm to sausage-makers in England.  Indeed one sausage-maker is planning to sue the WTO.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3313184/Sausage-maker-plans-sue-flawed-cancer-claims.html

I give my full backing to the Lincolnshire sausage – and to Mr. Chapman of Lutterworth, my local butcher, who also makes a very fine sausage.

Years ago Chris Heaton Harris and I arranged to cook and eat Lincolnshire Sausages in the Strasbourg parliament, when we were campaigning for location-of-origin recognition.

Crumbs from the EU table

When a feast of freedom and  trade is on offer from the global stage, David Cameron is just asking for a few crumbs from the EU masters’ table.

It is clear from his speech today, that the Prime Minister has retreated, capitulated and is not even asking for any substantial changes.

He has not asked for change – and he won’t receive any. After all, he has already backed down on asking for a treaty change in the near future and is now apparently happy to settle for vague promises on change at an unspecified future date.

What ever happened to ‘Believe in Britain’?

UKIP slams EU’s active participation in VW emissions scandal cover-up

Not only was the top EU’s Environmental official  aware of the VW emissions scandal two years before it broke but also the EU was complicit in not cracking down on the practice immediately. Top ranking EU officials were made aware of the obvious discrepancies between laboratory and on-road emissions tests yet deliberately failed to act leading to millions of consumers being grossly mislead and industry ethics being deeply questioned.

UKIP Industry spokesman  Roger Helmer MEP commented,

For top ranking EU officials to actively attempt to cover up this scandal is a flagrant misuse of the power they have so vigorously stripped from us. It appears that the European Commissioner in charge know about what was going on but did little, except write a letter.

“By allowing these emission loopholes, exploited ruthlessly by VW, to remain until 2017 millions of British consumers have been betrayed and misled. It is little wonder the EU are so vigorously against transparency. When internal documents are leaked the EU is either accused of being ignorant, ethically suspect or just plain senseless. I often find it is all three.

“We had the LuxLeaks debacle where multinationals got sweetheart tax deals in Luxembourg – and the prime minister becomes head of the European Commission, and now we know that the then Environment Commissioner knew about problems on car emissions and failed to stop the practice quickly.  Events like this undermine the credibility of the European Commission at every turn.”

Sustainable energy’ is simply not sustainable

LEICESTER MEP Roger Helmer said he was deeply saddened by the job losses at home insulation firm Mark Group.

Mr Helmer,  the party’s energy spokesman, said the loss of close to 600 jobs at the company, based in Beaumount Leys, was distressing for the workforce.

He said: “All our thoughts are with the people there who have lost their jobs – it is extremely sad and everything possible must be done to find them alternative employment.”

The Government has been blamed for changing its policies and cutting subsidies for green projects for home owners.

Mr Helmer, who himself lives in Leicestershire, said he feared for many similar companies across the country, which rely on green policies for business and jobs.

He said: “Sustainable energy simply isn’t sustainable and the clamour for green jobs simply cannot be justified. Government changes its policies and it leads to the dreadful situation these workers now find themselves in.

“Setting up a business reliant on a particular Government policy is dangerous and setting up a business relying on ‘sustainable energy’ and ‘green jobs’ is also dangerous.

Nottingham Evening Post

Dear Sir,

I was sorry to see your report of reduced public support for shale gas. 

This is the result of a strident and concerted propaganda campaign by extreme environmentalists, who are determined to oppose all fossil fuels. 

All the experience gained over five decades of shale gas extraction shows that it is one of the safest and cleanest energy extraction technologies we know of.  Of course there have been minor incidents – as with all industrial processes – but overall shale gas is remarkably clean and safe.

It also offers major economic benefits, with the potential to be a new North Sea Oil for the 21st century. It can deliver energy security, lower prices, jobs, tax revenues and economic regeneration.

Nottinghamshire suffered from the demise of the coalfields. Shale gas is cleaner and safer than coal on all counts. Such an energy extraction technology should be welcomed, particularly in former coal-field areas.

 

Daily Telegraph letter

Dear Sir,

Derek Hammersley (Letters Oct 14th) repeats the claim of the “IN” Campaign that EU membership benefits every UK family by £3000 a year. I have never seen any attempt to justify this claim.

Hammerley attributes it to “trade, investment, jobs and lower prices” which the EU offers.  But there is no reason to believe that trade with the EU will fall on Brexit, and every reason to believe that trade with the rest of the world will increase. Nor is there any reason to expect lower investment in the UK.  On jobs, there is a strong case that EU policies, notably on energy and free movement, impact negatively on employment.  As for prices, most are higher because of EU rules.  Energy and food prices are substantially inflated.

Two respected economists, Patrick Minford and Tim Congdon, have made independent estimates of the overall costs of EU membership, and both come out >10% of GDP.  This works out to a cost of £4000 per average household, not a benefit.

Northamptonshire Telegraph letter

Stephen Black, (letters page, October 1), tries to pull the cheap trick of damning a politician for raising any subject on the grounds that there must be a more important issue.

As UKIP’s energy spokesman, I am more inclined to write about UK/EU energy policy (which is driving steel closures and job losses across the country, including Redcar), rather than immigration. 

But if he is so keen to know my views on the immigration crisis, may I refer him to my blog at https://rogerhelmermep.wordpress.com/, where I have written about it extensively.

Yours faithfully,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Northamptonshire.

Leicester Mercury letter

Further to your letter from Adam Krupa, I would like to reply that the refugee crisis underlines the need to control our borders – but to do that we need to leave the EU.

 

He also says, scientists tell us that 2015 is the hottest year on record” – but it’s not over yet. It’s just another forecast, and previous forecasts of global warming have been consistently wrong. 

 

There’s been no warming for 18 years, despite rising CO2 levels. You cannot power a modern economy on intermittent renewables, so the Government is right to support fracking.

 

The oil and gas industry is not declining – new fields are being discovered and oil and gas will continue to power the world for many decades.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Leicestershire.

 

Lincolnshire Echo on fracking

Lincolnshire UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said: “Fracking is cleaner and safer than coal mining and the gas produces roughly half the CO2 emissions of equivalent coal.

“Fracking has been going on safely for many decades in the USA, with only minor problems which have been blown out of proportion by ‘green’ lobbyists who hate growth and prosperity. 

“The minor inconvenience associated with fracking typically lasts only a few weeks.  The remaining well-head is very unobtrusive (especially compared to wind turbines, and will go on producing gas — and creating wealth — for typically two or three decades.

“This is an enormous economic opportunity for Britain which it would be wholly irresponsible to ignore.”

The mind boggles

The mind boggles – it has been revealed the EU has funded the National Union of Students a whopping €767,196 to promote students to be more energy conscious in their halls of residence.

This includes such gems as ‘switching a light off when not in use’ or ‘putting on a jumper’ and ‘don’t overfill the kettle’. Apparently, the project had the potential to reach 25,000 students but it only managed to engage with 7,547 – costing each taxpayer €101 per student!

What a waste, what a ludicrous vanity project typical of the EU. We, in UKIP, are constantly aghast by the EU’s ability to produce more wild ways to spend our money but on this one the EU idea light bulb has finally burst!

Yours,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.

Lincolnshire Echo

Lincolnshire UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said: “Fracking is cleaner and safer than coal mining and the gas produces roughly half the CO2 emissions of equivalent coal.

“Fracking has been going on safely for many decades in the USA, with only minor problems which have been blown out of proportion by ‘green’ lobbyists who hate growth and prosperity. 

“The minor inconvenience associated with fracking typically lasts only a few weeks.  The remaining well-head is very unobtrusive (especially compared to wind turbines, and will go on producing gas — and creating wealth — for typically two or three decades.

“This is an enormous economic opportunity for Britain which it would be wholly irresponsible to ignore.”

Backing the call over travellers

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer has backed a Downing
Street Petition calling for unauthorised traveller sites to be
outlawed.

Mr Helmer has backed the petition launched by fellow UKIP MEP Tim
Aker.

Mr Aker, an MEP for the East of England, called for action after a
spate of traveller incursions in Thurrock.

Mr Helmer said: “I fully endorse this action – the existing civil
rules mean residents have to wait several days and weeks before action
is taken to clear illegal traveller sites.

“The clear-up afterwards has to be paid for by the taxpayer.  Enough
is enough.  There needs to be a stronger deterrent and making illegal
incursions a criminal offence would be just that.

“With strict liability, there would also be swifter removal so
residents can be aware that after reporting the illegal incursion, the
authorities are able to act immediately to make arrests and clear the
site.

“Communities up and down the UK face the problem of illegal
traveller sites encroaching on public land. Councils have few powers
to immediately deal with these sites. When they are moved on, it’s
local communities who are left with the bill to pay for clean up and
removal of waste.

Mr Aker said: “While each local authority has a duty to offer sites,
it is wrong that a small minority persists to trespass and form
unauthorised sites. Hopefully a change in the law will protect
community lands and see that all obey the law.”

The mind boggles

I was astonished when I read in your paper that Leicestershire Police had instructed its forensic officers not to gather evidence at ‘odd-numbered’ houses which burglars had tried but failed to break into.

Only even-numbered houses would be tackled!  Crazy idea – and one the county’s police and crime commissioner Sir Clive Loader knew nothing about before its implementation and one he said he would have advised against! That says it all really we think.

Yes, they are exceptions and the police have tried clarifying and defending the policy, but this money saving exercising sends out all the wrong messages.

We want to trust our officers – we know they do a difficult job under difficult conditions – but these edicts from above do those officers no favours at all.

Now they have it in for our cheese!

Now cheese makers face a fight with the EU – this time to stop them making halloumi.

If bureaucrats back this bid by Cyprus it would mean the cheese would not be allowed to be made in the UK again.

Apart from the fact that Cyprus and the EU must have bigger and better things to be concerned at, this whole episode has left me baffled.

Isn’t halloumi cheese from the Middle East generally and not particular to Cyprus? Should it really therefore have a PDO, (Protected Designation of Origin)?

And what of our dairy farmers – another hammer blow to them too by the sounds of it.

The absurdity of the whole situation is summed up by UK cheese producers who said that if the PDO was granted, they would continue to make halloumi and just call it something else.

 Lincolnshire Echo column

“I was watching BBC World recently to be greeted by the cheerful news  the world is facing its sixth mass extinction event (the fifth, 60 million years ago, saw the extinction of the dinosaurs), and that this was “caused by climate change and loss of habitat”.  

“Yet again, a glib observation offered without justification, and straight out of the BBC’s standard alarmist phrase-book. Your readers in Lincolnshire and indeed beyond, will know this is a subject I have written about many times before.

“I went to Google and pulled off a graph of temperature over the last 10,000 years – that period is significant because it covers most of the current Inter-glacial period – and in effect the whole span of human civilisation from the earliest agriculture. 

“And here’s the fact that most scientists accept, and yet which climate alarmists hate to talk about.  Not only have there been successive cyclical warmings during that period, on a roughly 1,000-year cycle, but the current warming – the one causing such global anxiety, and resulting in hugely expensive mitigation policies – is minor compared to previous cycles.

“The current warming is less than the Mediæval Warm Period, which was lower than the Roman Warming, which was lower than the Minoan Optimum. 

“I have said it again and again, but I make no apology for repeating it – the current warming is modest, and is part of a well-established, long term, natural climate cycle.  There is no reason to believe that it’s caused by human activity, and no reason to regard it as dangerous. 

“There may indeed be a major extinction event under way (though the climate alarmists love to be – well – alarmist, and tend to exaggerate).  If so, I would say it was caused by the pressure of human populations, by habitat loss, and by changed agricultural practices.  The one thing it certainly wasn’t cause by is global warming, since demonstrably no such extinction event took place during previous, and warmer, climate optima.

“Of course if you read the climate record (which climate alarmists are so reluctant to do – they dismiss the past as “the pre-industrial period”, as though climate started 150 years ago, rather like Pol Pot and Year Zero), you will know that Interglacials typically last ten to twelve thousand years, and that the current Interglacial has been with us for — well – ten to twelve thousand years. 

“The financial services ads remind us that the past is not necessarily a guide to the future, but it’s the best indicator we have, and may be reliable for long-term cyclical events. 

If so, then we should indeed be deeply worried at the prospect of climate change.  Not +2oC, but -10oC.  And a mile of ice over Chicago.  And Glasgow.  And Helsinki.”

UKIP CALLS FOR UNAUTHORISED TRAVELLER PITCHES TO BE MADE ILLEGAL

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer has backed a Downing
Street Petition calling for unauthorised traveller sites to be
outlawed.

Mr Helmer has backed the petition launched by fellow UKIP MEP Tim
Aker. 

Mr Aker, an MEP for the East of England, called for action after a
spate of traveller incursions in Thurrock.

Mr Helmer said: “I fully endorse this action – the existing civil
rules mean residents have to wait several days and weeks before action
is taken to clear illegal traveller sites.

“The clear-up afterwards has to be paid for by the taxpayer.  Enough
is enough.  There needs to be a stronger deterrent and making illegal
incursions a criminal offence would be just that.  

“With strict liability, there would also be swifter removal so
residents can be aware that after reporting the illegal incursion, the
authorities are able to act immediately to make arrests and clear the
site.

“Communities up and down the UK face the problem of illegal
traveller sites encroaching on public land. Councils have few powers
to immediately deal with these sites. When they are moved on, it’s
local communities who are left with the bill to pay for clean up and
removal of waste.

Mr Aker said: “While each local authority has a duty to offer sites,
it is wrong that a small minority persists to trespass and form
unauthorised sites. Hopefully a change in the law will protect
community lands and see that all obey the law.”

East Midlands press

After the events in Greece this week, it is clear we cannot afford the EU anymore. In a way, the EU has ‘maxed’ out our credit card.

In 2013, according to office of National Statistics, the UK contribution to the EU was 17bn. What could we afford in the UK in terms of hospitals and schools for this type of money?

Our Prime Minister broke his promise on giving us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and crowed about slightly decreasing the EU budget in 2014 yet this was immediately followed by an increase in the UK contribution. And then the EU demanded an additional 1.7bn just to rub the salt in.

He said we would NOT have to fork out another penny to bail out the countries impoverished by Euro membership, yet now we have to pay another 1 billion Euro to bail out Greece AGAIN. 

This madness has to stop.

Kind regards, Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.

EU money and the referendum purdah

To The Editor,

Dear Sir/Madam,

David Cameron’s version of purdah needs some examination. Reports show the Prime Minister will promise he will “not embark on a taxpayer-funded spending spree over the EU referendum.” This leaves open the question of the millions in propaganda money the European Commission is planning to spend. Mr Cameron can have no control over that, especially since much of the propaganda money is hidden.

One example: there are hundreds of “experts” from universities and multi-national corporations who will be invited by the BBC and other news organisations to make arguments in favour of a vote to stay in the EU. However, both British universities and many multi-nationals benefit each year from millions in taxpayers’ money paid to them by EU institutions. For example, during 2013, the latest year for which figures are available in the European Commission’s Financial Transparency System, the European Commission paid  €8,392,495 (£6.02m) in taxpayers’ money to the London School of Economics. In 2012, the amount paid was €5,657,935 (£4.06m), with earlier years showing similar taxpayer-funded, EU directed largesse. Yet the BBC and other news organisations will be able to use “experts” from the LSE and other universities which benefit from millions in such payments right up to the end of the referendum campaign without disclosing their financial interest in continued EU membership.

The BBC is itself one of the biggest beneficiaries of taxpayer-funded EU money. Between 2007-2013, the European Commission paid the BBC a total of €30,180, 057 (£21.68m). Yet the BBC will remain free to use the full force of these taxpayer-funded millions to continue with its relentless pro-EU coverage, right up to polling day. Some purdah.

Yours sincerely,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands

Ask the right questions

As I write, it appears the EU referendum question will be – “Do you wish to remain in the European Union.”

That has all the advantage of ‘positivity bias’ accruing to the ‘IN’ campaign.  That’s wrong, but I suspect there’s little we can do about it.  Meantime, I’d like to suggest some alternative questions for your readers in Lincolnshire:

For example:

Do you believe the UK has the right, and the ability, to govern itself as an independent, democratic nation?

Do you believe that our laws should be made by politicians that we have elected (and can dismiss), rather than by unaccountable foreign institutions?

Do you believe Britain should control its borders, so that we can decide on how many immigrants we should admit, and what qualifications they should have?  Do you agree that immigration policy should not discriminate on grounds of nationality (as it does at the moment)?

Do you think we should be free to remove from the UK foreign nationals who are here illegally, or who have committed serious offences, or are implicated in terrorism?

Do you think we pay too much for energy?  Are you concerned swathes of manufacturing industry are closing plants and moving investment and jobs off-shore because of high UK/EU energy prices?  Are you worried about the risks to security of supply as a result of current energy policies and plant closures?

Do you agree that the City of London with its vital financial services sector should be regulated within the UK, and not subject (for example) to the utterly destructive EU proposals for a Financial Transactions Tax?

Are you concerned that the EU’s Working Time Directive is creating mayhem in the NHS, driving up costs and preventing comprehensive training of junior doctors?  And that the Directive is doing similar damage across a range of industries including haulage and hospitality?

Do you agree that British farmers would be better off with a farm support mechanism designed for them in Britain, rather than a farm support mechanism designed in Brussels for French farmers?

Do you agree that we in Britain should be able to control our fisheries in internationally recognised UK waters, rather than regarding these fisheries as a “common EU resource” open to Spanish and other boats?

Are you aware that widely accepted estimates for the total costs of Britain’s EU membership amount to an eye-watering 10 to 11 per cent of GDP?

Did you know that it’s possible to trade with the EU without being a member, and that the three largest exporters to the EU (Russia, China, the USA) have no preferential trade deals with the EU at all?  Are you aware that on leaving the EU, Britain will certainly have a free trade arrangement with the EU and that UK/EU trade (and the jobs dependent on it) will continue?

Are you proud of the fact that Britain is one of the most globally networked and connected countries in the world (UN Security Council; NATO; World Bank; OECD; OSCE; G7; G20; Commonwealth – and after Brexit, resuming our full place on the WTO), and cannot become “isolated and marginalised”?

If you’re answering “Yes” to these questions, you’ll want to answer “NO” in the referendum.

Protest against TTIP

This evening in the European Parliament, Jonathan Arnott, UKIP MEP for the North East and EU budget spokesman, led a protest against the suppression of debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Arnott proposed a procedural motion to suspend the sitting “to allow Parliament the opportunity to reflect on the undemocratic actions by President Martin Schulz and other officials to suppress the vote and debate on this issue which is of concern to millions of people across the EU.”

Arnott said: “I proposed suspending Parliamentary debate for the day to highlight this point.  The officials on the podium responded with what looked like panic, ringing the division bell and breaking their own rules.  The rules demand an immediate vote, but they delayed for over forty minutes to allow their supporters to flood the chamber.”

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for East Midlands and energy spokesman, was in the chamber to support the protest. When it became clear the vice-president (Ildikó Gall-Pelcz) was acting in breach of the rules, Helmer broke procedure and went onto the podium to ask her if she realised she was in breach of the rules. “She replied yes. I then asked her if she was happy she was breaking the rules, and she said she was not. And yet she broke the rules anyway.”

EU court ruling on energy-saving about accumulating more money for EU and showing power over VAT system.

UKIP MEP Roger Helmer hammered a ruling by the European Court of Justice today banning Britain from cutting VAT on energy-saving materials.

The infringement judgment from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg said Britain was breaching the EU’s VAT Directive by applying a reduction across board in the rate of VAT applied to energy-saving materials for housing. The ECJ judges who have final decision on the application of EU law said such a reduction should only apply to social housing.

UKIP Energy spokesman, Roger Helmer MEP responded:

“This is simply ridiculous beyond belief.

“While the EU claims it wants to reduce energy consumption, this judgement shows what the EU ‘really really wants’ is to increase its take from the VAT system from which it takes a portion of every transaction. In addition, this decision demonstrates that it’s the EU rather than the British Government which has final say over the rate and scope of the VAT system.

“Not content with banning tungsten light bulbs previously, the EU wants to make it more expensive for ordinary people to save energy and money in their own homes. The upcoming EU referendum will allow the UK to put its own house in order and the EU in its place.”

Letter to The Leicester Mercury

Dear Sir,

I was most interested to read about your latest Big Question — this time on the topic of whether Britain should leave the EU.

The short answer (and one you would expect from your UKIP MEP) is ‘yes’. But let me focus on one aspect, as I could give 100 reasons why we should divorce ourselves from this failing organisation.

I would like to allay some of the fears, whipped up by EU apologists, about our trading position when we leave the EU. Scare stories about trade collapsing, industries dying out, jobs lost. What nonsense!  Countries like China, Russia and the USA, none of which has preferential trade terms with the EU, sell more into the EU than we do.  When we leave, we shall have a free trade deal and trade and jobs will be unaffected.

But we will be free to set up trading arrangements on our own behalf with other countries.  For example, little Iceland has its own trade deal with China – but we, in the EU, can’t do that.  We’ll also be free of the stranglehold of EU red-tape, and free from Brussels energy policies which are undermining our competitiveness.

Does anyone seriously believe BMW will stop selling us motor cars if we were out of the EU? Of course not. Don’t believe the hype — when Mr Cameron’s long-awaited referendum is launched — vote OUT!

Yours,

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Leicestershire

The Lincolnshire Echo

A Conservative government, albeit with a tiny majority. And for UKIP, only one Westminster seat. Let’s be honest — that was fewer than we expected or hoped for, and was a disappointment.  I especially extend my sympathy to Mark Reckless, who crossed the floor to UKIP, won a by-election in Rochester in November, and then lost the seat in May – and also to candidates in Lincolnshire itself, who achieved second places across the county.

But on every other metric, we in UKIP can afford to be encouraged. From less than a million votes in 2010, we achieved about 3.8m in 2015.  We came a solid second in 120 constituencies, positioning ourselves as the key challenger to Labour in the North, and to the Tories in the South. We have maintained consistent growth over five years, and can look forward to strengthening our position before the next election in 2020.

But the sharp contrast between votes and seats is a damning reflection on our first-past-the-post electoral system.

In Scotland, the SNP won 56 seats on 1,500,000 votes – or 27,000 votes per MP. Yet UKIP’s near-on four million votes achieved only one MP. It took us nearly 150 times as many votes to elect an MP as it took the SNP. That cannot be right. It cannot be fair. Those four million UKIP voters — and our members and activists and candidates — can feel rightly aggrieved at the way the system is stacked against them.

At one time I supported first-past-the-post — it offers a degree of stability in a two-party system. But we no longer have a two-party system, and the results of our current electoral system are perverse and unjust. It must be changed.

The result gave the lie to the narrative of the Tory Party and most of the media that “a UKIP vote is a vote for Miliband”. On the contrary, it seems many former Tories who had planned to vote for UKIP reverted to the Tories because of the SNP/Labour coalition scare, while many wavering Labour voters, equally concerned about the SNP, seem to have switched to UKIP. Far from helping Miliband, the UKIP campaign may have had the opposite effect.

Either way, the Party is in good heart, stronger than it has ever been, and will be stronger still in 2020.  Meantime, we will be pressing strongly for a free and fair EU Referendum.

East Midlands press

To The Editor.
Dear Sir,
I would like to personally thank all the activists, members, supporters and voters who have made UKIP the third largest political party in the country.
It was a good night for UKIP – our vote share increased greatly from 2010. The biggest loser of the night was the credibility of the first past the post electoral system. We now live in a multi-party landscape and this system must be scrapped in favour of proportion representation
It does not give what its advocate promise – stable government – it just gives resentment from the un-represented. It cannot be right that nearly four million votes led to one UKIP seat.
But we will continue to fight for what is right as we move forward – UKIP is now like a liner heading in the right direction and in good speed.
For 2020 we need more travellers and deck hands to reach our destination. So hop on board because it’s good fun, worth the trip and we will reach our destination of significant seat gains across the UK and and ultimately restore national self determination for all.
Yours,
Roger Helmer UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.

 

East Midlands press

Having seen the Green Party manifesto – what preposterous absurdity – taking a bad energy situation and making it worse.

 

Their policies will increase global emissions by driving even more energy-intensive businesses to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, and will undermine British industry, costing jobs and investment.

 

Only UKIP has an energy policy which can deliver secure and affordable energy – I’ve tried asking voters on the doorstep “Do you think we should keep spending billions on renewables subsidies?”, and not a single voter has replied “Yes”.

 

Roger Helmer MEP launches the campaign of Jonathan Bullock for Kettering

 

Roger Helmer MEP has visited Geddington to launch the campaign of UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Kettering Jonathan Bullock.

 

Roger said ‘ I am delighted to be in the beautiful village of Geddington to help our Parliamentary candidate for Kettering Jonathan Bullock who is also re-standing for his Council seat. He is certainly highly thought of locally- probably because his 100% turnout rate at full Council meetings has shown his commitment and enthusiasm to the role. I wish him luck in the elections.’

 

Jonathan Bullock said:

 

‘I am very grateful to Roger Helmer for taking time to come and support my campaign. We have been out knocking on doors and not only have we’ve found favourable support for UKIP  but alot of people are fed up with the Conservative Party and Labour Party who have ignored the ordinary persons worries about uncontrolled immigration and the effect this is having on our schools, hospitals and local services. Our policy of an Australian style points-based migration system to slash the volume of immigration and end the undercutting of the wages of British working people is highly popular.’

 

Jonathan is being backed also by two former mayors of Kettering- Alan Pote and Eddie Brace- and UKIP are running Council candidates in every ward in the Borough.

UKIP condemns EU decision to allow multi-millions in German state subsidies to investors in off-shore wind turbines

 

UKIP energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said: “The Green ideologues at the European Commission are pushing for taxpayer subsidies across the EU for wind energy projects that are unreliable, uneconomic and deadly to migratory and sea birds.”

 

“The vast taxpayer-funded subsidies the EU are encouraging for so-called renewable energy projects will never deliver reliable energy to customers. The subsidies will only make the rich investors building these projects even richer. They will undermine investors who are putting their own money into power stations run on gas and other reliable and inexpensive fuels,” said Helmer.

 

“Today the European Commission has announced that German government plans to subsidise 20 offshore wind turbine projects being built for €29.3bn (£22bn) will not breach EU rules against state aid which might distort competition. This is clearly untrue.”

 

“One only needs to look at the UK government plans to allow an international consortium to build 400 wind turbines off theYorkshire coast. The project which will be subsidised by British taxpayers by as much as £900m a year, and after ten years it will deliver over £1bn a year in profits to the investors.”

 

“Yet none of these hugely expensive wind turbine projects will replace fossil fuel power stations, which must remain ready to continue to provide a ready source of fuel for British customers,” said Helmer.

 

Lincolnshire Echo

I read with interest the letter from Judith Coops on climate change, but I’m afraid it’s herself who is missing the point. 

She says that the debate whether climate change is man-made or not is “irrelevant”.  On the contrary, it’s right at the heart of the issue.  If man-made CO2 is the only (or primary) cause of climate change, then in theory we could do something about it (though in practice, on a global scale, that’s proving impossible).  But if, as many believe, human activity is not the cause, then our “green” policies are useless and pointless — they will have no effect except to bankrupt the country.

She suggests that we are “poisoning the air we breathe”.  Certainly we need to control pollutants like SOx, NOx and particulates.  But (name) implies that CO2 is poisoning the air.  So a little chemistry lesson: CO2 is an invisible, natural, odourless, non-toxic trace gas which is essential for plant growth and therefore for life on earth.  Without atmospheric CO2 we should all die.  And it amounts to no more that 0.04% of the atmosphere.

Ms Coops refers to the Little Ice Age that put paid to the Greenland Viking settlements.  But that makes my point: that change was clearly not driven by human activity, and nothing that we did (or didn’t do) would have made a scrap of difference.  It is clear from the history of climate that the main drivers of global temperature are solar and astronomical cycles.  To suggest that our complex and chaotic climate system is driven solely or primarily by a harmless trace gas is, frankly, absurd.

Honda’s £200m investment “Massive vote of confidence in Britain” says UKIP’s Industry spokesman Roger Helmer

Following the announcement that Honda is investing a further £200m in their plant in Swindon, Roger Helmer, the UKIP Industry spokesmansaid, “I’m delighted that Honda has shown this strong gesture of confidence in the UK motor industry, which goes from strength to strength.  The UK will continue to be a major hub for auto manufacture and exports, whether or not we remain in the European Union”.

It is clear that a company such as Honda will have ‘war-gamed’ future economic and political situations, including the strong likelihood of Brexit. This investment follows a £267 investment in September 20102.

The Independent right to reply

Dear Sir,

I recently ventured a light-hearted Tweet criticising “Earth Hour”, and you saw fit to report this in a piece describing me as “an idiot”.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukips-energy-spokesman-an-idiot-after-urging-people-to-turn-all-their-lights-on-for-earth-hour-10142008.html

Surely the real idiots are those, like Ed Davey, who support a totally counter-productive and perverse UK/EU energy policy, which is doing untold economic damage, while arguably increasing global emissions.

We have turned our back on low-cost generation like coal, and invested heavily in expensive and intermittent renewables.  Energy costs are now driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU altogether, taking their jobs and their investment with them, and damaging our trade balance.  Former EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani has said “We are creating an industrial massacre in Europe”.

Often these firms go to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, thus increasing emissions per unit of production.  A recent report by Vivid Economics for DECC showed that imported refined petroleum products involve 35% higher emissions than equivalent products refined in the UK

Yours faithfully,

ROGER HELMER MEP

www.rogerhelmer.com

Sunday Times Letter

In your editorial of March 15th you repeat the canard that “UKIP does not offer a programme for government beyond maximising the UK’s sovereignty”.  As UKIP Energy Spokesman, I beg to differ.

One of the major policy challenges facing Britain today is that of energy.  Energy prices for industry are hopelessly uncompetitive.  This is not the result of an accident of fate, or an Act of God, but of deliberate policy.  We have chosen to close swathes of economical and reliable generating capacity, and replace it with expensive and unreliable renewables.  This is a vast misallocation of resources.

Our energy prices are broadly speaking double those of international competitors outside the EU. Industries are moving out of the UK (and out of the EU), taking their jobs and their investment with them.  Often they go to jurisdictions with lower emissions standards, resulting in increased global emissions.  We are creating, as former Commissioner Antonio Tajani put it, “an industrial massacre in Europe”.  Yet this crisis receives little media attention — and is ignored in your editorial.

UKIP offers an energy policy based on coal, gas and nuclear — with a place for renewables if and when they are competitive.  We are the only party offering a rational energy strategy — the old parties simply accept Brussels’ energy policy, and have even signed a joint paper on “fighting climate change”.  UKIP is the only party offering a viable alternative — secure and affordable energy.

Yet in one sense your editorial is correct — we can’t implement a rational energy policy as long as we are in the EU, so energy, like so much else, also becomes a sovereignty issue.

Letter to the East Midlands press

UKIP has held its latest day of action protesting against the highway robbery known as’ toll roads’.

Earlier this week the party unfurled banners at a series of demonstrations. Our message is clear – this is highway robbery and charging drivers to use our busiest trunk roads and motorways is another hammer blow to the motorist.

Our aim is to block the introduction of any new new toll roads and to start work to strip back existing tolls on publically-owned roads.

We pay enough in taxes in this country as it is – we should be able to afford a top class road network, not be hammered in further charges so the Government can help fund schemes such as the white elephant HS2 project.

Enough is enough.

Letter to Lincolnshire press

To The Editor,

Dear Sir,

I read your piece, (Staffing shortage with 58 job vacancies for registered nurses at the hospital), with interest.

We in UKIP have long said if we can recruit talented British nurses that can only be a good thing for the NHS and for patients.

For Pilgrim Hospital to say part of its strategy is ‘to recruit more people from the EU,’ and then say that many nurses from Italy and Greece left the hospital because they wanted to be near an aiport so they could return home at weekends, is a little odd I think.

Surely better to learn from experience and recruit talented nurses with a good command of English and maybe adopt a strategy which doesn’t give preference to nurses from the EU.

Just a thought.

 

Letter to The Leicester Mercury

For nearly twenty years at my Leicestershire home there’s been an overhead electric cable across the paddock, with a support pole in the paddock.  Recently, the electric company has “undergrounded” the cabling, and taken away the overhead cable and pole.  As a consequence, the paddock now looks a whole lot nicer.

The south side of the village is blighted by four enormous wind turbines.  I’m thinking of asking the electric company if they’d like to come and “underground” those, too.

Calls for cut in beer tax

UKIP MEPS Roger Helmer and Margot Parker have joined calls for third cut in beer tax.

The East Midlands MEPs have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to back Britain’s beer and pub sector by cutting beer duty for the third time in the Budget on March 18.

The move comes as a new analysis by leading economists Oxford Economics for the BBPA, shows the huge impact of beer and pubs in the region.

  • The beer and pub sector sustains 66,181 in the region
  • This includes 21,296 for 16 to 24 year olds, who have been hit hard by the economic slowdown
  • The sector adds £1.374m to the regional economy
  • The sector also contributes £1.171m in taxes to the exchequer in the region.

 

UKIP is also pointing out that despite recent tax cuts, British beer drinkers still pay 40 per cent of the entire EU beer tax bill, but only consume 13 per cent of the beer sold in the EU.

Beer taxes in the UK are now an astonishing 12 times higher than in the largest beer market, Germany – and three times the EU average.

Mr Helmer and Mrs Parker are backing the campaign supported by the British Beer & Pub Association, the Society of Independent Brewers and the Campaign for Real Ale, for the Chancellor to cut beer tax for a third time in the Budget.

Commenting on the campaign, Mr Helmer said: “These figures show how important the brewing and pub sector is in the region. I hope the Chancellor will take action to protect these jobs by continuing to bring beer duty more into line with other EU countries.”

Mrs Parker said: “This will also help our much-loved pubs, the communities they serve and the important local facilities they provide.”

Wry smile at letter on allowances

We in UKIP had a wry smile at the letter from Ken Moreton, reciting the salary and allowances of UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

The short answer is this – first of all, Nigel Farage gets exactly the same benefits and allowances as 750 other MEPs – including Labour, Tory and Lib-Dem. The only difference is that as a group leader, he has access to a car (as have other group leaders in Brussels, and senior UK politicians).

And the old canard about UKIP MEPs “not working”. Former Lib-Dem MEP Bill Newton Dunn raised this one during the 2014 Euro elections – and was taken a back when I pointed out that my voting rate was better than the average of his own Lib-Dem MEPs. Last time I checked, David Cameron’s voting participation rate  in Westminster was below 20 per cent In this EU parliament, UKIP’s voting record is ahead of that of the old parties.

In any case, voting participation is a poor measure of an MEP’s work. Some of us attach more importance to working for our constituents in our regions.

Yours, Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for Derbyshire

EU power grab will force Britain to abandon independent energy deals, warns UKIP

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands and spokesman on energy, said the plan is another anti-competition move by the EU: “What this means is that if the UK can strike a good deal with a gas-producing state outside the European Union, the Commission can veto it on the grounds that it might give British industry an advantage over one of our European competitors.”

“The plan for a so-called Energy Union is in fact just an attempt by Brussels to grab control over all international energy deals. We learned today that the Commission is demanding ‘active participation’ in any deal the UK or any other member state may want to make in an attempt to get the cheapest possible gas prices.”

“So far the Cameron government has offered no resistance to this EU scheme. Yet Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has already admitted the Energy Union will force countries to pool their resources, combine their infrastructures and surrender their negotiating power in any energy deals with countries outside the EU.”

“Ultimately, Brussels wants the power to control the taps on our energy supplies,” said Helmer.

Deindustrialisation of Europe

Last week at the European Parliament the Industry and Energy Committee was called to vote on the Market Stability Reserve. The Committee nearly voted in favour of the deindustrialisation of Europe.

Let me briefly explain what the MSR is. The EU Emissions Trading system was introduced in 2005 as a ‘Cap and Trade’ scheme to reduce emissions.  The theory was that the right to emit CO2 would be traded, and therefore permits would go where they were most economically useful.  The price of the units would send a ‘signal’ to the market, which would promote energy conservation and new low-carbon technologies.

It was anticipated the price would start out around €25 a ton (a level at which very ‘dirty’ fossil fuels like lignite would start to be squeezed out), and progress over the years to €75, which would virtually exclude all fossil fuels.

 

he ETS was hailed as ‘a market system’ which would allocate a scarce resource – the right to emit CO2 — in an efficient way.  In fact, for almost all of that time the price has languished below €10.  It has failed to give the market signals intended.  But it has created a huge administrative burden on industry, and spawned a new (and totally non-productive) business in “carbon trading”.

Recognising the effective failure of the grand scheme, the EU introduced a sticking-plaster response – back-loading. This removed some 900 million allowances from the current auction round for permits, but the effect on pricing was negligible.  Some member-states became so frustrated with this failure that they introduced country-specific measures (undercutting the pretence of a Single Market).  One such measure was George Osborne’s Carbon Flood Price, introduced in April 2013, a measure which directly impacted the competitive position of UK industry against continental competitors.

Recognising the on-going failure of the ETS programme, the EU institutions are now debating yet another sticking-plaster solution, the Market Stability Reserve.

Under the Commission’s proposal, starting from 2021, with the fourth ETS trading period, 12 per cent of the allowances in circulation would be placed in a reserve if the number of allowances in circulation two years earlier exceeds 833 million.

No one seems to recognise the irony of a ‘market mechanism’ which requires constant regulatory intervention to achieve the price levels originally envisaged.  Markets set their own prices autonomously – that’s what a market is.  We now have the worst of all possible worlds – the cost of operating a market, but a price being set by repeated regulatory intervention.  It’s not a real market at all.  It’s simply the most expensive and cumbersome method yet invented to impose a tax.

The MSR has been the subject of heated debate in the parliament, and the battle lines are drawn.  The left and the greens are keen to impose the MSR as soon as possible, and want to bring it forward to 2017.  And those who understand Europe’s competitive position in the world (and that includes UKIP), don’t want it at all.

On the industry side, a similar split is emerging.  Energy suppliers want the MSR, as the only mechanism available to enable them to achieve the emissions targets the EU has set out.  And they are confident that they can pass on the higher costs – forgetting that many of their most energy-intensive customers will move – indeed are already moving – out of the EU altogether to escape the suicidal energy policies which Brussels is imposing.

 

Intensive energy users, on the other hand, are in despair.  Already clinging on by their finger-tips in the face of global competition, they fear that this is the coup-de-grace.  In the past week I have met with the aluminium, steel and petroleum refining industries.  They all tell the same story: EU production in decline, plants closing, jobs lost, imports rising.  We are exporting production and jobs and investment, outside the EU altogether.  And emissions.  Often this activity goes to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, leading to higher emissions.  In steel, imports can represent twice the emissions per ton compared to EU production.  In petroleum refining, it’s plus 35 per cent.

 

 

 

 

 

Aluminium has lost 42,000 jobs since 2007 (while imports rise).  Steel 80,000.  Petroleum refining 10,000 direct jobs, and an estimated 40,000 indirect.  Chemicals, glass and cement can tell similar stories.  This affects us all – here in Lincolnshire and across our country. Indeed, think of the trades which rely on those industries?

 

 

 

 

 

We are seeing more plant closures.  More industry and investment moving out of the EU. The de-industrialisation of Europe.   And quite possibly, higher emissions.  That’s a very strange kind of ‘success’.

 

 

 

 

 

The word ‘mad’ is hardly strong enough.  This is economic and industrial suicide.  But the EU institutions are determined to press ahead with it.  And believe it or not, the British Government is urging MEPs to support both the MSR and the earlier start date.  Madness has a name – Ed Davey.

More Government meddling

Here we go again – the Government rushing into legislation – this time on plain packaging for cigarettes.
These new laws are wrong on so many levels, not least it could lead to worse health outcomes for smokers.
There are all sorts of concerns on why and whether the Government should rush through this legislation before the election, when there are so many other important issues crying out for change.
But the most devastating failure of these proposals is they do not work – If the idea is to reduce smoking, particularly among the young, then the evidence from Australia shows that is has no impact.
Instead poor quality counterfeit cigarettes flood the marker – which are even worse for health. It also, of course, funds the black market and organised crime.

Fighting for the NHS

To The Editor,

Dear Sir,

Yet again, we in UKIP find ourselves responding to misrepresentations on our policies regarding the NHS.

The UKIP position on healthcare funding is simple – the NHS is and will remain funded through general taxation and free at the point of delivery. This is a position supported by by our leader Nigel Farage and our spokesman on health Louise Bours. The position has also been endorsed by the NEC.

A UKIP Government will ensure will ensure the NHS is free at the point of delivery and time of need for all UK residents. For those interested in our policies on the NHS we would also:

  • Stop further use of PFI in the NHS and encourage local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts early where this is affordable.
  • Ensure that GPs’ surgeries are open at least one evening per week, where there is demand for it.
  • Oppose plans to charge patients for visiting their GP.
  • Ensure that visitors to the UK, and migrants until they have paid NI for five years, have NHS-approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK, saving the NHS £2b pa. UKIP will commit to spending £200m of the £2b saving to end hospital car parking charges in England.
  • We would replace Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with elected county health boards to be more responsive scrutineers of local health services. These will be able to inspect health services and take evidence from whistle-blowers.
  • We would oppose the sale of NHS data to third parties.
  • We would ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.
  • We will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practice.

As your local UKIP MEPs we hope that sets the record straight.

Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands.

Letter on climate change

Professor Joanna Haigh of Imperial College is quite right to say that I am not a scientist (though I do have a Cambridge maths degree and a fairly good layman’s grasp of scientific principles). She might like to note first of all that I am a politician, and as such I am frequently obliged to form a view, and to vote, on issues that have a significant scientific component. If Prof Haigh wants to exclude all non-scientists from decision-making on such issues, she has just sounded the death-knell of democracy.

Secondly she might like to note that we are dealing here with climate science, and despite the nonsense claim of a “97% consensus”, the fact is that there are wide divergences of view amongst scientists.  I have personally worked with expert reviewers from the IPCC panel itself who profoundly disagree with the IPCC conclusions.  Prof Fred Singer of the University of Virginia says “The IPCC accepted my corrections to its punctuation — but not to its science”.  One such reviewer, Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, had to threaten to sue the IPCC to have his name removed from a section of the report with which he disagreed.

In these circumstances I as a politician have to take an informed view and decide and vote accordingly, and in forming that view I take account of the fact that IPCC predictions of global temperature have been repeatedly falsified by the data, and that there has been no additional warming for nearly two decades.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

So now we have to drink tepid coffee in dimly-lit rooms – assuming we have time after taking an extra half an hour doing the vacuuming thanks to our low-powered cleaners.

Yes, the EU has struck again. Not content with meddling over light bulbs and vacuum cleaner power, now coffee machines have come under the spotlight.

New regulations will mean coffee machines will have to switch off after brewing the drink – leaving what is left completely unpalatable.

It is yet another example of how we are losing control over the tiniest details of our own affairs. We wish the EU would find something better to do – these type of laws should be a matter for the industry, the market and perhaps national legislation – not a matter for yet more interference from Brussels.

More must be done to train nurses in this country – and urgently

Our plea comes in the wake of a shock report from the Health Service Journal showing almost three-quarters of hospital trusts have been driven to recruiting overseas.

While we have always had some foreign nurses working in the NHS it is now getting out of control and we cannot go on ignoring the situation – this shortage of homegrown registered nurses should never have been allowed to develop and cutting 10,000 training posts since the last General Election has plainly been a massive mistake. We believe one of the ways to address this is to scrap the insistence on university degrees.

We need to go back to learning on the job backed up with classroom training which would help tackle this staffing crisis Nursing is about caring and practical experience on the wards, dealing with real patients is worth its weight in gold.

A survey earlier this year revealed more than half of nurses are so unhappy they want to quit to work overseas for countries such as Australia where they can often earn at least £10,000 a year more.

Morale among nursing staff is very low as they feel their essential work is undervalued so it is no wonder that we have staff shortages in this country. It is a crisis and swift action is needed.

Latest figures show in the 12 months ending in September last year 5,778 nurses from abroad were recruited compared with 1,360 the previous year.

Recruiting staff from abroad carries the inherent risk that poor English skills could lead to misunderstandings and mistakes. It also adds to the costs of recruitment, money which should be spent on training and paying British nurses.

Because our hands are tied by EU rules on freedom of labour about 75 per cent of nurses from overseas are allowed to register to work here without any checks on their language or competence. That is plainly wrong and dangerous.

Another blow to controlling our own borders

The decision by the European Court of Justice that Britain must recognise residence permits from any EU member state strikes another blow against the UK’s power to control its borders.

The court ruled that where non-EU nationals hold a residence permit as a family member of a citizen of an EU member state, the UK cannot require them to apply for a visa to enter Britain.

This means Britain will be forced to recognise residence permits issued by any EU member state, even though the system of permits is wide open to abuse and fraud. This ruling extends the so-called ‘right to free movement’ to millions of  people from anywhere in the world who don’t have citizenship of any country of the EU and will have an effect on the people of the East Midlands and beyond.

Britain will now be forced to recognise residence permits issued by any EU member state, even though the system of permits is wide open to abuse and fraud. This ruling extends the so-called ‘right to free movement’ to millions of  people from anywhere in the world who don’t have citizenship of any country of the EU.

This is yet another blow to our right to govern ourselves and another example why were would be better off out.

Letter to The Daily Telegraph

Hari Bakhshi (letters, Dec 7th) says he is withdrawing his support for UKIP, and supporting the EU, because a kind Polish lady helped him in a car park.

I myself have enjoyed great kindness and consideration from Americans — and indeed from Malaysians, and others.  But that doesn’t mean I choose to be governed from Washington, or from Kuala Lumpur.  UKIP seeks to be globally engaged, and on good terms with other nations, but we also believe that the British people should govern themselves.

Residents worried over Viking threat

Worried residents have called on their MEP to help halt controversial plans for a ‘Viking link’ to a sub-station at Bicker Fen.

Concerned householder John Bowler, who is acting on behalf of the residents, said that the proposed new infrastructure known as the Viking Link will come from Denmark undersea to the Lincolnshire coast then across Lincolnshire to Bicker Fen.

He said: “The sub-station on the fen will cover about 150 acres of prime agricultural land. There will be extensive environmental damage across Lincolnshire and at Bicker Fen, to say nothing of the damage to residents.

The Viking Link has had no discussion or consultation anywhere. The project is in addition to the National Grid existing sub-station, in addition to the existing 13 wind turbines, in addition to the infrastructure for the Heckington Wind Turbines, and in addition to the RWE sub-station and wiring across Lincolnshire from the Triton Knoll wind turbines to Bicker Fen.

All the new projects will be constructed at the same time, causing total devastation to this area and changing the character of the area from agricultural to industrial. In all cases alternative brownfield sites are available.”

He has called on UKIP MEP Roger Helmer, who is also the party’s energy spokesman, for help in fighting the proposals.

Mr Helmer has written to the Chief Executives of Ofcom and National Grid. He said: These residents have already had a large wind farm imposed in the teeth of their protests, and have consequently suffered all the problems of an industrialised landscape, visual intrusion, excessive lorry movements during the construction phase, and of course the well-documented health impacts of wind turbines located close to homes.

They are now horrified to find they face a new threat, from the proposed Viking Link from Denmark, which apparently is scheduled to come right through the same area – as if local residents had not suffered enough.”

He said residents would suffer from:

  • Visual intrusion
  • Loss of valuable agricultural land (reportedly 150 acres)
  • Unacceptable levels of traffic, and industrialisation of the Bicker area
  • Total lack of information or consultation before the plans were finalised.
  • Unacceptable damage to residents’ lives
  • Unacceptable cumulative industrialisation

He urged the authorities to look again at the scheme.

UKIP announces candidate to fight Nottingham East

UKIP has chosen its candidate to take on Labour head-on in next year’s General Election.

Claude-Francois Loi, who is the county representative for Nottinghamshire, will fight the Nottingham East seat, saying: “The people of Nottingham want someone to represent them who cares for the city.

“I was born and bred locally and will do my very best to listen to the people and what they want. Voters are tired of the same old policies and dogma from the other parties.”

UKIP’s Nottingham branch chairman Francesco Lari said: Fran is a young candidate and I’m sure he will do very well in the second most marginal of the Nottingham constituencies.

“The people of Nottingham want to be represented by someone who cares for the city and Labour has lost touch with the voters. I and the electors of Nottingham East are looking forward to have Fran in Westminster this coming May.”

The city’s UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said: “I, like everyone else in UKIP, wish Fran well. He is an enthusiastic and hard-working candidate and has the interests of Nottingham and its people close to his heart.”

Mr Loi lives in Gedling and is a consultant for lesiure venues and a project manager. He has lived in Nottingham for most of his life and currently lives with his nine-year-old son.

He said: “As a single parent, I know what it is like to struggle and to manage household budgets to make ends meet.”

He also works as a volunteer assistant instructor at Mixed Martial Arts, training children in self defence, campaigns for the people of Nottinghamshire on local issues and is the UKIP county representative for Nottinghamshire and vice-chairman of UKIP Gedling Association.

Immigration figures are ‘eye-watering’

UKIP East Midlands MEPs Roger Helmer and Margot Parker have described the latest immigration increases as ‘eye-watering.’

Their comments come after it was revealed in the year to June 2014, 583,000 people entered the UK – more than whole the population of the City of Manchester – while net term migration was up in the year by 42 per cent to 250,000.

Mr Helmer said: The astronomical migration figures show an abject failure by this Government to control immigration, despite countless promises to the public. The eye-watering increase places immense strain on employment prospects, schools, hospitals and housing. This is either a total scandal or a long standing con trick by a party which was elected on the promise of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands. 

“It is typical of David Cameron and his party – can they not keep any promises and pledges?”

Mrs Parker said: “These migration figures once again demonstrate the Tories’ abject failure to deliver on a promise, we can expect more Tory excuses.

“The solution to stopping mass, uncontrolled, wage-lowering, legal and illegal immigration into the UK is straightforward. First control our borders by making sure we properly resource the UK Border Agency by hiring at least 2,500 more frontline staff. Second, exit the EU and ensure we negotiate fair and ethical immigration criteria for all peoples of the world based on implementation of an Australian-like points based system on our way out.”

Mr Helmer added: “The Government needs to stop sticking its head in the sand and get real on how the UK can take back control of immigration so that public services can be planned for and properly financed.”

 

EU protects Juncker

So, the European Parliament has voted to protect the scandal-soaked Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rather than to protect voters whose national tax revenues have been bled by his big business tax avoidance schemes.

During the debate on Thursday, (November 28), those of us who backed this motion of censure warned the that credibility of the new president of the commission has been ruined by the disclosures that he had permitted 240 of the biggest multi-nationals in the world to enter into aggressive corporate tax avoidance schemes in the Grand Duchy while he was Prime Minister.

It is disgraceful Labour MEPs supported Juncker’s sweetheart deals for multinational corporations.  But the Tories — impaled on the EU fence — abstained.  Will this office-hungry party stand up for anything?

What no one will forget is that while Juncker was letting multi-nationals off with dodgy deals and one per cent corporation tax, he was one of the Eurozone bosses who were imposing spending cuts and tax rises on the suffering ordinary people caught in the trap of the EU’s single currency.

HS2 – politicians’ train set

What an awful situation residents living on the planned route of HS2 in Derbyshire find themselves in.

Having to wait another year before knowing if their homes will be demolished to make way for this ridiculous vanity project must be putting great strain on family life, especially at a time when the underlying economics of HS2 are increasingly being questioned.

It appears HS2 officials are telling the residents – who were first told their homes may be compulsorily purchased two years ago – that final decisions will not be made until after the General Election.

Meanwhile these residents must wait and wait. Not only is HS2 a waste of money – a politician’s train set in fact – it is also having a detrimental impact on peoples’ lives.

Labour Lies on NHS

We feel compelled to write after reading the outrageous letter from Cheryl Pidgeon, the ‘proud’ Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Derbyshire.

Proud indeed? Proud of spreading blatant lies about UKIP to the electorate maybe?

So UKIP believes working mothers are not worth as much as men? That we believe life was’ easier’ when there was no equality for gay and lesbian people? That the NHS would be better off privatised?

Very odd observations – and downright lies. Our plans for the NHS for instance? Where does Ms Pidgeon get this from?

Time and time again our party leader, our health spokesman and our politicians and members have said that our much-loved and much-needed NHS will be cherished in UKIP hands and will continue to be free at the point of use. We musat put an end to these lies.

Labour accuses UKIP of having no policies — yet spends its time lying about what our policies are.

Praise for school

We read with interest your piece on Middle Rasen Primary School, (November 20, 2014), in which the head teacher said that Ofsted branding her school ‘too English’ had been blown out of all proportion.

It seems a pity the focus on one small section of the Ofsted report had deflated morale at the school on near Market Rasen.

What a shame. Ofsted gave the school a ‘good’ rating and the positives of the report should be pressed home not one small part  – indeed, the head, Melonie Brunton, said that particular section simply highlighted the fact there was a lack of children from other cultures at the school, not that it was ‘too English’.

It’s refreshing to see The Lincolnshire Echo – part of our much-valued local press – set the record straight and cut through the throwaway headlines.

And as for the school? It appears it has a dedicated and committed staff which we are sure will work on the aspects highlighted in the Ofsted report and reach its targets.

Yours,

Roger Helmer and Margot Parker MEPs for Lincolnshire

In response to Leicester Mercury piece

I enjoyed reading your interview with my former staffer, now MEP, Emma McClarkin. 

But I note that she is trotting out the increasingly tired and outdated Tory slogan “Vote UKIP, get Miliband”. I have a three-word answer for that: “Rochester and Strood”.

The experience in Rochester, and indeed in Clacton, was “Vote UKIP, get UKIP”‘. And in the earlier by-election in Heywood and Middleton, if a few Tory voters had switched tactically to UKIP to stop Labour, they’d have stopped Labour.

The lesson from the Heywood result was “Vote Conservative, get Miliband”.

UKIP reaches the parts other parties can’t reach

A few years ago, taxi drivers were forbidden to display the flag of Saint George because the authorities thought it was “racist”.http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/4886127.display/  Indeed, it was a brave politician who dared to mention the vexed question of immigration, because to do so invited howls of outrage, and (again) accusations of racism.

And UKIP has played a great part in opening up the immigration debate – indeed is the only party with a non-discriminatory immigration policy, based solely on numbers and skills.  This contrasts with Coalition policy, which discriminates in favour of unskilled Eastern Europeans, and against highly skilled immigrants from the Commonwealth.

It’s now becoming much more acceptable to display our English national flag (especially during international football competitions). And so we should. Other countries, from the USA to Thailand, display their national flags proudly and without apology, and so should we.

But then sadly, we run up against Labour’s attitude, with their Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry photographing a house with English flags and a white van parked outside, and Tweeting it with obvious derision. How very — well, non-Labour — to show a hint of patriotism!  Of course she was forced to resign from the front bench, but by then the damage was done. Labour instinctively despises working-class people who drive white vans and display the national flag.

This is a sorry come-down for a party, which as its very name suggests, was created for the working man. Labour has entirely lost touch with its roots. Take its leader, Ed Miliband, who struggles to eat a bacon sandwich. Sadly for him, he just looks a bit weird, and his adenoidal speaking voice doesn’t help. He studied at Corpus Christi, Oxford, and then at LSE, and apart from a short period as a journalist, he’s never had a proper job.

Not that he’s unique. Neither Nick Clegg nor David Cameron has much real-world experience, having spent most of their careers in politics, and both had a privileged education. (OK, I may have a Cambridge degree myself, but I was a grammar school boy and I spent 33 years working in industry before getting into politics).

All three old parties, in fact, have become metrocentric, and are more comfortable in St. John’s Wood than Swadlincote. I love the story of Peter Mandelson going to Middlesbrough and being given mushy peas, and then complaining there was something seriously wrong with the guacamole!  And the voters recognise that. But they rightly see UKIP as authentic. Nigel Farage doesn’t drink with the average guy in the pub for a photo-op – he does it because he genuinely enjoys it, and wants to hear what the customers are saying.

That’s why UKIP is taking votes from Labour almost to the same extent as it’s taking votes from Tories.  And that Rochester result blows away the Tory slogan “Vote UKIP, get Miliband”.

Oh no.  It’s “Vote UKIP, get UKIP

Roger Helmer on BBC Radio Nottingham

Hear Roger on BBC Radio Nottingham on the Rochester and Strood by-election – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02b7qx1 – one hour, 56 minutes in.

Roger Helmer hails Rochester win as another huge step forward

A huge endorsement of UKIP policies – that’s the message from East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer after the historic victory in Rochester and Strood.

Mark Reckless’ stunning by-election victory – which gave UKIP its second MP after Douglas Carswell’s ground-breaking win last month – was hailed as another huge step forward for the party and for Britain.

Mr Helmer has been helping out with the campaign in Rochester and Strood and were overwhelmed at the public’s support.

Mr Helmer, the leader of the UKIP delegation in Brussels and the party’s energy spokesman, said: “Fantastic. Another great night which shows the growing public support for UKIP and our policies.

“With the general election coming up in May this is yet another surefire sign that the country is fully behind us – the old parties are being left behind.”

Government policy a clear ‘copy and paste’ of UKIP energy plans

A clear copy and paste job – that’s the view of UKIP energy spokesman Roger Helmer on the Government’s latest policy announcement.

Plans to create a ‘Sovereign Wealth Fund’ from the profits of shale gas extraction were released by the UK’s Energy Ministry over the weekend.

But East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer said: “It’s astonishing that not only are they lifting our policy concepts straight out of our manifesto, but they are not even worried about using our wording. It’s basically a copy and paste!”

He said: “It’s been on the record for well over a year that UKIP wanted to look into exploiting our vast shale gas deposits and would use the profits to shore up a wealth fund for the general public.

“We formally announced this before our Annual Party Conference in London in September 2013

“The Tories can try to dress up as us and sell our policies to the voter but they should also remind themselves that they cannot focus on shale gas as a fuel for the future while also signing up to the EU carbon targets for 2020.

Mr Helmer said UKIP had pushed the agenda on so many topics, from having an EU referendum, to controlling immigration, to blocking intervention in Syria and accepting their refugees, it shouldn’t come as a surprise the Government is now taking a leaf out of the UKIP book on energy too.

He said: “They say imitation is the highest form of flattery.The poor old Conservative Party does not have an original thought in its head.”

MEP calls for end to climate change delusion

The region’s MEP will speak at a top level meeting on climate and energy policy.

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer is one of the speakers at a public meeting on Wednesday (November 5) at the Parliament Palace of Westminster in London.

Mr Helmer, the party’s energy spokesman, said: “The UK desperately needs a practical energy policy – not one directed by the EU which is driving many people in this country into fuel poverty.”

Other speakers at the meeting, scheduled for 1pm to 3pm, include Piers Corbyn from Weather Action, who will explain the essential incredibility of the CO2 theory of climate change.

For more information and tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/repealclimateact-tickets-14058494335 or http://www.weatheraction.com.

MEP discovers yet more mind boggling wind turbine costs

An arch critic of wind power has discovered yet more mind boggling turbine costs.

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer has revealed a whole new category of costs after finding out the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) is spending substantial sums to enable its radars to cope with the adverse impact of wind turbines. These radars are essential in order to keep commercial planes on course.

Mr Helmer, the party’s energy spokesman, is a long-standing opponent of wind energy and said his latest findings were “mind-boggling”.

He said: “As turbines have this effect on radar systems it means all wind turbine planning applications have to go to the National Air Transport Service (NATS) for approval.

“But what I didn’t realise, until recently, was NATS has been funding a major programme of up-grades to equipment, designed to enable it to operate more effectively in the face of interference from wind turbines (http://nats.aero/blog/2013/10/winds-of-change-aviation-and-wind-energy/).

“The first phase of this programme is costing £14m. I shall be writing to NATS to ask for its best estimate of the total cost of the programme.

“In its own words, it says, ‘we have poured a huge amount of our own resources into working with the industry on mitigation. We don’t have to do this, it is over and above our core role as an Air Navigation Service Provider but we do so in the spirit of supporting the UK’s renewables targets’.”

Mr Helmer said NATS was funded by levies on the airline industry so the man in the street is paying for these upgrades, either as a passenger or customer of goods transported by air.

He added: “And it’s being done explicitly to enable more wind turbine applications to be approved!

“The costs and the waste involved in the wind industry are mind-boggling. All in pursuit of climate policies which themselves are hugely open to question.

“In primitive and historic communities they conducted human sacrifices to appease the weather gods and to ensure good harvests. Our modern climate policies are equally absurd and ineffectual.  But I suppose we should be grateful that in these modern times all we are sacrificing is wealth and prosperity.”

£1.7 bn for the Brussels Begging Bowl

It is an outrage that Brussels has ambushed the British Prime Minister with an unexpected demand for an extra £1.7 billion — based on their re-assessment of Britain’s economic growth.  And David Cameron is not a man to trust on the issue.  He should just say NO.

(You can’t trust the Tories in Brussels either.  Last week on the vote to approve the new European Commission, they split three ways — for, against and abstain.  Needless to say, UKIP MEPs all voted against).

In this country we don’t allow HMRC to come back retrospectively and change the rules, and demand money from previous years.  We can’t accept Brussels doing that either.

What this amounts to is a deliberate policy of punishing success (the UK), and rewarding failure.  Apparently France will receive nearly £800,000.  But even in its own terms, this EU initiative isn’t working.  It’s taking money from Greece, which is nearly bust, and giving it to Germany, which was doing relatively well until recently.

Of course we in UKIP don’t want to be in the EU’s inward-looking, protectionist club in the first place. We don’t want to be giving Brussels £10 billion net a year to start with, never mind the extra £1.7 billion.  We don’t want British industry burdened by the dead hand of Brussels regulation, estimated by some to be ten times the direct budget contributions.  We want Britain to be free to make its own trade deals with the world.  We want to focus on growing markets in the Americas and Asia, not on a declining Europe.

So we are adamantly opposed to this extra impost, at a time when real wages in the UK are stagnant and public services are desperate for funds.

The timing of the demand, just weeks ahead of the Rochester by-election where UKIP is leading the Tories in opinion polls, has suggested to some that there might be dirty work at the crossroads.  One suggestion: maybe Brussels thinks (wrongly in our view) that a success for UKIP will lead to a Labour Prime Minister, who would not agree to an EU referendum.  So was the timing deliberately designed to help UKIP in Rochester?

Or maybe they want to help Cameron and block UKIP.  Will they climb down a couple of days before polling day, so that Cameron can come back from Brussels waving a piece of paper and declaring “Peace in our Time”?  We’ll see.  Cameron insists he won’t pay on December 1st.  But December 2nd?  One thing’s for sure: he won’t pay before the Rochester by-election on November 20th!

Daily Telegraph:

We in UKIP want a managed immigration policy based on numbers and skills, regardless of nationality.  In that context and following the debate in your columns about foreign dancers at the English National Ballet, I’d like to nominate ballerina Alina Cojocaru as my favourite Romanian immigrant.  No one who has seen her dance will have any doubt about her ability to get past a skills test – perhaps with a grand jeté.

Come and join us

So, the Conservative Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton has said his party needs to adopt some UKIP policies, (Leicester Mercury, October 15).

He was, of course, speaking after our spectacular parliamentary by-election victories, which came hot on the heels of our European Election win in May.

Cllr Rushton is quite right that our policies are backed and supported by the public – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It is refreshing to see our rivals now publically urging their leaders to follow the UKIP fox!

The fox is up and running and no amount of pledges to shoot it will work – as Cllr David Sprason says, Conservative voters are coming to UKIP in big numbers – people don’t trust the Tory leadership any more.

Maybe Cllr Rushton should come and join us?

Roll on next May

Last week, in two by-elections, 32,129 people voted for UKIP — more than the combined Tory and Labour vote,

So we think it’s safe to say that the fox is well and truly in the Westminster hen house! Congratulations to Douglas Carswell and John Bickley and a big pat on the back to all those who helped in the campaigns. We are very proud of them — and not least of the 24 UKIP MEPs who worked in both campaigns.

The Prime Minister still says that a vote for UKIP is a vote for Miliband.  But in Clacton it was a vote for UKIP delivering a UKIP MP.  And in Heywood & Middleton, it was votes for the Tories that allowed the Labour candidate to scrape through.

These results leave Tory and Labour politicians, who have spent recent years repeatedly claiming UKIP could not be taken seriously, busily reassessing the political landscape.

Roll on May, 2015!

Happy to share findings 

Dear Sir, Mr Black’s letter contains so much nonsense that I won’t refute it point-by-point. But I have to take up one issue. He says he can’t find a reference to the EU limiting the power of electric kettles in the document he mentions, and he slaps that proposition onto the table as if it proves his point.

But I never said that the EU had done so. I said they were considering doing so, as has been widely reported in the press. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11061538/EU-to-ban-high-energy-hair-dryers-smartphones-and-kettles.html). I have now tabled a Written Question to the European Commission asking them to clarify their position on the point, and I await their reply, which I shall be happy to share with readers of the Northamptonshire Telegraph when it arrives.

Protest prompts hard hitting letter

The leader of the 24-strong UKIP delegation has written a hard-hitting letter to the president of the European Parliament after up to 100 Kurds stormed the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Horrified MEP Roger Helmer witnessed the incident yesterday (Tuesday) and has now written a strongly worded letter to Martin Schulz, raising concerns over security over the placard waving protest.

In the letter, Mr Helmer, who represents the East Midlands, said: “You will be aware there was a violent disturbance around and inside the parliament today. 

“A demonstration by Kurdish nationals and their supporters got out of hand, a number of demonstrators managed to access the building, and for a whole parliament members and staff had difficulty gaining admittance.

“I have to let you know some staff members were seriously alarmed for their own safety, and frightened by this turn of events. Fortunately these demonstrators were unarmed (so far as I know).  But they could just as well have been ISIL terrorists with explosive vests.

“This was a very serious breach of security indeed. On behalf of my delegation, I should like to know what action you propose to take as a result of this event, and I must insist that measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence.”

Mr Helmer, who also Tweeted about the incident as it happened, said he was awaiting a reply and assurances strong measures will be put in place.

The Kurds were protesting to draw attention to the plight of the Kurdish people of Northern Syria under attack by IS.

Notes for Editors:

There have been four major security incidents in the Parliament in the last three years:

  • In February 2009, a man brandishing a pistol stole about €60,000 from a bank inside the building. The perpetrator got away.
  • In May 2010, a canteen was robbed. Again, no suspect was apprehended.
  • On 4 February 2011, two men held up the Post Office in the Parliament and stole €8,000. Both men got away.
  • On 18 February 2011, a TV journalist passed through security with a toy metal gun tucked under his jacket. He revealed the pistol, on camera, while standing only a few metres away from the presidents of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

Online Petition Launched Demanding A Voice For England

Please sign the petition – http://www.voiceforengland.com/

WE DEMAND:

  1. English only votes in Westminster. We’re asking Scottish MPs for their commitment to not vote on English matters that would otherwise fall within devolved powers if they related to Scotland.
  2. Revision of the Barnett Formula. We want a full debate and vote in the House of Commons to rebalance this arbitrary and out-of-date concept.
  3. No taxation without equal representation. The Electoral Commission must determine new boundaries for the constituencies of Scottish MPs so that the average number of constituents more closely resembles that in England.
  4. A Constitutional Convention. Such a Convention needs to be rapidly established to put in place a plan for a Federal UK.

We’re confident that fulfilling these reasonable requests is vital to retaining the confidence of the electorate in a United Kingdom in which so many powers have been devolved.

Roger Helmer responds to ‘kettle’ letters in local press  

Tony Banks (letters page, Sep 18) misses the point entirely on the EU’s proposed rules on kettles. As I said in my original letter, it takes at least as much energy to boil a low-power kettle as a high-power one (and arguably more, for the reasons which I clearly set out). So the EU proposal fails to make sense even in its own terms. Making kettles lower-power does not make them more efficient – it makes them less efficient.

Mr Banks says, “our environment is Europe, not this little island”. Sorry to disagree again, but our environment is the whole world, and despite Mr Banks obsessive belief in “climate change”, there has been no global warming now for 18 years. No schoolchild today has ever experienced global warming in their life-time. And many scientists, especially astronomers, are suggesting that the world may now start to cool, as a result of changes in solar activity.

Philip Evans, in the same edition, presents an astonishingly prejudiced and bigoted view of UKIP, while demonstrating a vast ignorance of history. The peace in my lifetime has been kept not by Brussels or the European Commission, but by NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance, by nuclear deterrence, by mutually assured destruction, by 100,000 American GIs in Germany. The Berlin Wall was not brought down by the EU, but by the courage, determination and commitment of leaders like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, and indeed Pope John Paul.

In fact the EU is undermining our security, by seeking to create military structures that bypass NATO. It was the EU’s deliberate and hubristic meddling in Ukraine that brought about the current crisis with Russia, which may yet get worse before it gets better.

Mr. Evans’ characterisation of UKIP as “paranoid and xenophobic” is so divorced from reality as to be almost funny. Far from the Scottish Independence Campaign reflecting UKIP attitudes, in fact UKIP, and our Scottish MEP David Coburn, campaigned passionately for the Union.  The clue is in the name, Mr Evans.  We’re the United Kingdom Independence Party.

Roger Helmer MEP on the ‘NO’ vote – BBC Radio Nottingham – one hour, eight minutes in http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02652mm

Roger Helmer MEP’s reaction to Scotland vote result:

Roger Helmer MEP said: “I am delighted to hear that Scotland has voted “NO”.   Three hundred years of history, and common sense, and economic reality have prevailed. We will now see new powers devolved to Scotland.

“But this must mean changes in the rest of the UK, and more powers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Nigel Farage is calling for Scottish MPs to refrain from voting on non-Scottish matters until the issue is resolved, and for a Constitutional convention which will give equal powers to England (and Wales and Northern Ireland), and review the highly preferential Barnett Formula which delivers disproportionate financial benefits to Scotland.”

Delght at re-election of Nigel Farage

Roger Helmer MEP, leader of the UKIP delegation in Parliament, said: I am delighted, although not surprised that Nigel has been re-elected, unopposed, to lead our party for another term.

“His vision and commitment to the betterment of our country is an inspiration to everybody within UKIP, and beyond.

“Nigel was instrumental in demonstrating to me why UKIP was a party I should support back in 2012, and he is the perfect person to deliver that same message to the people of Britain, as we enter one of the most important political periods in our history.”  

Full story here – http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/09/16/Farage-Re-Elected-Unopposed-as-UKIP-Leader

Barmy ban on kettles

One of the benefits of being a member of the European Parliament is that I get the chance to asked the EU Commission a question on behalf of my East Midland constituents, which I often like to do. This week I wrote to them about the latest, ludicrous and nonsensical proposal to come out of Brussels.

Believe it or not, we’ve all been told the European Commission proposes to introduce measures to limit the power of electric kettles on environmental grounds. Like many of you, It left me wondering whether any of these bureaucrats had any grasp of the basic physics of boiling a kettle?

Are they aware that in boiling it slowly, over a longer time, more waste heat will be lost to the environment through conduction, convection and radiation?

Surely they should recognise this proposal will increase electricity consumption, generate more waste heat, and tend to increase emissions, both of CO2 and water vapour?

The EU is in desperate need of some good old, British common sense. Of course they don’t see it that way, which is why I, and my colleagues in UKIP believe we should be better off out.

Political debate on Radio 4’s Any Questions – you can listen here – and read my Blog too!

Britain Faces ‘Winter of Blackouts’ As Firms Are Asked to Ration Electricity

“The chickens are coming home to roost”. So said the Ukip energy spokesman, commenting on the news that businesses are being asked to join a 1970s style energy rationing program this winter to stop Britain being plunged into darkness. Offices and factories will be offered compensation to shut down for four hours a day so that energy can instead be diverted to households.

The scheme, reported in the Daily Mail, is part of a series of measures set to be taken by National Grid which also includes asking owners of decommissioned gas, coal and oil power stations to turn them back on. Ofgem, the industry regulator, has welcomed the proposals but pointed out that “it would cost quite a bit”. It comes as the gap between energy consumption and production has narrowed to dangerous levels, leaving the system increasingly vulnerable to unexpected events.

“The Government has been crossing its fingers and hoping that it’s all fine. It’s blindingly obvious that if you have a tight market then you will be more vulnerable to shocks,” analyst Peter Atherton of Liberum Capital told the Daily Mail.

Fires at two coal stations, one in West Yorkshire, the other in Shropshire, have put those sites out of action, and a gas station in Essex has been unexpectedly closed since the summer. However, National Grid indicated that these setbacks have merely brought the deployment of this plan forward one year.

Under the plan, businesses that sign up to the scheme will be paid a compensatory amount and may be asked to shut down between 4pm and 8pm on any given day between November and February. They will be paid the compensation even if they are not called upon to shut down. In addition, they will also receive an above-market rate payment for any electricity not used.

The scheme echoes the three day working weeks suffered by Britain during the winter of 1973/74, in which power was tightly rationed. Under Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath, businesses were only allowed three consecutive days’ worth of electricity a week whilst households were subject to a ‘three hours on, three hours off’ supply. Heath lost the general election in February 1974.

Yesterday National Grid also contacted the owners of recently closed power plants to enquire as to whether they could be brought back online within the next few weeks. This is an option that has never before been used in Britain, and has been predicted to cost tens of millions as the owners would be paid all costs involved in getting the stations up and running, plus an above market rate price for electricity generated. They would be required to produce energy between 6am and 8pm between November and February.

The measures were “unprecedented”, energy analyst Angelos Anastasiou of Whitman Howard Bank told the Daily Mail, adding “You would need to get a lot of staff back on site, and would need to carry out trials before you can get it up and running. It could run into tens of millions, depending how many stations you needed to bring back.”

Speaking to Breitbart London, Ukip’s energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP commented “UKIP has been warning for years that the UK’s energy policies, driven by Brussels, would lead to blackouts and supply shortages. That’s why our UKIP energy policy document is sub-titled Keeping The Lights On. Now the hickens are coming home to roost.

“It is a bitter irony that DECC [the Department of Energy and Climate Change] is planning contracts with commercial companies to use diesel generators to fill the gaps when the wind doesn’t blow.  It is bizarre that we are paying over the odds for diesel generators when the plan was to cut emissions.

“The near-certainty of black-outs is not the only problem.  We’ve also forced energy prices sky high, driving businesses and jobs and investment out of the UK, and leaving households and pensioners in fuel poverty”.

Barmy ban on vacuums
An EU decision to ban some of the best vacuum cleaners on the market has been labelled as “barmy” by the region’s MEP.
UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer said the latest dictat was yet another illustration of why we should leave the EU.
His comments came after it was revealed that from next month some of the best vacuum cleaners on the market would be banned if they have motors above 1,600 watts.  
The law is the latest in a line of EU regulations it says will save energy and tackle climate change.  
Mr Helmer, the party’s energy spokesman, said: “Frankly, this decision sucks and is typical of the barmy rules and regulations the EU bombards us with.  
“This constant interference and meddling is beyond parody – we just want to get on with our lives without being strangled by red tape.”
Mr Helmer added that houseproud Brits would now have to tackle the housework without the aid of the best vacuum cleaners – he said: “A backward step surely? But the EU is obsessed with these relentless policies in the name of the Climate Change Act.”

Six different bins – more EU madness

The latest set of EU rules which could mean we have to separate our rubbish into SIX different bins is ludicrous but sadly does not really surprise us.

It’s indicative of the meddling bureaucracy we have come to expect from the EU and its officials.

We know recycling is important and opinion polls tell us the British public realise its importance in many cases but it is farcical that we could end up with six bins.

Where do people house all these bins? Will it mean collections are farther apart from each other as bin collectors will struggle to collect six bins weekly, or even fortnightly?

The whole proposal shows how disconnected these bureaucrats are from everyday working families in this country.

EU ENERGY POLICY HELPS PUT 1.5 MILLION UK JOBS AT RISK AND HAS COST THE ECONOMY UP TO £93.2BN:

New research from Business for Britain reveals that EU energy regulations have cost the UK economy between £86.6 billion and £93.2 billion (net) so far, putting 1.5 million jobs are at risk thanks to high energy prices.

Responding to the research UKIP spokesman on energy and industry Roger Helmer said: “The current UK/EU policy damages our economy, drives investors abroad and undermines our competitiveness – it also fails to have any significant beneficial effect on our environment.

“UKIP’s policies on energy are clear and certainly more realistic than what passes for policy in Brussels and Westminster. We would deliver secure and affordable energy which we need both for domestic consumers and our economy in general. The current policies are broken and are not good for Britain.”

Mr Helmer said UKIP would cancel all renewable subsidies and feed-in tariffs, stop wind farm developments, tell Brussels we are keeping our coal-fired power stations and urgently assess shale gas potential.

More EU nonsense:

Gardeners who use sit-on lawnmowers could soon be hit with £100 insurance costs.

Under new regulations being looked at by the EU, they may be forced to pay motor insurance costs even if the mower never leaves their garden.

The rules are being considered after a Slovenian man was hurt after a ladder he was standing on was hit by a tractor.

UKIP’s East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer sighed: “Why am I not surprised?

 

“It is is ‘silly season’ but to be frank it’s silly season all year round as far as the EU goes. This is another unnecessary, meddling law which is being considered.

“Not only that it would put a further squeeze on the pocket – why can’t we be left to lead our lives in peace?”

The European Court of Justice is set to rule on the Slovenian case within the next month.

Battling against windfarms:

An MEP for the region has thrown his weight behind the battle to stop a huge windfarm development in Lincolnshire.

Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands and the party’s Energy Spokesman, said the protesters fighting plans for 23 wind turbines – 150-metres high – at Nocton Fen have his full backing.

A public meeting has already been held as residents mobilise forces to fight the plans.

Mr Helmer said: “Every so often, people write to me asking how they can best campaign against these proposals – sadly, the rules of planning applications allow objections only on local issues.

“This can include housing blight and the impact on property values, as well health issue;  impact – often quite literally – on birds and bats, rare birds and raptors, and migratory birds.

“There is also visual intrusion and the consequent knock-on effects on tourism.”

Mr Helmer said he was happy to help local residents fight against wind turbine plans, calling them intrusive and a waste of money. He said:“Costs are much higher than the industry admits, while the expected reductions in emissions are not delivered. 

Parents back UKIP: 

I read with interest the letter by Anne Johns of Littleover, (July 3 edition), regarding grammar schools and UKIP’s ‘retrogressive’ stance.

This is simply not true. Yes, we support grammar schools –  that’s because we believe those from the poorest backgrounds can get on and reach their full potential and we will continue to campaign on this very important issue. Parents who want a real change in our education system to give a fairer deal to all, support us on this.

Social mobility has been eroded with the destruction of the grammar school system, while at the same time our country has become dominated by the privileged few who can afford to send their children to public schools.

How sad that successive ministers in successive governments have decried the grammar school – destroying that which gave them their start in life and denying that chance to others.

MEP backs VC honour idea:

Rushden UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said he was firmly behind the idea of naming a new school to be named after a VC hero from the First World War.

Calls have been made for the school being built in Rushden, to be named after Lt Col Bernard Vann VC.

Mr Helmer said: “This is a superb idea and especially appropriate as we remember the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It has my full support”. 

Cuts, cuts and more cuts:

We were most concerned to read in your paper, (The Derby Telegraph), last week of funding cuts to a homeless support group.

The cuts themselves are of great cause for concern but to hear how the county council has broken promises rubs salt into the wounds.

The Labour-led authority has blamed the Government for cuts to its funding – typical. The tired old parties pointing the finger while people in the real world suffer.

This group – SAFE – is set to lose 85 per cent of its funding.

Could the council explain who would support the vulnerable young people this group currently helps?

Cuts, cuts and more cuts – we have no doubt fat can be trimmed from the local authority expenditure to make it more lean but isn’t this an example of the heartless nature of a Labour-run council, hitting the very vulnerable parts of society they profess to protect?

Not right, not left, just commonsense:

I refer to the article of July 3, (http://www.sciencebusiness.net/news/76621/incoming-european-parliament-appoints-its-new-research-committee.)

I see you refer to UKIP as “far-right parliamentarians”. This is not only pejorative and misleading, but also just plain wrong. UKIP attracts former Labour voters very nearly as much as former Conservative voters. There is no UKIP policy area that could remotely be described as “far right”. We see ourselves as not right, not left, just common sense.

You go on to say that I am likely to clash with the new Committee Chairman, Jerzey Buzek, former Prime Minister of Poland. In fact I regard Mr Buzek as a friend and colleague. We have co-operated for years both on the ITRE parliamentary committee and in The European Energy Forum. He is a man with very rational views on energy issues.

UKIP fox up and running:

I was most interested to read the thoughts of Alistair Jones, principal lecturer in politics at De Montfort University, (The Leicester Mercury, July 18).

What really made me sit up and take notice was Mr Jones’ bold statement about UKIP’s support and its “collapse.” Quite where Mr Jones was coming from is beyond me? What does he base this assertion on?

Indeed, in the latest Ashcroft National Poll  UKIP is up three per centage to 17 per cent – hardly a collapse Mr Jones?

This would suggest to me the UKIP fox will be well and truly in the Westminster hen house next May.

Devastation of the smoking ban:

So, this week we ‘celebrate’ the seven year anniversary of the smoking ban in England.

A ban, which has been a big contributory factor to the demise of the pub trade and of course, a ban which strengthened the nanny state and placed further limitations on personal freedoms.

The British pub is famous worldwide and the destruction caused by the smoking ban has been devastating with figures showing more than 20 pubs a week closing  – resulting in lost trade, lost jobs and as importantly, breakdowns in communities.

Our pubs are focal points of the community, where for decades people have stopped off and chatted. Much like the village post office, they now seem to be vanishing into the pages of history.

The ‘Great British Pub’ needs protecting like never before. We need to amend the smoking ban in pubs to allow landlords and managers to provide contained and ventilated smoking rooms.

We also need to look at pricing structures to allow pubs to compete with supermarkets and we, in UKIP, are calling for a fairer balance all round.

Of course, at the moment e-cigarettes are growing in popularity – how long before the Government bans them in our pubs and clubs too?

UKIP MEPs help out at fun day:

Volunteers pulled out all the stops to prepare the grounds for this year’s annual Alvaston Park Fun Day.

UKIP organised the litter pick and tidy-up to make sure this year’s venue is well-prepared for sun seekers looking for a family day out.
Derby City councillor Alan Graves, who represents Alvaston, will hold a surgery at the event on Sunday, from 12.30pm. Visitors will also get the chance to meet UKIP MEPs Roger Helmer and Margot Parker.

One of the volunteers, Arron Marsden, said: “This year, the fun day will be the biggest ever and we wanted to make sure the park was as tidy as we can make it for the enjoyment of everyone who visits.

Key roles for UKIP MEPs:

Newly-elected East Midlands UKIP MEPs Roger Helmer and Margot Parker have been given key roles in the European Parliament.

Mr Helmer, an MEP since 1999, is the UKIP spokesman on industry and energy and has recently been elected leader of the party’s MEP delegation.

He said: “I have argued that current EU/UK energy policy is driving up costs, undermining competitiveness, and forcing industry, investment and jobs out of the UK altogether. It’s also driving householders and pensioners into fuel poverty.”

Meanwhile, Margot Parker, who was elected alongside Mr Helmer in May, sits on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, (IMCO), and also the committee for Gender Equality and Womens’ Rights, (FEMM).

She has also been appointed spokesman for small businesses. She said: “Coming from a small business trade association background I understand only too well the need to lessen red tape, cutting non essential regulations.

“Too much form filling diverts efforts to run the businesses for the good of the owners and staff. For more than 30 years governments have said they would reduce the burdens of red tape but of course we must understand how much worse this has been generated by Brussels.”

Both will speak at the UKIP conference in Doncaster on Friday, September 26.

Shackled by the ‘EU supersate’

So Kenneth Clarke is to become a ‘veteran’ backbencher and continue to campaign for Britain to remain in the EU.

According to Mr Clarke the case for staying in the EU is ‘stronger’ than ever – trying telling that to the people of Greece maybe? Or indeed, many other European countries, which have been shackled and constrained in this ‘EU superstate’, our unelected overlord seems keen to build.

Of course, according to Mr Clarke, I belong to a party which is a “collection of clowns”, (a troup I think, is the correct term), so he will no doubt dismiss my concerns over the EU and my fight to divorce ourselves from it, as irrelevant.

A shame really Mr Clarke – bearing in mind the earthquake UKIP caused at the last Euro election, our rapidly growing membership, the increasing number of UKIP councillors, and of course, the numbers of people in his own party who agree with my views on the EU and not his.

So much for democracy:

I was astonished to read in your newspaper, (The Lincolnshire Echo), the abrupt and over the top response an elected councillor received when appealing for a freeze on council tax.

Victoria Ayling, who represents East Lindsey, surely deserved a better response when she – quite legitimately – asked the council if it would freeze the council tax for 2015/16.

This is, after all, a council, which underspent in 2013/14! But rather then receive a considered response she was told the committee would not ‘put up with any shenanigans’ and was eventually invited to leave the meeting.

So much for democracy. One must wonder what the good people of East Lindsey think of all this. The whole episode reminds me of the fudging and evasiveness of the wretched EU.

MEP hits out at police funding cuts:

UKIP MEP for Leicestershire Roger Helmer said he was concerned at the news of another round of cuts to the county constabulary.

He said: “The Police Federation fears up to 300 jobs could go – this has to have an impact on frontline policing and is most concerning.

“The Government can’t keep cutting back funding to our vital services – there is a difference between lean and being  starved to the bone and I hope the public has its say during the consultation process over the next week or so.

“As a UKIP MEP, I find such cuts particularly galling, knowing we send £55m to the EU every single day, to be part of its wretched organisation.”

Proud UKIP councillors asking pressing questions:

So, UKIP councillor David Sprason doesn’t ‘beggar answering’ because he dared to question Leicester City Council for spending £250,000 on art for the Cathedral Gardens, (July 4).

Well, I think he does deserve an answer – as, I’m sure, do Leicester council tax payers. In this age of ‘austerity’ it is only right and proper councillors ask questions about the use of what is, after all, our money.

I am sure the Towards Stillness sculpture will bring joy to visitors to the gardens but Councillor Sprason’s question was not about aesthetics, nor about being proud or otherwise of the heritage of Leicester. It was purely asking about money and priorities.

Councillors are elected to ask questions – no matter how awkward – and I’m proud that UKIP councillors are doing just that.