EU vacuum ban ‘sucks’, says UKIP MEP

vacuumHouseholders planning to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner have been advised by local MEP Louise Bours to act quickly before an EU ban comes into force.

From September 1 companies will be prohibited from manufacturing or importing any vacuum cleaners with motors above 1,600 watts.

“This is being done in the name of tackling climate change but the reality is it will do nothing to help and just make life harder for house-proud householders,” said Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP.

“The reality is this EU legislation just sucks and is another reminder of why we need to leave the European Union.

“The average vacuum cleaner currently on the market in this country has a 1,800W motor but the ever-interfering EU bureaucrats want to limit them to 1,600 from next month. And from 2017 they will be limited even further, down to 900W. 

“The consumer group, Which? has pointed out that many of the models that its reviewers rate as the best on the market will fall foul of these rules. 

“How dare the European Commission dictate which machines we can or can’t use. In every walk of life our choices are increasingly limited by these faceless bureaucrats.

“As UKIP’s health spokesman I am also concerned that this reduction in motor power may affect the those suffering from lung conditions, such as asthma, which can be exacerbated by dust mite allergy.

“UKIP’s policies include scrapping the 2008 Climate Change Act which is responsible for other ridiculous restrictions on our day to day life and has led to a rise in energy costs.”

UKIP MEP opposes Hospital parking charges


UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours said: “Hospital parking charges hit people when they are typically at their most stressed and anxious.

“They hit patients themselves when they go to outpatient appointments. They also hit people who are visiting family members, neighbours and friends in hospital.

“It is not just a matter of the financial cost to people – though that can build up for the most dutiful and frequent visitors. It is also a matter of having to make sure you have the right change and the worry that something will cause your visit to over-run and you could get a ticket or even have your car towed away.

“Going to hospital as a patient or visitor is a stressful enough thing at the best of times. But when car parks are run as revenue maximising assets rather than as a facility for people it adds significantly to the stress.

“I am delighted that the Daily Express has launched a crusade on this issue. It is one that is often raised with me by people talking about their experiences of the NHS.”

UKIP would meet the estimated £100 million a year cost of scrapping the charges through a clampdown on health tourism that will force foreign nationals to pay for health insurance before entering the country.

The party estimates it can save at least £1billion by protecting NHS resources from foreign nationals who have not paid into the pot.

More information about the Daily Express’ crusade to help the sick, the elderly and hard-pressed families across the country by calling for an end to the disgraceful and unfair practice of sky-high parking charges in hospital car parks can be found .


Debate needed on capital punishment?

Dear Editor,

The tragic case of Janine Waterworth, a young woman of only 21 years old, brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend Paul O’Hara in 1998 is a prime example of why we must have a honest and open debate on capital punishment for our worst offenders.

Released on licence in 2012, O’Hara only served a fourteen year sentence and went on to kill his girlfriend Cherylee Shennan earlier this year in a vicious knife attack as police officers were trying to protect her.

When capital punishment was abolished in 1969, Roy Jenkins had promised that life would mean life and that murderers would spend the rest of their days behind bars. If a whole life term was applied to Paul O’Hara in 1998, he would not have been able to kill again.

Sadly, very few murderers are getting whole life tariffs and many like Paul O’Hara leave prison only to kill again. I am of the personal opinion that a re-introduction of capital punishment for the most serious of offenders is the right thing to do even if it only means more whole life sentences for murderers are imposed.

Yours faithfully 

Louise Bours MEP

New Cancer drug refused?


New Cancer drug refused while money still spent on gastric bands and breast enhancements.

Women suffering from terminal forms of breast cancer are being let down by the coalition, according to one of the regions newest Euro-MP.

The allegation, from UKIP’s Louise Bours MEP, comes following the recent rejection of a pioneering new breast cancer treatment – Kadcyla – which adds six months of life on average to women dying of the disease, by the NHS’s advisory body, NICE.

NICE have refused to issue the drug to the public on the grounds that the producers, Roache, did not set an affordable price –the drug costs £90,000 per patient.

This is despite plans at the start of the coalition which would have seen NICE stripped of its powers to reject new medicines for use in the NHS.

As UKIP’s health spokesman, Ms Bours said: “Countries from right across Europe are being offered Kadcyla at a similar cost to the UK and believe it is good value for money.  

“Whilst we need to ensure we are getting the best value for taxpayers, one has to question why NICE have rejected 61% of all possible treatments offered since 2012, letting patients down right across the country. This is yet another example of the coalition putting cost before care.”

Dr Richard Barker, former director general of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, has previously voiced his support of NICE being stripped of its ability to accept or reject a drug for the NHS.

Ms Bours added: “The coalition said they would stop NICE withholding drugs, but they haven’t. Yet at the same time they are content to spend over £90million a year on operations for gastric bands and breast enhancements.

“That £90million is enough to give more than 1000 women the new cancer drug.

“I want to know who from the coalition is going to tell the families of those 1000+ women that their wife or mother is going to die 6 months earlier than needs be, because they have failed to tackle NICE and the money has been spent on breast enhancements and gastric bands instead.”


‘Be a friend’ campaign welcomed

Local MEP Louise Bours has welcomed a campaign launched by the Friends of the Elderly, to encourage people to initiate “everyday interactions” with older neighbours and family members to help combat loneliness.

“This initiative – Be A Friend – is aimed at helping reduce the projected increase in the number of older people feeling lonely and I whole-heartedly support this move.

“Research by the charity shows that the number of older people feeling lonely will rise by 40% by 2030 and it anticipates that around seven million over 60s would be reporting loneliness in 2030, compared to 5.25 million today.

“It has also found that eight in ten people do not have regular contact with older people and more than half feel they do not know their neighbours well enough to have a conversation with them,” said Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP.

“These are alarming statistics and we all need to do what we can to help combat this problem. The days when everyone knew their neighbours have sadly gone but we can all try to do our bit to foster such community spirit.

“The study shows that the increasing shift by organisations including utility companies to carrying out their activities via the web will mean hundreds of thousands of pensioners being virtually cut off.

“While we are all familiar with ‘silver surfers’ the web has left many other older people out in the cold and this in itself is adding to their isolation in the community.

Many people spend increasing amounts of time on their computers, tablets, mobiles etc and have less interaction with their neighbours and local communities.

“We should all try to be a friend to those we meet, particularly the elderly,” she added.



Call to protect Whistle Blowers

NHSlogoThe government is unnecessarily risking public health by failing to protect whistle-blowers properly, according to UKIP’s new health spokesman.

A report released today, by the Public Accounts Committee says that too often those who highlight failures in the public sector, including the NHS, are treated ‘appallingly’ by their colleagues, and although there are policies in place to encourage and protect whistle-blowers, they bear no relation to what is actually happening in the workplace.

The committee heard from Kay Sheldon, a member of the board of the Care Quality Commission, who said had been “victimised” by senior officials after she tried to raise concerns about the way it had been operating.

The report said no-one had faced any form of sanction over her treatment.

Health spokesman and North West Euro-MP, Louise Bours said: “Whistle-blowing in the NHS can be a matter of life or death.

“The Accounts Committee report highlights the difference whistle-blowers have made over scandals such as Hillsborough and the Mid Staffordshire Hospital.

“But it shows that the government is still failing to protect those who try to let the public know what is really going on.

“Whistle-blowers should be treated like the heroes they are, not the traitor their incompetent bosses try to paint them as.

“Anyone committed to the public good as much as these people are deserve maximum and swift protection, and those trying to intimidate them, and hide the truth from the public should not be working in the public sector.”

The report called for whistle-blowers to be offered legal and counselling services and for “swift sanctions” to be imposed on staff who victimise them.

Ms Bours added: “The government are trying to talk tough on this issues, but their policies clearly aren’t working on the ground.

“Perhaps they don’t want too many people letting the public know how the NHS is failing because there is an approaching general election.”