Mums should not be bullied by EU

Mums must be free to decide whether to return to work and not be bullied into by Brussels bureaucrats, said UKIP MEP Louise Bours today.

She was speaking out after a report compiled by the European Council called on the government to do more to get stay-at-home mothers into work.

Louise Bours MEP

Ms Bours, herself a mum of two, said: “Feminists fought long and hard for acceptance of new mums going back to work but that must be a matter of choice and not a directive from above.

“Of course many mothers have to go back for financial reasons and are very reluctant to leave their baby, often in the hands of strangers.

“It is right for some mums and wrong for others, and how dare the EU describe the fact that a large number of women who do not work full time as ‘a social challenge’.

“This is all part of of EU targets to get 75% of adults into work by 2020. The EU has an identikit ethos to make all the member states and its residents the same – but we are not the same.

“Any targets affecting the UK should be set by our own government and not interfering Brussels busybodies,” said Ms Bours, North West MEP.

She added: “Childcare costs in the UK are the most expensive in Europe and our childcare provision is also complex and fragmented. A simpler system, more responsive to families’ changing needs must be brought in. The cost of childcare must be reduced and the number of childcare places increased, while giving parents more choice.

“What is the point of having a childcare system that is so expensive it does not pay to work?”



Open-door immigration by any other name

UKIP MEP Louise Bours – European Parliament, Brussels, 15 June 2015

Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours

• Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

• Item on Agenda: 5.0 (EMPL/8/01430) Creating a competitive EU labour market for the 21st century: matching skills and qualifications with demand and job opportunities, as a way to recover from the crisis


Transcript: In several places the report refers to the ‘mobility of workers’ – can we just be honest and give it its proper name – open door immigration.

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Scrap the Tampon tax

Tampon tax is subject to EU rules and cannot be scrapped – UKIP MEP Louise Bours

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 08 June 2015

• Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours


• Debate: One-minute speeches (Rule 163)


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During the recent UK General Election, Mr Cameron said that scrapping the ‘tampon tax’ would be “quite difficult”. It is not quite difficult, it is nigh on impossible – the UK is subject to EU rules on Continue reading Scrap the Tampon tax

Gender equality debate 08/06/2015

Let us regain our freedom from these meddling EU bureaucrats – Louise Bours MEP

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 08 June 2015

• Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours
• Debate: EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015
– Report: Maria Noichl (A8-0163/2015)
Report on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality



The resolution urges the adoption of a directive for the balanced representation of men and women on boards. Now this is a piece of EU legislation that allows sanctions such as the dissolution of a company, just because it hasn’t succeeded in reaching the arbitrary target imposed by the European Union.  Continue reading Gender equality debate 08/06/2015

Louise on TTIP

UKIP will be the only major British party in the European Parliament voting against the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) next week.

Louise Bours MEP
Louise Bours MEP

Of particular concern within the proposal is the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which would see secret courts operating where companies could effectively dictate policy to elected governments.

ISDS could allow large corporations to sue governments in these private courts over any government action that limits their future profits.

This sets up a potential liability for the British taxpayer which UKIP regards as unacceptable, says the party’s health spokeswoman Louise Bours.

Ms Bours said the proposals threaten the very fabric of the National Health Service.

At the EU’s International Trade Committee meeting on May 7, the big political groups to which Labour, Lib Dem and Tory MEPs belong rejected a UKIP amendment to ensure the NHS was ring-fenced in any negotiations with the United States of America.

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, explained: “UKIP firmly believes that NHS care should be free at the point of access, and TTIP threatens that.

“We are the only major party opposed to TTIP, which could allow American corporate companies to win contracts in the NHS and potentially sue the government if changes of policy cut their profits.

“TTIP is being negotiated by the unelected European Union Trade Commissioner behind closed doors – a situation that is actually supported by both Labour and the Tories.

“UKIP is in favour of free trade, but TTIP is a corporatist stitch-up and it should be for the British people to decide their stance on this vital issue.

“It is almost inevitable that such ill thought-out rules will be created when the people negotiating them are not accountable to the voters.”

The full European Parliament will vote on TTIP when it meets next week in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday, June 10.