News that children may be at risk because police are failing to give parents information under Sarah’s Law has been met with dismay by North West UKIP MEP Louise Bours.
“I find the vastly differing Child Sex Offenders Disclosure responses by police forces quite alarming.
“The idea that it is down to a postcode lottery whether you can find out if your child is safe or not will obviously concern a great many families throughout the country.
“The report released today from the NSPCC includes figures showing, for example, that just three per cent of requests made to Lancashire Police led to information being given to applicants and I find that worryingly low.
“I commend the NSPCC for looking into this, although I find it a shame that they have had to make Freedom of Information requests when you would imagine this sort of data should be freely available in the first place.
“The UK has seen some pretty appalling cases involving paedophiles and mass child abuse recently, like Rochdale, Rotherham and Oxford, for example.
“There are also the issues of child exploitation, child brides, and trafficking. The police work very hard under difficult circumstances and ever increasing cuts, but some forces nevertheless really do need to step up to the plate on this.
“These are some of the most serious issues of modern life in Britain, and all agencies should be working hard and together to prevent it.”
A UN human rights panel has been criticised by North West MEP Louise Bours today.
The committee is demanding Britain bans all smacking of children and has said that the law of ‘reasonable chastisement’ should be changed.
“How dare they try to interfere in our lives in this way?” said Ms Bours.
“Parents should have the right to discipline their children for the youngsters’ own sake, including a light smack if appropriate, but obviously not beating them, which is and must remain an offence.
“But frankly it’s rather rich coming from a panel which has representatives from countries with shocking human rights issues, such as Algeria and Uganda, which still need to do more to tackle female genital mutilation in their countries.
“This panel has has also condemned plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights when in fact this would strengthen human rights and stop the appalling abuses of the current system.
“Their interference also encompasses recommending lifting the ban on prisoners being able to vote. That again is a matter for our own government and not outsiders like the UN or European Court of Human Rights. Prisoners have broken their contract with society by offending and must forfeit the right to vote,” she said.
Government’s decision to delay placing a cap on elderly care costs until 2020 is a broken promise to some of the most vulnerable people in society
The Government’s decision to delay placing a cap on elderly care costs until 2020 is a “broken promise” to some of the most vulnerable people in society, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours.
Under its original plan, from April 2016 the costs people face for care over the age of 65 was to be limited to £72,000 over the course of their lifetime. Now it has been delayed until 2020 after the Local Government Association wrote to ministers earlier this month asking for a postponement because of the “enormous pressures” they said they were facing.
Ms Bours, UKIP MEP for the North West and a member of the Europe for Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, said: “This is a kick in the teeth to thousands of elderly people.
“They are among the most vulnerable members of our society and the care cap was an eminently sensible idea, not just in a financial sense but also by way of reassuring people about their future.
“Putting it back for five years – by which time there will be another general election – is yet another broken promise from David Cameron’s government.
“And isn’t this just typical – the Tories making a big fuss of the elderly before an election and then pulling the rug from under them straight after one.
“As for the LGA, I have no doubt that its members are under pressure – but it could help itself by reducing some of the enormous salaries at the top end of the public sector payroll.”
England’s Lionesses should be congratulated for a brilliant World Cup and their promotion of women in sport, says Ukip MEP Louise Bours.
The team were knocked out in heart-breaking fashion in the early hours of Thursday after an unfortunate own goal in injury time.
It meant they lost 2-1 to holders Japan Women who now go into Sunday’s final facing the United States.
England Women now face Germany in Saturday’s third-place play off.
Louise Bours, MEP for the North West region and a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, said: “I am enormously proud of the Lionesses and I know I’m not alone.
“This was the first time England Women had reached a World Cup semi-final, which is a huge achievement.
“Of course there will be disappointment that they couldn’t make it to the final but there is no shame whatsoever in losing to Japan, the existing cup holders.
“As the tournament has gone on the interest has grown and grown and that is entirely down to the efforts of the playing squad and the coaching staff behind them.
“The manager Mark Sampson has done some brilliant work and it has been so rewarding watching the team’s commitment to each other on the pitch.
“I can’t pretend to be a huge football fan but I’ve found England’s performance in this World Cup really inspiring.
“As a mum of two daughters I can only applaud the team for making my young girls and many thousands of others like them realise that football is very much a sport for them, too.”