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Do your bit for Fairtrade

‘DO YOUR BIT’ FOR FAIRTRADE

People in the North West are being encouraged by local MEP Louise Bours to “do their bit” during Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins today. ( Mon)

“These days we are all used to buying products which have been shipped here from all over the world.

“But how often do we pause to think about the farmers who grow these items, such as coffee, chocolate, bananas, tea and sugar?” queried Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP.

“The reality is that millions of farmers who grow food in developing countries are barely making a living. Fairtrade Fortnight is a timely reminder of this and the need for us to do our bit to help.   Continue reading Do your bit for Fairtrade

Salad crisis?

Dear Editor, 

Oh no, I can only buy three Iceberg lettuces at a time! How ever will I cope?

And broccoli rationed too, also thanks to bad weather in Southern Europe. I’m sure there are children all over the country in floods of tears at the veggie news.

What occurs to me, as it often does, is that we should go back to eating food in season. How I remember looking forward to June and the first English strawberries and later on lovely sweet home grown tomatoes.  Continue reading Salad crisis?

Local police praised

Dear Editor, 

The police come in for a lot of criticism these days and sometimes it may be justified.

But little gestures like the officers who came to the aid of the stranded newlyweds in Burnley helps restore faith in our police force.

For those who missed the story, the bridal car taking Emma and Georgia Garnett to their wedding reception was involved in a crash, and the police called to the scene volunteered to take them.

All our emergency services personnel are over-stretched and under-funded and it is increasingly difficult for them to meet the demands made of them. But thoughtful and kind gestures remind us that they are all human and doing their best and we should not forget that.

Yours faithfully

Louise Bours MEP

New E-mail scam

PRESS RELEASE

TAXPAYERS WARNED BY MEP ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT SCAM

Taxpayers have been warned by local MEP Louise Bours not to be tricked by bogus emails purporting to be from HMRC.

“Although the Inland Revenue has introduced controls to stop such phishing emails reaching their customers it has not completely eradicated the problem,” said Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP.

“While many people these days are on their guard against identity theft some people could be fooled into thinking they have received a genuine HMRC message and unwittingly hand over all their private information. 

“Only today I was contacted by one of my constituents who had just received such a  bogus email saying that they were due a tax refund and to click on a form that then asked for absolutely all the information a fraudster would need to hack their accounts and set up new ones,” said Ms Bours.

“They wisely ignored it and forwarded it to the HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, and I would advise anyone else who receives a suspect email like that to do the same.

“I hate to think of people being taken in by such scams, particularly the more vulnerable in society, and I hope that those unscrupulous people behind them are traced and prosecuted, though as I suspect they are often based abroad, this can be difficult,” said Ms Bours.

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Asylum seeker employment debate

Letter to Oldham Chronicle

Dear Editor,

Marzia Babakarkhail, the former Judge who escaped Afghanistan after the Taliban tried to kill her makes a very compelling case for allowing asylum seekers the right to work, however I do not believe it would work in practice.

In her own individual circumstances, there was a clear and present threat to her life and therefore I have no reason whatsoever to doubt the authenticity of her asylum claim.

Sadly, as the ongoing crisis in Syria has showed us, the very question of who is a genuine asylum seeker is very much open for debate. Thousands of mostly young men have travelled across the length of continental Europe under the guise of seeking asylum from war torn Syria when many in fact have come from Africa and other parts of Asia in order to permanently migrate and seek a more comfortable life.

If we were to allow all asylum seekers to work in the UK, it would just encourage non-genuine ‘refugees’ to become more determined to come here as economic migrants. As a result, genuine refugees would find that it would take longer for their case to be heard.

Yours faithfully 

Louise Bours MEP

Wigan shamed Doctor row

To Wigan Post

Dear Editor,

Our NHS is in the grips of its worst crisis in years with patients being urged to stay away from A&E, yet disgraced heart specialist Doctor Gohar Rahman is still on the payroll despite serving a 12 month ban for assaulting his teenage daughter. 

Whilst his generous salary is still being paid in full, the trust will no doubt be struggling to fund a replacement, meaning our hospital will be under even more pressure and patient care will consequently suffer as a result.

 

Doctors such as Gohar Rahman, who are unfit to practice and essentially struck off should have their pay suspended until they are cleared and ready to return to work so replacement staff can be hired to take their place.

Yours faithfully 

Louise Bours, MEP 

EU funding is misleading

Dear Editor,

I am glad that rural projects in the county have benefited from receiving over £270,000 through the Cheshire LEADER programme, creating dozens of jobs in the process.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start patting the EU on the back for this success. Between 2007 and 2013, Cheshire received in the region of £150 million through EU structural and development funding. However in that same period, Cheshire had paid in £535 million, meaning that we were paying a whopping £3.58 for every pound we received.  Continue reading EU funding is misleading

Education needed, not bans

Dear Editor,

If killjoy former public health director Professor John Ashton had his way, not only would he ban the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck from Carlisle but I suspect he would ban the entire holiday season too.

Every Christmas, many of us overindulge on the mince pies, chocolates and an assortment of festive alcoholic beverages. Should we therefore ban Christmas as it encourages us to over-eat each year? Of course not. 

We all know that sugary, fizzy drinks are not the cornerstone of a healthy, nutritious diet but banning products we don’t like will only drive children into wanting them even more. What we need is to better educate children and parents on healthy alternatives to drinks such as Coca-Cola.  Continue reading Education needed, not bans

New Waste row

Dear Editor,

St Helens Council have some serious questions to answer after if was revealed that household recycling had been dumped into general waste following an unacceptable backlog resulting in some residents not having a collection since before Christmas. 

The council website is very clear that £100 fixed penalty notices are in place if waste is ‘deposited or fly tipped without due care’. Perhaps affected residents should have the right to fine the council the same amount per household for failing to provide a service that was promised to them.  Continue reading New Waste row