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A worthy cause

A political heavyweight is risking a punch on the nose to help raise funds for youngsters suffering from the same genetic disease that sadly led to the death of a baby from Crewe.

Jonathan Arnott, a UKIP MEP, is taking part in a chess-boxing event on Sunday in London with the aim of raising money for theAlly Cadence Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Sophie Harling

He decided to promote this particular charity after hearing about the death of Sophie Harling, who sadly died last October aged just ten months. She was the daughter of a fellow MEP’s employee, Wayne Harling, who lives with his wife Lizzie in Crewe.

Jonathan is to face Lib Dem Toby ‘Slowby’ White in the contest of “brains and brawn” at London’s famous boxing venue, York Hall, on April Fools Day – but it  is no joke and he wants as many people as possible to show their support by donating to the charity.

The contest involves involves three minute rounds of chess followed by two minutes of boxing. Chess and boxing rounds alternate until there is a winner. Competitors can either knock their opponents out by checkmate on the board, or more fittingly by a knockout in the boxing ring. If neither checkmate nor knockout occurs, then the end result of the bout is determined by the judges’ scorecards.

36-year-old Jonathan has previously competed in international chess tournaments but as a novice boxer he has been practising with a sparring partner to build up his stamina and expertise. Continue reading A worthy cause

Save Crewe Town Centre

Dear Editor,

It seems to me that once again, residents and visitors to the Crewe and Nantwich areas of Cheshire East are footing the bill when it comes to council parking charges after paying a whopping £1.5 million.

Some may argue that Nantwich is a thriving market town, bustling with independent shops, nice cafes and well kept pubs; however, the same can’t be said for Crewe. The town centre of Crewe is on its knees and some parts of the high street now resemble an economic ghost town. crewewelcome

Meanwhile, more affluent towns such as Sandbach continue to enjoy free parking. Consequently, it is of no surprise that whilst Sandbach continues to thrive, Crewe is left to wither and die.  Continue reading Save Crewe Town Centre

EU toaster plans on back burner

May 11, 2016



EU plans to ban yet more high powered domestic appliances neatly demonstrates their interfering ways, said MEP Louise Bours today.


The proposals affecting items such as toasters, kettles and hair dryers have been in the pipeline for more than two years but have been kept on a back burner.

Now it has been revealed that the bureaucrats intend to go ahead with the ‘ecodesign’ restrictions –  but not until after next month’s referendum.

“They know they will cause outrage in the UK, just as the earlier bans on powerful vacuum cleaner and incandescent light bulbs did,” said Ms Bours, UKIP Euro-MP for the North West.

“They have deliberately delayed implementing the latest bans until after June 23 as they rightly suspect it will encourage yet more people to vote Leave in the referendum.

“This is all to meet their ridiculous self-imposed target of energy savings of 30 % across the EU by 2030 to tackle climate change. Which won’t work.

“We must be free to make our own decisions in this country affecting our own lives, not be dictated to from Brussels. Our politicians are quite capable to making them in our own best interest, not the one size-fits-all mentality of the EU.

“The referendum is a once-in-a-generation chance to break free and regain our freedom to make our own choices for the benefit of our businesses and individuals alike,” she said.

“These restrictions on small household appliances will be just the forerunner of a deluge of such prohibitions coming our way if we stay in this failing economic bloc,” added Ms Bours.


Recent media 05/05/2016


Below are some examples of my recent articles and quoted comments from the print and online media:

Leave the EU or lose the NHS says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours: May 03, 2016

Junior doctors should campaign against Cameron’s cuts and in favour of Brexit: Apr 26, 2016

Continue reading Recent media 05/05/2016

EU Tampon Tax slammed

Tampon tax: Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately


UKIP Press Release

• UKIP MEP Louise Bours said:


“Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement. David Cameron having to plead for change just shows how weak and dependent he is on the EU.  Let’s vote to get out in June and control our own affairs.

“Under the current EU VAT rules (VAT directive) it is impossible to reduce an item to zero rate. No matter what was agreed in principle at the EU Council- that is the current EU law. These proposed changes on VAT rules will have to be proposed by the Commission, voted on by the European Parliament and agreed on by the Council. It could potentially take years.

“If we were outside the EU we could have decided to scrap the tampon tax years ago, instead we will now have to wait for the EU bureaucracy and legislative process to take its course, which could take years. It is completely outrageous the undemocratic EU gets to decide and set our tax rates in such a way.”

Some Basic Info (see document from the European Parliament Research Service on the request of UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP).

Under the current EU VAT rules (VAT directive) it is impossible to reduce an item to zero rate. No matter what was agreed in principle at the EU Council by Cameron – that is the current EU law.

The Commission underlined this in an answer a question to UKIP MEP Louise Bours “Introducing zero VAT rates for sanitary items would not be in line with the VAT Directive.”

The only way round it would be to amend the VAT directive itself.

It could be done in theory in two ways:

1. Include a specific reference in the directive allowing zero rate on sanitary items or
2. Create a mechanism to allow a change in the rate of products to zero rates.

The Commission has said it will be reviewing the VAT directive sometime in 2016. It is reported the Commission could issue a proposal as soon as next week.

Even if they started the amendment immediately it could take years to get any agreement on amending the VAT rules. If the 2nd option was taken, it could mean the Commission would have to produce another proposal possibly taking further years of legislative process. Or perhaps a system of EU approval for Member States to act.

Whatever was agreed in principle by the Council there may still be problems with individual Member States, especially if takes a while to get to Council – governments may have changed by then and decide to exercise a veto. (The vote in Council should be by unanimity)


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NHS cannot survive inside EU

Do you prefer the EU or the NHS? The referendum gives us a chance to keep our national health service alive, safe from open door immigration and TTIP.


The NHS is dogged with problems caused by the EU. Open door immigration means they can’t know how many patients they are going to have this time tomorrow, let alone this time next year.