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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?

Jobs boost in Bolton

Dear Editor, 

Forgive me if I am mistaken, but were we not told that a vote to leave the European Union would be so devastating to our economy that industry would pack up and leave, resulting in many people finding themselves out of work?lidl

Why is it then that Lidl have announced last week that they are looking to invest in a new regional distribution facility in Bolton at a cost of £22.5 million and create 500 new jobs in the process? 

I will tell you the reason. Because these so-called forecasts by the Bank of England and the ‘Remain’ camp turned out to be based on nothing more than pie-in-the-sky speculation.

Successful companies such as Lidl and its like-for-like rival Aldi know which way the wind is blowing. They see continued sky high youth unemployment in the ailing Eurozone whereas recent data shows our economy growing faster than any other G7 nation. Both companies, plus many more have pledged to invest heavily in the UK in the coming years, creating thousands of jobs in the process.

A convincing 58% of Bolton voters backed Brexit therefore I am glad that their courage seems to already be paying dividends.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

Town twinning welcomed

Dear Editor,

I would like to congratulate Ellesmere Port and the German city of Reutlingen on celebrating 50 years of twinning. elle

English towns and cities have twinned with those in Europe for over a hundred years and the Ellesmere Port – Reutlingen friendship pre-dated the UK joining the European Economic Community. Twinning is now becoming common with cities in China and America.

I would therefore like to assure everybody that there is no reason why this twinning would not continue long after we leave the European Union.

Last month, the nation voted by a clear majority to leave the European Union and I now hope that the process of formally applying to leave, so called Article 50, is carried out as soon as possible.

But let us be clear, we are leaving a political union. We are not leaving Europe. We are not moving our isles into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. An independent Great Britain will still be very much European in a geographical, economical and cultural sense and we will always be good neighbours to our friends across on the continent.

Therefore I see no reason why twinning of Ellesmere Port and Reutlingen cannot go on for another 50 years to come.

Yours faithfully

Louise Bours MEP

Accept the will of the people


Dear Editor,

Warrington and Halton Green Party leader Steph Davies has shown her utter contempt for democracy with her apparent labelling of Brexiters as a ‘Tory-UKIP Alliance”.

Whilst ‘Remain’ campaigners are obviously disappointed in the result, most are taking it on the chin and yielding to the democratic process, forgoing the need to insult those who happen to have voted differently.

I must remind Steph Davies that across Warrington, voters backed ‘Leave’ by 54.3% to 45.7%. This is a decisive result that must be respected. Also, I can assure the Green Party in Warrington that many people on both the left as well as the right of politics voted ‘Leave’.

As UKIP’s health spokesman at the last General Election, I can say with gladness that now we have voted to leave, our treasured NHS will now be safe from the clutches of the EU/US TTIP agreement that would have seen American drug and insurance companies elbow their way into our healthcare. I would have thought that the local Green Party would at least join me in celebrating on this issue.

Yours faithfully 

Louise Bours MEP

Tampon Tax issue still unresolved

European Parliament vote against reduced Tampon Tax

Published May 26, 2016

The EU parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons as part of a vote on the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality report, “Poverty: a gender perspective”.

Louise Bours MEP

There was a separate vote on paragraph 39 of the report which said: “39. Stresses that taxation policies have a gender dimension; calls, therefore, on the Commission to promote best practice on taxation policies that takes gender impact into account and furthers gender equality, particularly in terms of taxation of household income, which in some cases can subject lower earners to higher rates of taxation, including VAT, also by introducing a reduced VAT rate for goods that are essential for women, such as tampons;”

This was rejected by a show of hands, as can be seen at 11:15 in this video.

UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels: “The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year. And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable. If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.”

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.


Pro EU BBC bias?

UKIP blasts BBC bias for airing EU-funded documentary on Obama weeks before pro-EU intervention.



“The BBC has shown outlandish pro-EU bias by accepting to air a sycophantic documentary of President Obama grant-aided €300,000 by the European Commission, weeks before he visits London to spread a Remain message” says UKIP MEP Louise Bours. The last part of the 4 piece documentary is broadcast Tuesday 5th April.

“By choosing to air such a ridiculously sycophantic and EU-funded documentary on President Obama, the BBC has shown its clear bias again on EU matters.”bbceu

MEP Bours, a member of the Culture Committee in the European Parliament said from Brussels today:

“Coming hot on the heels of EU funded BBC mockumentary ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, it is clear the BBC has no shame, but at least this time, they displayed the EU logo in the credits.

Speaking personally I find that many fine BBC journalists work in an honest and balanced fashion. I regret to note that the BBC Bureau in Brussels however rarely asks UKIP MEPs for comment while Pro-EU pundits get frequently interviewed.”

“And Obama is so fond of the EU’s political union I wonder what the chances of him agreeing to let a Supreme Court Mexico has final say over US laws, and the American people agreeing a free movement deal with Mexico, and them having a common army with Colombia. That is what an EU equivalent in the Americas would be.”

Continue reading Pro EU BBC bias?