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Europhile lies over food prices


Propaganda about food prices going up if Britain chose to leave the European Union has moved beyond scaremongering to “utter lies”, says Ukip MEP Louise Bours.

Campaigners hoping to convince British voters to stay in the EU have sent out leaflets across the country warning that the nation’s annual grocery bill would rise by £11 billion if we left.

“This is absolute rubbish,” said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West region and Ukip health spokesman.

“The truth is that the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy – which is designed to prop up inefficient farmers on the continent – is the very reason why bills remain high in the UK.

“Research from both the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Business for Britain group have proved that to be the case.

“In the UK, entirely because of EU policies, beef costs 35% more, turkey 22%, lamb 11%, wheat 15%, chicken 22%, and potatoes 10% – each one of those costs hitting every single family in Britain.

“Worse still, these costs hit the poorest the hardest as households with less income spend a higher proportion of their earnings on filling the shopping trolley.

“A combination of quotas, taxes and subsidies all push up the price we pay for food. For instance, New Zealand lamb costs 18% more in the UK than it does in the USA, all because of EU policies.

EU pushes up shopping prices

“Over the last 10 years a typical low income family in the UK has spent 2% of their annual expenditure supporting the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy to support farmers in France, Spain, Portugal and elsewhere.

“On average a family in the UK would save £45 a month on their food bill if not for the wasteful EU policies that affect our food prices.

“To pretend the opposite isn’t just desperate by the pro-EU campaigners, it’s now moved way beyond scaremongering. They are utter lies.

“I find it disgraceful that ‘stay’ opportunists would try to scare low income families into remaining in the EU, where their food bills would be kept artificially and damagingly high.”


Low Pay and the Cost of Living – Ryan Bourne, IEA

Food Prices, Poverty and the Cap – Alan Matthews

Change or Go – Business for Britain


Louise Bours MEP
Louise Bours MEP

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Labour’s ludicrous comments slammed

Labour MP Jess Phillips’ insistence that sex assaults by migrants on women in Cologne are the same as an average weekend night in Birmingham have been strongly criticised Ukip MEP Louise Bours.

Jess Phillips MP

Ms Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, has faced calls to resign since she made the inflammatory remarks on BBC1’s political debate show Question Time on Thursday evening.
Residents and business owners have already described her comments were “irresponsible, highly inaccurate and misleading”.
Ms Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley, told the Question Time audience that the attacks in Germany were no different to the situation women find themselves in the centre of Birmingham.
The Labour MP said: “There is violence against women and girls that you are describing, a very similar situation to what happened in Cologne could be described on Broad Street in Birmingham every week where women are baited and heckled.
“We have to attack what we perceive as being patriarchal culture coming into any culture that isn’t patriarchal and making sure we tell people not to be like that.”
On New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, dozens of women found themselves trapped in a crowd of around 1,000 men, who groped them, tore off their underwear, and shouted insults.
German authorities have since said that almost all of the New Year’s Eve sex attackers have a “migrant background”. Two victims claim to have been raped.
In response to Ms Phillips, West Midlands police said the Cologne attacks were “a million miles” away from a night out in Birmingham’s Broad Street.
Superintendent Andy Parsons, Police Commander for Central Birmingham, said that Ms Phillips’ comments “aren’t born out certainly in terms of crime statistics”.
He said: “I’ve got recent experience myself policing New Year on Broad Street, it was extremely busy and the atmosphere was one of celebration rather than one of sexual overtones.
“In a night time economy …there will be activity that is alcohol fuelled – but is it fair to compare it to incidents in Cologne on New Year? I don’t think it is.”
Ms Bours, MEP for the North West and Ukip health spokesman, said: “I was genuinely astonished to hear Jess Phillips make such a ludicrous comparison.
“While no one would pretend that we don’t have incidents of sexually aggressive behaviour towards women in the UK, to compare the two is simply ridiculous.

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Oven glove madness from EU

New laws from Brussels designed to stop us getting our fingers burnt are far too late – that happened when we joined the European Union, says UKIP MEP Louise Bours.

Her comments come in the wake of approval yesterday in Strasbourg of the Personal Protection Equipment Directive, which means oven gloves marketed as “protective” will have to withstand heat of up to 200 degrees Celsius.

Rubber washing-up gloves will also have to be tested to ensure they can withstand kitchen detergents and cleaning products.


Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “We have actually had more than our fingers burnt after being misled into joining the Common Market, we have watched our sovereignty going up in flames.

“Here we have another unnecessary interference in our lives from bored bureaucrats whose role seems to be dreaming up more and more ways to meddle in our lives.  Continue reading Oven glove madness from EU

EUseless: A view from the mad house


Examples of “hot air” politics and useless committees in the European Parliament have been laid bare in a new booklet by Louise Bours MEP.

As polls show a majority of British people wantEUSeless to leave the European Union, Ms Bours, who represents the North West region, has now made her EUseless: A view from the mad house publication available as a free download.

In it, the Ukip health spokesman highlights the activities of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).

Ms Bours, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy in the European Parliament, said: “All politicians are accused of spouting hot air, but in the parliament in Brussels it’s like a furnace.

“While not every conversation that takes place there is entirely without merit, very often it invokes Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

“Too often the parliamentary committees find themselves bogged down in needless debate about issues the EU has no control over, need not have control over, and more importantly should never have control over.

“My booklet looks at just a few examples of this time-wasting and empty rhetoric, and I’m making it available for free download so as many people as possible can read it.”

 EUseless: A view from the mad house can be downloaded by clicking HERE 



EU aiding human traffickers

EU free movement rules enabling human trafficking – Louise Bours MEP

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 10 September 2015

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

• Debate: The gender dimension of trafficking in human beings
– Oral question – [2015/2744(RSP)]
Iratxe García Pérez, Catherine Bearder (O-000079/2015 – B8-0568/2015)
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality


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EU enabling trafficking of girls

EU enabling trafficking of girls through open borders – Louise Bours MEP


• European Parliament, Brussels, 27 May 2015

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

• Debate: Ending the practice of early, forced marriage of girls
– Oral question [2015/2654(RSP)] – Iratxe García Pérez, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (O-000048/2015 – B8-0552/2015)
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Transcript: “Thank you. The issue of forced marriage does not just affect children living on the African and Asian continents, it is happening across Europe, and the silence surrounding it has many parallels with the exploitation and trafficking of young girls, across many towns in Northern England.

UK law imposes a maximum sentence of 7 years on the perpetrators of this crime – and it is simply not a strong enough deterrent. Girls are afraid to speak out, others dismiss it as a cultural practice, and our social services in England, the police, the politicians dare not speak up for fear of being labelled racist.

With our open borders, human traffickers have free reign to exploit children – in 2013, over 600 children were trafficked into Britain for exploitation and forced marriage. This modern day form of slavery is on the rise – and the EU have given the perpetrators a helping hand – by not allowing member states to control their own borders and check criminal backgrounds, the EU is enabling this crime to escalate – the UK can at least check an individual’s passport – mainland Europe is prevented from even doing that.

Criminal trafficking gangs operate with impunity due to EU free movement rules – so whilst members are very good at voicing their outrage at these crimes, they are fundamentally unable to implement anything practical to stop it.”

Committee on Fisheries 2/2

Vast French and Spanish fleets hoovering the seas at taxpayers expense

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 27 April 2015

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

bours-27-04-2015-lo-275• Debate: Landing obligation
– Report: Alain Cadec (A8-0060/2014)
Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulations (EC) No 850/98, (EC) No 2187/2005, (EC) No 1967/2006, (EC) No 1098/2007, No 254/2002, (EC) No 2347/2002 and (EC) No 1224/2009 and repealing (EC) No 1434/98 as regards the landing obligation
[COM(2013)0889 – C7-0465/2013 – 2013/0436(COD)]
Committee on Fisheries

Speech on positive discrimination

‘Positive discrimination’ is demeaning to women – UKIP MEP Louise Bours

• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 9 March 2015

• Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours bours-09-03-2015-275

• Debate: Progress on equality between women and men in the EU in 2013
– Report: Marc Tarabella (A8-0015/2015)
Report on progress on equality between women and men in the European Union in 2013
Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)