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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

Leave the EU or lose the NHS

Leave the EU or lose the NHS says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours

Published May 03, 2016
Leaks detailing the hidden parts of the proposed controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union prove quitting the EU is the only way to save the NHS in its current form, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.


Hundreds of papers released online confirm fears that TTIP talks between Brussels and Washington will lead to the health service being privatised or dismantled.

The documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, include a US proposal to have a committee with representatives from Washington and Brussels to meet each year “to review state-owned enterprises and monopolies” which would include the NHS.

“This goes exactly against what UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been assuring us”, said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West.

She said: “This leak proves beyond doubt that if we don’t say goodbye to the EU, we will have to say goodbye to the NHS.

“This committee has been requested by the American investors, who will meet with EU officials once a year to decide the fate of our NHS.

“Anyone that doesn’t want to see our NHS being run for profit, by company directors from a country where it is easier to get shot than to get healthcare, needs to vote to leave the EU.

“Anyone still undecided needs to ask if they prefer the EU or the NHS, because it is clearer now than ever, that we cannot have both.”

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Louise on TTIP

UKIP will be the only major British party in the European Parliament voting against the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) next week.

Louise Bours MEP
Louise Bours MEP

Of particular concern within the proposal is the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which would see secret courts operating where companies could effectively dictate policy to elected governments.

ISDS could allow large corporations to sue governments in these private courts over any government action that limits their future profits.

This sets up a potential liability for the British taxpayer which UKIP regards as unacceptable, says the party’s health spokeswoman Louise Bours.

Ms Bours said the proposals threaten the very fabric of the National Health Service.

At the EU’s International Trade Committee meeting on May 7, the big political groups to which Labour, Lib Dem and Tory MEPs belong rejected a UKIP amendment to ensure the NHS was ring-fenced in any negotiations with the United States of America.

Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, explained: “UKIP firmly believes that NHS care should be free at the point of access, and TTIP threatens that.

“We are the only major party opposed to TTIP, which could allow American corporate companies to win contracts in the NHS and potentially sue the government if changes of policy cut their profits.

“TTIP is being negotiated by the unelected European Union Trade Commissioner behind closed doors – a situation that is actually supported by both Labour and the Tories.

“UKIP is in favour of free trade, but TTIP is a corporatist stitch-up and it should be for the British people to decide their stance on this vital issue.

“It is almost inevitable that such ill thought-out rules will be created when the people negotiating them are not accountable to the voters.”

The full European Parliament will vote on TTIP when it meets next week in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday, June 10.