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.
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→
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?→
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
I would like to congratulate Ellesmere Port and the German city of Reutlingen on celebrating 50 years of twinning.
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.
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.
While I am glad to see that new government guidance about reporting cases of female genital mutilation appears to be working I am nevertheless shocked at the extent of the problem in this country.
It has just been reported that 1,242 cases have been reported to healthcare providers in England between January and March. The NHS’s own estimate last year of 137,000 women and girls having been harmed in this way is simply appalling.
And what is also terrible is that there has never been a single successful prosecution for FGM in the UK.
It may not be regarded as an appropriate topic in polite company but it is a serious issue and must not be swept under the table.
It has been reported that lobbyists are having an influence on official alcohol safety limits.
But the EU has banned minimum alcohol pricing and just objected to Ireland introducing alcohol labelling laws.
Responding UKIP Health spokeswomen Louise Bours MEPs said:”Anybody worried about the influence of lobbyists should come to Brussels where there are 15,000 of them working for mainly large corporations.
“But an even more important issue before we ask is a specific law good or bad, is the question of ‘Who finally decides the law?’
“The European Court of Justice forbade the Scottish Parliament from introducing a minimum price on alcohol a few months ago.
“And just yesterday we learn that 11 EU states and the European Commission have objected to the Republic of Ireland from introducing a law regarding labelling for alcohol and calories in drinks. Continue reading EU Alcohol rules row→
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”.
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;”
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.”