Women have been treated with contempt by the EU Parliament, said UKIP MEP Louise Bours.
Her anger follows the parliament voting against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons.
“”The Commission had promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for items such as tampons, but yet they did not include it in the latest VAT reform proposals.
“They 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.
“I think it is an insult to women that such an attitude has been displayed by this male dominated organisation,” said Ms Bours, North West Euro-MP.
‘“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.
“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.
“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 – BUT ONLY TILL AFTER REFERENDUM
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.
I was disgusted to hear that the Blackburn Muslim Association, a taxpayer funded community group have begun issuing advice to women insisting that they do not travel more than 48 miles away from home without a male chaperone.
Whilst such intolerance towards women might be commonplace in Muslim majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Islamic State controlled areas of Iraq and Syria, it has no place in Blackburn or indeed anywhere else in the UK. Continue reading Concerns over ‘female travel ban’→
Junior doctors should campaign against Cameron’s cuts and in favour of Brexit
Published Apr 26, 2016
UKIP MEP and Health Spokeswoman Louise Bours commenting on the junior doctors strike said: “Junior doctors should realise that by leaving the European Union and saving our vast EU contribution we could fund the NHS much better.
“With the money that we send to the EU each year we could instead build 50 new hospitals and give a huge boost to improving our NHS. An intelligent junior doctor would at this stage be campaigning against Cameron’s cuts and in favour of Brexit.
“If we want to fund the NHS properly we must have the means to do it at our disposal.”
Migration costs the NHS far more than we ever knew
Revelations that EU citizens don’t have to prove who they are before receiving free treatment on the NHS shows just how much the National Health Service has become the International Health Service, according to UKIP Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP.
As the debate on whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU turns its attention to the NHS, a health minister has been forced to admit that GPs and hospitals must treat immigrants even if they do not produce an EU health card and refuse to provide any identification to show their entitlement. The news is a huge boost to those arguing the NHS is suffering as a result of the UK’s membership of the EU. Reacting to the government’s admission, Ms Bours said: “The government have tried to bury this bad news right from the start.
“It wasn’t even in Cameron’s renegotiation attempts because he clearly didn’t want the public to know that while we are in the EU anyone and everyone can come here, get treatment funded by the UK taxpayer, and then go home again without contributing a single penny to the cost.
“Doctors have been advised by the government not to ask if someone is entitled to treatment just in case it’s seen as being discriminatory, so basically, because of our arrangement with the EU anyone from anywhere in the world can come here and be treated at our expense.
“It has to stop. This is our NHS, not Europe’s or any other continent’s, and the fact that Cameron didn’t include it in the renegotiation is all the proof we need that the only way we can ensure we British taxpayers get the NHS we need and deserve, is to leave the EU.”
The admission came when a Euro-sceptic MP asked a Parliamentary Question about who can and cannot register for NHS treatment.
Health minister Alistair Burt answered: “Anyone can seek to register as an NHS patient with a GP practice by approaching one directly and submitting a written and signed application.
“A practice cannot legally refuse to register someone because they do not possess identification or documents.”
Recent figures also show that the UK has a poor record in claiming cost for treating EU nationals from other countries, as it is entitled to do.
This ‘health tourism gap’ means the UK is now paying out £15 for the healthcare costs of Britons who fall ill abroad for every £1 it gets back for NHS treatment of European visitors.
Ms Bours added: “Once you are registered with a GP you have access to the entire NHS, including hospitals.
“The law is that if you don’t live here long-term you are supposed to pay for any non-urgent or emergency care, but many hospitals assume that if you have a GP you are entitled to the full range of treatment, free.
“We do not want to turn medics into border guards. The government needs to get serious about the NHS for the sake of those of us who rely upon it, and that means ditching the EU.”
The Department of Health should work hand-in-glove with the Home Office to stamp out the “appalling and barbaric” ritual of breast-ironing, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours.
Ms Bours says breast ironing should be considered another form of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice she has long campaigned against.
Breast ironing uses heated objects, including stones and hammers, to flatten a girl’s breasts to stop them from developing.
It is thought to have affected at least 1,000 women in the UK, although there is no exact figure. Not a single prosecution against it has ever taken place in this country.
Breast ironing is typically carried out when the girls are aged between 11 and 15 as they enter puberty, and is often done by the victim’s own family under the “misguided intention” of protecting her from rape and sexual harassment, according to the United Nations.
The UN estimates up to 3.8 million girls worldwide are affected.
Breast ironing is particularly widespread in the West African nations of Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Togo and Benin.
Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “There is something particularly wrong with the way young women are seen in certain cultures.