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Hospital parking charge increases are ‘beyond disgusting’

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Shropshire-based MEP Jill Seymour has called for an urgent investigation into the huge rise in parking charges being introduced at the county’s two main hospitals.

She described the inflation-busting increases at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals as ‘beyond disgusting’.

From November 1, the price of parking up to two hours will rise 20% to £3, up to three hours will rise 33% to £4, and up to four hours will go up £66% to £5.

Worst of all, the cost of parking for up to five hours will double to £6 at the Telford and Shrewsbury sites, and the bill for up to 24 hours will rocket by 128% to £8.

Mrs Seymour said: “The hospitals trust cannot be allowed to get away with this disgraceful tax on the sick, their families and friends.

“With inflation currently running at just 3%, these huge price rises are totally unacceptable.

“I’m calling for a serious investigation by local authorities – councillors from all parties need to stand together to prevent these hospitals from punishing people at what is already a hugely stressful time.

“These outrageous price rises should be withdrawn until a full inquiry has been held.”

Jill retains Transport brief under new UKIP leader

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New UKIP leader Henry Bolton has announced his front bench team to take UKIP forward – and Jill Seymour has retained her role as Transport spokesman.
Also included is be a leadership group of Margot Parker MEP, as Deputy leader and Jim Carver and Mike Hookem MEPs as assistant Deputies.
Henry said “I am pleased to announce appointments to my Cabinet. UKIP has a moral obligation to hold the government to account for taking us out of the European Union. Clear and decisive leadership is crucial and we shall deliver it.
“Together, my team and I will now commence the urgent work of projecting our party firmly and decisively into British politics with the purpose of securing our nation’s interests through Brexit and beyond.”
The full list of appointments are:
Deputy Leader: Margot Parker MEP
Asst Deputy Leader: Jim Carver MEP
Asst Deputy Leader: Mike Hookem MEP
Interim Chairman: Paul Oakden
Political Adviser: Jonathan Arnott MEP
Leader of UKIP in Wales: Neil Hamilton AM
Leader of UKIP in Scotland: David Coburn MEP
Spokesman for UKIP in London: Peter Whittle AM
MEP Delegation Leader: Ray Finch MEP
Home Affairs/Police & Fire: Jane Collins MEP
Justice: Peter Jewell
Immigration & Integration: John Bickley
Cyber & Terrorism: Richard Bingley
Treasury: Jonathan Arnott MEP
Aid and Intl Development: Margot Parker MEP
Business: Christopher Mills
Small Business: Ernie Warrender
Trade & Industry: William Dartmouth MEP
Employment: Andrew Charalambous
Transport & Infrastructure: Jill Seymour MEP
Energy: Jonathan Bullock MEP
Agriculture: Stuart Agnew MEP
Fisheries: Mike Hookem MEP
Environment: Dr Julia Reid MEP
Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs: Ray Finch MEP
Defence: Henry Bolton
Veterans: Mike Hookem MEP
Health: Dr Julia Reid MEP
Culture & Arts: David Meacock
Communities & Local Government: Tim Aker MEP
Equalities & Disabilities: Cllr Star Anderton
Exiting the European Union/BREXIT: Gerard Batten MEP
Electoral Reform: David Allen
Sport: Bill Etheridge MEP

I’m backing Henry – Jill’s choice for new UKIP leader

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has endorsed former soldier and policeman Henry Bolton as her preferred candidate to become the party’s new leader.

She said: “I believe he is clearly the most credible candidate to lead the party into a new era.

“Having been involved with UKIP for more than 17 years, I’m in no doubt that Henry has the experience, respect and skill-set required to reform and relaunch our party.

“He is diligent, politically astute, calm and steady under fire, and with his police and military background, his organisational and strategic planning skills are second to none.

“Henry isn’t swayed, tainted or influenced by political ideology, and knows how to make pragmatic, sensible and reasoned decisions.

“And most importantly of all, he has a CV packed with international experience at the highest level of business and civil service to prove it.

Mr Bolton has held top-level diplomatic posts across the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo, Bosnia, he is a proven problem solver, and collaborator.

He received the OBE for services to international security and stabilisation, and has also been commended for outstanding bravery.

Former leader Nigel Farage has endorsed his leadership bid, by signing up as his political referee.

Mrs Seymour said: “Critics accuse UKIP of being insular, and inward looking. Henry Bolton is the exact opposite.

“Grassroots members and loyal donors are the beating heart of our party, and Henry will listen to them, and collaborate with them, to chart UKIP’s future course.

“No leadership candidate can match his impressive CV, and that’s why I believe he is the perfect man to give UKIP the gravitas, direction, discipline and respect it needs and deserves.”

Anti-car London mayor Sadiq Khan is taking drivers for a ride

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UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour is urging drivers to reject the ‘anti-car proposals’ contained in London mayor Sadiq Khan’s blueprint for the capital city’s road network.

She said the under-publicised Mayor’s Transport Strategy included a host of measures designed to penalise drivers, such as pay-per-mile pricing and more congestion charges.

Mrs Seymour said: “The EU has made no secret of its ambitions for an EU-wide road pricing system covering all vehicles on all roads.

“Fortunately Britain will be leaving the EU and all this bureaucracy behind, but we don’t want to be left with its unwanted baggage.

“More than 1.8 million Britons signed the largest ever petition against a previous Government proposal for road pricing, so Sadiq Khan must not be allowed to impose these latest rules by stealth.

“I urge drivers to reject the anti-car plans contained in this consultation – email consultations@tfl.gov.uk by October 2 at latest.”

Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP, is also a patron of the Alliance of British Drivers, which has launched a campaign against the mayor’s plans and set up an independent website – www.cantpaywontpay.london

She said: “Sadiq Khan must not be allowed to push through his anti-motorist transport plans for the capital.

“He has already signalled his view that drivers in London ‘pay too little’ and should pay more – when they are already over-taxed and in many cases victimised.

“Last year, the EU’s transport commissioner Violeta Bulc spoke of plans to create an EU-wide road charging system ‘that will benefit the EU’s Single Market’.

“British people rejected this when they voted for Brexit.”

More than 100,000 view ‘HS2 Disaster’ film in first week

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A hard-hitting new film highlighting the families whose lives are being ruined by the ‘HS2 Disaster’ has been viewed by more than 100,000 people in its first week.

An accompanying petition calling on transport secretary Chris Grayling to cancel HS2 immediately and cut all of its funding has been signed by over 7,600 people.

And nearly a quarter of a million people have also connected with the campaign’s facebook page.

The campaign has been launched by West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour, who sits on the European Union’s transport committee.

She insists it is not too late to cancel the multi-billion pound ‘vanity project’, which has a budget spiralling out of control. “It will be our children – and their children – who will be paying this debt,” she said.

“When the £111 billion could be spent on our NHS, emergency services, new housing, and social services, why is the priority on a railway we don’t need?”

The six-minute ‘HS2 Disaster’ film reveals how it will wreck the lives of families across many parts of the country, from Middlesex through to Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and further north.

Crystal Ryall holds back tears in the film when she says: “How can you honestly tell people that their children and their parents are just going to be kicked out of the house they own?

“You’re not safe, because if the Government want it, they are going to take it, and that’s that. They should stop pouring all this money into something that’s never going to be any good to anybody.

“Pour it into the NHS, pour it into the police service and the fire stations they are closing down, or pour it into the existing railways. But don’t spend taxpayers’ money like this. It’s just stupid.”

Jim from Staffordshire says: “I haven’t a clue how the Government can say it is needed, when it is only going to affect a few people down the side of each line who can use it.

“If they put the money into the National Health Service instead of this railway, there will be more people in the next 20 years needing a hospital, than ever they will need a railway.”

The film reveals some shocking statistics about the taxpayer-funded HS2 project, including:

  • It is estimated to cost more than £400 million a mile, making it the most expensive railway in the world.
  • At present, the full cost is £111 billion – more than £5,800 from every UK household – but that is expected to rise even further.
  • Technology being proposed for HS2 is already 25 years out of date.
  • Ancient woodlands will be destroyed. 47 sites are ‘directly affected’.
  • Brand new housing estates are to be bulldozed to make way for the line.

In Middlesex, Ron Reynolds says: “I want to know how long it’s going to take my great great great great grandchildren to pay this off. Don’t you think that the services are more important than getting to Birmingham 10 minutes quicker?”

Vikie Shanks from Warwickshire said: “I’ve tried to be open-minded about HS2. I’ve looked at the business case and listened to all sides, and by the time this thing is built, I believe it will be totally obsolete.

“The cost of building it is absolutely ludicrous, when we have social care and the NHS really struggling.”

The video was supported by action groups and individuals whose homes, communities and livelihoods are affected by the HS2 proposals.

Film and petition launched in a last-ditch bid to halt HS2

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Jill Seymour has launched a last-ditch bid to halt the HS2 ‘vanity project’ with a hard-hitting video and new petition.

Mrs Seymour, who sits on the European Union’s transport committee, today unveiled a film which tells tearjerking stories of people’s lives being ruined by the line – alongside some shocking statistics.

“This vanity project is already spiralling out of control, and it will be our children – and their children – who will be paying this debt,” she said.

“When the £111 billion could be spent on our NHS, emergency services, new housing, and social services, why is the priority on a railway we don’t need?”

The six-minute ‘HS2 Disaster’ film reveals how it will wreck the lives of families across many parts of the country, from Middlesex through to Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and further north. Watch the film

A new petition has also been launched, calling on transport secretary Chris Grayling to cancel HS2 immediately and cut all of its funding.

Crystal Ryall holds back tears in the film when she says: “How can you honestly tell people that their children and their parents are just going to be kicked out of the house they own?

“You’re not safe, because if the Government want it, they are going to take it, and that’s that. They should stop pouring all this money into something that’s never going to be any good to anybody.

“Pour it into the NHS, pour it into the police service and the fire stations they are closing down, or pour it into the existing railways. But don’t spend taxpayers’ money like this. It’s just stupid.”

Jim from Staffordshire says: “I haven’t a clue how the Government can say it is needed, when it is only going to affect a few people down the side of each line who can use it.

“If they put the money into the National Health Service instead of this railway, there will be more people in the next 20 years needing a hospital, than ever they will need a railway.”

The film reveals some shocking statistics about the taxpayer-funded HS2 project, including:

  • It is estimated to cost more than £400 million a mile, making it the most expensive railway in the world.
  • At present, the full cost is £111 billion – more than £5,800 from every UK household – but that is expected to rise even further.
  • Technology being proposed for HS2 is already 25 years out of date.
  • Ancient woodlands will be destroyed. 47 sites are ‘directly affected’.
  • Brand new housing estates are to be bulldozed to make way for the line.

In Middlesex, Ron Reynolds says: “An Englishman’s home is his castle – until HS2 want it! You don’t move on if something is not fit for purpose, and this isn’t fit for purpose.

“I want to know how long it’s going to take my great great great great grandchildren to pay this off. Don’t you think that the services are more important than getting to Birmingham 10 minutes quicker?”

Vikie Shanks from Warwickshire said: “I’ve tried to be open-minded about HS2. I’ve looked at the business case and listened to all sides, and by the time this thing is built, I believe it will be totally obsolete.

“The cost of building it is absolutely ludicrous, when we have social care and the NHS really struggling.”

The video was supported by action groups and individuals whose homes, communities and livelihoods are affected by the HS2 proposals.

A new ‘HS2 Disaster’ Facebook page has been set up, to help protect these families and the environmental impact of the project.

Government is betraying rail users with latest U-turn

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West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour has accused the Government of betraying rail travellers by scrapping plans to electrify lines across large parts of the UK.

Plans to modernise three busy lines – from Cardiff to Swansea, the Midland mainline and tracks in the Lake District – have been scrapped amid concerns over the spiralling budget.

But Mrs Seymour said: “The cost of electrification is just a drop in the ocean compared with the eye-watering sums being spent on the HS2 vanity project, which has no viable business case.

“And while the electrification projects would benefit commuters across large parts of the country – and help the environment too – HS2 will be used by just a tiny minority, and decimate huge swathes of our countryside.

“This is a betrayal which makes no logical sense. The Government is taking rail travellers for a ride – and leaving a trail of broken promises behind. The Tories have been promising electrification of these lines for five years.”

Instead of electrification project, transport secretary Chris Grayling says the Government now wants to invest instead in new ‘bi-mode’ trains, which can switch between electric and diesel power mid-journey, like a hybrid car.

Mrs Seymour, who sits on the transport committee in the European Union, said: “The Government sneaked this information out a few hours before heading off on summer holiday, presumably hoping to avoid a lot of awkward questions.

“The double standards which this Government is displaying are infuriating. On one hand, they are demonising drivers of diesel vehicles with ever-increasing financial penalties, and on the other they are now indicating that diesel-powered trains are here to stay, for the foreseeable future.

“It’s another case of ‘do as we say, not as we do’ from a Government which simply cannot be trusted, and seems to be making up random pieces of policy as it goes along.”

Time to stop treating drivers like ‘wallets on wheels’

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West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour has called on councils to deliver a fairer deal for drivers after new research revealed many local authorities are treating motorists like ‘wallets on wheels’.

She was responding to a report from the AA which reveals that 60 per cent of councils across England have cut their highways spending – despite raking in much more revenue from parking charges.

“Week after week, we see fresh evidence of the way motorists are being demonised by the authorities,” she said.

“Drivers have become little more than cash cows for local councils, and the time has come to redress the balance.

“Motorists don’t resent paying their dues, if they can see the money being spent on improving the transport network. But in large parts of the country, that simply isn’t the case.

“While the Government presses stubbornly ahead with the £55 billion-plus HS2 project to benefit just a tiny minority, roads which are used by the vast majority don’t receive the same investment. It makes no logical sense.”

The AA’s research found that nearly two thirds of local authorities reduced spending on areas such as road maintenance, street lights and school crossing patrols in the last financial year.

Yet at the same time, more than 200 councils are seeking to once again raise fees for both on and off-street parking, to pile more money into their coffers. AA president Edmund King said that motorists were now viewed as merely ‘wallets on wheels’.

Mrs Seymour, who sits on the European Union’s transport committee, said: “We all know that council budgets are being squeezed, but it seems that highways departments are disproportionately hit.

“The AA’s research shows the extent of the problem, with more than half of English councils cutting spending on road improvements. And we’re not talking pennies, here – each council’s average reduction is close to £1 million.

“There has also been a worryingly sharp drop in the amount of money being spent on road safety education programmes and school crossing patrols.”

Sour grapes from scaremongering airline boss

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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has been accused of scaremongering after claiming there could be no flights from Britain to Europe when the UK leaves the European Union.

West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour, who sits on the EU’s transport committee, said: “It was very sad to hear Mr O’Leary revealing such a short-sighted view.

“He told the committee that there is a distinct possibility that there could be no flights from the UK into the European Union following Brexit, which is frankly ludicrous.

“As long as the demand exists for flights to popular holiday spots like Spain, France and Greece, they will of course continue.

“Mr O’Leary is merely scaremongering, and venting his frustration that he campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU – and lost.”

The Ryanair boss made his comments during a debate in Brussels on the impact which Brexit will have on aviation, where speakers also included the boss of British Airways, Willie Walsh, and senior vice president of Lufthansa, Thomas Kropp.

He told the committee the UK had no clue how it was going to negotiate a workable aviation deal with Brussels.

And he added: “If there is no deal, there will be no flights. There is not a legal mechanism on which the airlines can operate in a hard Brexit, no deal outcome.

“So there is no prospect of having some kind of higher prices at airports, or airlines for flights to the UK. There will simply be no flights.”

The only way to guarantee continued flights between the UK and the EU, he said, was to either retain the current ‘open skies’ policy, or come to a bilateral trade agreement.

We must not risk running our haulage firms off the road

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Jill Seymour told the European Parliament in Brussels that is it vital we do not run small and medium sized transport businesses off our roads. Here is what she told the chamber:

“CO2 emissions across the transport sector need to be addressed, however in the road haulage industry where their margins are very tight, it is extremely important that small and medium size businesses are not run off the road, and out of existence through unrealistic targets.

“I hear dangerous talk on cabotage, but some reassuring words on dubious letterbox companies that exploit workers.

“It is action, more than words that can only work.

“May I suggest you allow each member state to tackle the individual companies who blatantly abuse this system across the EU.

“Fragmentation of the internal market should not be used as an excuse to harmonise road safety in member states especially when the UK and Sweden have the safest roads in Europe.

“The EU is constantly questioning the competence of national governments.

“May I state the UK has been running very successfully its networks and transport infrastructure for many years and certainly do not need any further interference from the EU.

“It will be a great day when we regain our independence and leave the European Union.”

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