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Brexit is NOT about turning our backs on Europe…

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Jill Seymour says…

Everyone seems to be trying to predict what life is going to be like for families and businesses over the next few years.

And the phrase which keeps popping up in conversation is “When we are out of Europe…”

Hold on, just rewind for a moment. That’s not what Brexit is all about.

We are NOT leaving Europe. We are NOT turning our backs on the European people. We are simply untangling ourselves from the tentacles of the flawed, and frankly floundering institution called the European Union.

People supported Brexit because they are fed up of being controlled by Europe. This is very, very different from saying we want to pull up the drawbridge and completely isolate ourselves from our neighbours.

We just want to wrestle back control of our own rules, regulations, and legislation.

I campaigned passionately for Brexit because I believe it will always be the British people who know what is best for our strong, proud, and resilient island nation.

Look at the investment which is flooding into places like Telford, where my constituency office is based, right now. In the past year, we’ve probably seen more headline-grabbing developments than at any time since the halcyon days of the late 1980s, when so many Japanese and Taiwanese firms set up manufacturing bases in the town.

Austrian automotive component manufacturer Polytec is building a new factory here which will create nearly 250 jobs, and another car parts giant, Magna, has started work on an even bigger plant which will employ over 300 workers.

These multi-million pound decisions are never made lightly. The companies will have weighed up the pros and cons, and come to what I believe is clearly the right conclusion: that the future is bright for Brexit Britain, and we are perfectly positioned to prosper.

To those who are worried that our exit from the European Union will damage economic development, and bring about a threat to workers’ rights, I say this:

The UK has never depended on the EU for workers’ rights. Modern pensions began in 1908, equal pay was introduced in 1970, our Race Discrimination Act dates back to 1965, and UK maternity rights are longer and better paid than those enshrined in EU law.

That same EU law provides for a minimum of four weeks of paid holiday for workers – yet the UK already provides 5.6 weeks.

Have faith. Britain will always do what is best for its people . . . and free from the shackles of the European Union, it will be far better placed to deliver.

Why I believe the Thames Crossing proposal should be scrapped

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Jill Seymour MEP, UKIP’s Transport Spokesman, has called on the Government to reject the proposed third Thames Crossing in Thurrock. She is the first national figure from any of the major political parties to call for the Thames Crossing proposal to be scrapped.

She said: “Air pollution in Thurrock is already appalling high. According to Government statistics, 6% of deaths are attributed to air pollution and these proposals are only likely to worsen the situation.

“Thurrock’s roads network is already over stretched, in many cases the increases in traffic is putting Thurrock in a dangerous position if emergency services are required to cross the borough quickly.

“The business case is flawed. The cost of £6bn returning only 5,000 jobs is not value for money at £1.2m per job. UKIP have previously called on Conservative to cut other failed transport policies such as HS2 and this appears to be another one of their white elephants.

“I call on Patrick McLoughlin MP and Lilian Greenwood MP to announce where their parties stand on the issue. I have a feeling the calls will be met with silence. It is a shame that only UKIP are willing to show national support against the project.”

How can HS2 possibly need SEVENTEEN PR companies?

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today demanded to know why an astonishing SEVENTEEN different PR agencies have been appointed to work on the HS2 project – all funded by the taxpayer.

The Department of Transport disclosed the information in response to a parliamentary question over the number of external agencies appointed to assist the HS2 management team.

“This is a disgusting waste of our hard-earned money on a project which is neither wanted, nor needed,” said Mrs Seymour.

“I have opposed HS2 from the start, and this preposterous and distasteful revelation proves why I am right to have done so. It’s a never-ending gravy train, with taxpayers forking out for all the fuel.”

According to the response to the parliamentary question, 17 communications companies are being paid by the taxpayer to work on HS2.

They are JBP Associates, Blue Rubicon, MHP Communications, Brand and Deliver, Brandnew, M-is, Precedent Communications, Crown Business Communications, PRgloo, Booz & Company, SKV Communications, Emergn, Stairway Communications, Gorkana, Hopscotch Consulting, Weber Shandwick, and Westbourne Communications.

“A further 12 other consultancy and production firms have also been handed lucrative contracts at our expense – and all of this is before a single piece of HS2 track has even been laid,” Mrs Seymour added.

“It doesn’t matter how many PR companies are recruited to try to convince people that there’s a need for HS2 – they won’t find a compelling business case which is backed up by hard evidence.

“Surely, now, the Government must pull in the reins on this project, and hold those people who are spraying around taxpayers’ money like confetti to account.

“Enough is enough – what about our existing railway infrastructure, which is crying out for investment to keep pace with our modern-day lifestyles?

“I look forward to hearing how the Government’s own spin doctors are going to dig themselves out of this latest scandal.

“My message to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is clear: It’s not too late to call a halt to the whole HS2 debacle, and demand an inquiry into exactly how much of our money is being spent on this vanity project . . . and why.”

 

Government refuses to block diesel driver demonisation

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour says she is ‘saddened and disappointed’ at the Government’s refusal to act against the growing demonisation of diesel drivers.

She launched a petition calling on parliament to prevent local authorities from being able to impose extra charges on diesel vehicle owners who drive or park in city centres.

The petition has already been signed by more than 16,000 people.

But in an official response, the Department of Transport says: “The setting of charges for on or off-street parking is a matter for local authorities.

“The Government recommends that authorities set charges at levels which are consistent with the aims of the authority’s transport strategy, including its air quality, road safety and traffic management strategies. Authorities should never use parking charges just to raise revenue.”

Mrs Seymour said: “I’m saddened and disappointed that the Government seems to have missed the point of this petition completely.

“It is not a call to ignore concerns with emissions. It is a call for common sense when looking at these issues.

“For the past two decades, Government policies have promoted diesel engines, as they are far more fuel efficient and release far less CO2.

“With manufacturers across Europe following this lead, huge investment has been made in clean diesel technologies which have reduced tailpipe emissions enormously.

“It is madness to suddenly throw all this investment, research and manufacturing capacity away due to a change in policy.”

She added: “I fully support the move towards zero emission vehicles and government investment towards achieving this, but it is unfair and wrong to penalise both drivers of diesel cars and manufacturers who have in good faith moved towards diesel cars because of policy direction from the very governments now seeking to demonise their choice.

“I agree that electric vehicles are the future, and we should incentivise these. Workplace charging stations and public car parking with charging facilities should be rolled out as fast as possible along with tax incentives towards zero emission vehicles.

“However, this is a little way away and whilst manufacturers move to new technologies, it is unwise to target drivers of vehicles which were only a few months ago, being promoted as low carbon.

“So I repeat my call for Theresa May’s Government to stop demonising diesels.

“They must promote new technologies and allow people with diesel the time to get the value from their vehicle over time, without Government policies reducing their significant investment to nothing overnight.”

Details of Jill’s petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/182686

It’s not cabotage – it’s sabotage! We must protect our hauliers

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour is calling for urgent Government action to protect British hauliers against the growing menace of ‘cabotage’ from foreign drivers.

Cabotage rules permit hauliers from any EU country to carry out limited jobs in other member states – but Mrs Seymour said the situation in the UK was spiralling out of control.

“They call it cabotage, but as far as I can see, it would be more accurately described as sabotage,” she said.

Her comments come after a BBC investigation revealed that many lorry drivers operating on UK roads were being paid less than £3 an hour by eastern European employers, and living out of their cabs.

“Our UK haulage industry is already struggling to breathe under a mountain of regulation and bureaucracy – much of it driven by needless EU legislation.

“I sympathise with overseas drivers who are merely trying to earn an honest living, but their companies are undercutting the UK haulage industry.

“And it is the interests of UK hauliers which should always come first.”

Mrs Seymour added: “Under cabotage rules, overseas companies can carry out a limited number of properly audited jobs in another EU member state.

“But the word ‘limited’ is being stretched way beyond what the rules were clearly designed to permit.

“Overseas drivers are being put under immense pressure to work way beyond acceptable levels, and it’s time the Government got to grips with the situation.

“It’s not fair, it’s not safe, and it’s effectively forcing our own HGV and LGV companies to do an already difficult job with one hand tied behind their back.”

She added: “It is time for the British government to stand up for our hauliers, and have a complete rethink on cabotage permits.

“If overseas companies are employing people to transport goods around the UK, then they should be paying Britain for the privilege.

“They should also be forced to prove that they comply with the same health and safety standards as our own drivers operate under.”

Budget fails to give an inspiring outlook for the future

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Jill’s verdict on Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget statement:

“It would have been nice to say ‘what a great budget’, but sadly we can’t.

“On the up side, there is money available for care and the NHS, but I suspect that there is so much debt that the increase will be gone before it can be used.

“The budget has not given an inspiring outlook for the future. No entrepreneur, self employed person has any encouragement.

“No small and medium size business has any benefits and certainly the increase in rates will definitely destroy many. Enterprise has been left on the shelf.

“Not once did this budget reflect on Brexit.

“Not once was anything mentioned of our cost of membership to the Political Union.

“Not once was there any mention of any claw back of imposed EU red tape.

“Our cost of EU membership could dramatically reduce any UK austerity. It’s that simple.”

Where is the transparency? More EU smoke and mirrors…

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today accused the European Union of ‘hiding behind smoke and mirrors and fancy words’ after failing with three bids to amend a report on its finances.

Her comments came as MEPs scrutinised how billions of pounds of public money had been accounted for, during a debate on the approval – or  ‘discharge’ – of the EU’s 2015 budget.

In the Transport committee, Mrs Seymour tabled three amendments:

  • Calling for the Court of Auditors on ‘Competitiveness for Growth’ to explain why transactions under the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport showed errors concerning non-compliance with public procurement rules, and requesting greater transparency.
  • Seeking an explanation of why the renewed Safety of Air Navigation (SESAR) agreement had not been signed – preventing MEPs from seeing a budget for in-kind contributions and detailed breakdown of the multi-million pound project.
  • Requesting the names of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) administrative board members, and others, who failed to provide the declarations of interest requested by the European Parliament and Court of Auditors.

All three of her requests were voted down in the Brussels transport committee chamber.

Mrs Seymour said: “Rejecting my first request to the Court of Auditors didn’t surprise me – the European Union is happy to suck money from member states like a giant leech, with absolutely no respect for how it is spent.

“Whenever more transparency is called for, they simply hide behind smoke and mirrors and fancy words, and completely ignore common sense. They show a total lack of respect to the citizens of the European Union.”

On the Safety of Air Navigation question, she added: “A total of 585 million Euros was fixed for this project in 2014 – I wanted to know how much more money had been wasted?

“The problem with the EU is that it spends money like it is going out of fashion, when actually it’s the Euro which is going out of fashion right now, with so many countries now questioning its membership.

“It is clear that MEPs like me are needed here more than ever at the moment, to scrutinise the vast sums which the EU continues to spend on Britain’s behalf.”

On her bid to name and shame those who failed to provide declarations of interest, Mrs Seymour added: “I just cannot understand why the committee rejected this amendment.

“The European Commission is always calling for sanctions to be made against member states for non-compliance . . . but when members of their own institutions are involved, the rules are suddenly different.

“Transparency is the watchword in European Institutions at the moment, but only when it suits them. The EU’s new logo should read ‘Do as I say, not as I do’.”

 

Stop demonising diesel: Jill launches online petition

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has launched a petition calling on the Government to prevent councils from discriminating against drivers of diesel cars.

She said: “There is a growing move to charge drivers of diesel cars extra for parking and travelling in city centres – even though the Government encouraged people to buy them by highlighting their efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

“That’s why this complete policy U-turn is unfair. People with diesel cars should not now be suddenly discriminated against, charged more for parking or forced to pay additional costs to use their vehicles.

“My petition is calling upon Prime Minister Theresa May to protect people who purchased diesel cars, which remain amongst the most efficient vehicles available.

“It also asks the Government to stop any current or proposed charges which discriminate against diesel engine cars from being levied by councils and local authorities.”

The Government is reported to be considering a scrappage scheme for diesel cars, offering incentives for replacing them with lower-emission vehicles.

Mrs Seymour said: “Before the Government allows councils to penalise diesel car owners, it needs to be offering them significant incentives to change their vehicles.

“It is totally wrong for the authorities to be demonising drivers of diesel cars, just a few years after the very same people were actively encouraging them to buy.

“These drivers bought diesel cars in good faith, and many simply cannot afford to buy a different car overnight.

She added: “Instead of trying to penalise diesel car drivers, the Government should be focusing their attention on diesel trucks, buses and taxis which create far more pollution in our towns and cities.

“It is not the modern car which is causing poor air pollution in our cities. It is large diesel engine vehicles which are typically much older.”

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, along with BMW, Ford, and Jaguar Land Rover, have echoed Mrs Seymour’s beliefs that fears over diesel cars are misplaced.

Sign the petition here

Excellent response on the Stoke on Trent doorstep

Jill on BBC Essex, from Strasbourg studio, April 13 2016

Jill Seymour spoke with Andrew Castle on the LBC radio breakfast show this morning about the Stoke on Trent Central by election campaign. She said UKIP was getting an excellent response on the doorstep from voters who felt they had been forgotten by Westminster for too long, and now had someone who was finally offering to represent their real views.

Listen to the interview here:

What a farce! France throws its toys out of the pram

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UKIP MEP Jill Seymour today slammed the latest example of European Union ‘silliness’ after France began legal proceedings against the EU – for formally adopting its new budget in the wrong country!

The EU voted on the issue at its main base in the Belgian capital of Brussels, instead of at the parliament’s second home, over the French border at Strasbourg.

Now, the French have complained to the EU’s own court over what they see as an unacceptable snub by eurocrats.

European politicians have repeatedly voted to abolish the monthly road trip to Strasbourg and centralise operations in Brussels, but the French have a veto on the issue.

Mrs Seymour, UKIP’s Transport spokesman, said: “This a time of crisis for France when they have riots on the streets, high unemployment, slow economic growth and a clash of cultures taking place on a daily basis.

“It is ridiculous in the extreme for that state to be throwing their toys out of the pram on the issue of where the European Parliament votes specifically on the bloated EU budget.

“As far as I can see, EU treaties refer to the Parliament meeting 12 times a year in Strasbourg, but nothing at all about where the budget must be voted on.

“The whole travelling circus to Strasbourg is an expensive and tiresome exercise. In leaving the EU, we Brits will be delighted to avoid this silliness in the future.”

 

 

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