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Electric cars: Remove red tape and let market take its course

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UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called on British industry leaders to help speed up the roll-out of electric car charging points.

Speaking in the European Parliament at Strasbourg, she said: “I’ve been calling for railways to be electrified, but unfortunately in the UK, many of these projects have been dropped.

“I see all the benefits of electric vehicles, however I do have some concerns.

“Currently in the UK, we do not have enough rapid chargers to support the growth of electric vehicles. We need industry leaders to speed up the roll-out of chargers.

“Our local planning offices should streamline this process. The best way to encourage the pubic to adopt electric vehicles is to allow nation states to cut taxes and import tariffs.

“Let’s remove red tape, and allow the market to take its course.”

Traffic lights on motorways? It just doesn’t make sense

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Plans to install traffic lights on motorways to ease rush hour congestion have been slammed as ‘ridiculous’ by UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour.

Highways England plans to install lights at the junction of the M6 and M62 near Warrington, to operate during the busiest times of day, as part of a £7 million trial.

Although traffic lights already operate on many slip roads, this is the first time they will have been placed on the motorway itself.

“This is a ridiculous idea, which is wrong on so many levels,” said Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP.

“It flies in the face of the latest research which shows that pollution is at its worst when cars are sitting in stationary traffic. And the Government is all too quick to penalise drivers for their emissions these days.

“Why can we not just leave this motorway system alone, and let drivers find their own perfectly sensible ways of merging into the flow of traffic?

“Instead of wasting money on this daft scheme, perhaps the Government should consider spending the £7 million by making a start on fixing potholes and repairing damaged road surfaces.”

Official figures show that the number of vehicles on our roads has risen by more than 30 per cent over the past two decades.

Mrs Seymour added: “You have to ask yourself the question – why have we seen motorway traffic grow at a faster rate than on any of our other roads?

“The answer is that, for many people, there is currently no practical or affordable alternative which is fit for purpose.”

Save Rudolph . . . ‘Sleigh’ HS2. Petition is launched

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West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour has launched a petition calling for Government intervention to prevent the largest herd of reindeer outside Scandinavia from being culled.

The ‘Save Rudolph – Sleigh HS2’ campaign is a bid to prevent Blithbury Lodge in Staffordshire from being decimated by the high-speed rail line.

Owner Stephen Swinnerton has a herd of 200 reindeer on his 30-acre site near Rugeley, but says closure would be his only option if HS2 presses ahead with plans to take space in five of his fields.

Mrs Seymour, who is UKIP’s national transport spokesman, visited the site to see for herself how part of Mr Swinnerton’s land is due to be turned into a car park.

She said: “The farm which he has built up over 10 years will be damaged beyond repair – just to provide a proposed trackway and turning area.

“The HS2 team are always telling us they have the interests of people along the proposed route of the line at heart.

“If this is true, then they will prove it by moving their proposed building site a few hundred yards, away from the reindeer farm onto nearby arable land, which will cause much less disruption and heartache.

“If they refuse, then Rudolph, along with his 200 friends and relatives, will have to be culled to make way for this building site, because it will wreck the habitat they require.

“I’m calling on Theresa May and her Government to do the sensible and compassionate thing by instructing HS2 Ltd to move the disruption and building site away from the Blithbury Reindeer Lodge.”

As well as working through the Christmas season, the reindeer are also taken into schools, hospitals and hospices.

Mr Swinnerton said he would be ‘finished’ if HS2 does not reconsider, and said the herd would probably have to be culled. “It’s HS2 and the Government who would have their blood on their hands,” he said.

The petition can be found by clicking here

An arrogant and disgraceful misuse of public money

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UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called for an urgent investigation into the funding of HS2 after the National Audit Office found evidence of unauthorised redundancy payments worth nearly £2 million.

Chief financial officer Steve Allen announced he would be stepping down from his role after the rail project was found to have ignored orders from a Government department to restrict its redundancy scheme to statutory levels.

“This is the latest in a series of troubling stories around the arrogant and disgraceful misuse of taxpayers’ money – and all before a track has even been laid,” said Mrs Seymour, who has long been campaigning for HS2 to be scrapped.

“The National Audit Office’s investigations have raised a number of important questions – why does HS2 consider itself above the law, why are executives being paid such huge sums in the first place, and how can exit packages above the £95,000 civil service compensation scheme limit possibly be justified?”

Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP, based in Telford, has launched a last-ditch bid to halt the HS2 ‘vanity project’ with a hard-hitting video and new petition.

Her film 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 ‘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.

A petition has also been launched, calling on transport secretary Chris Grayling to cancel HS2 immediately and cut all of its funding. It already has more than 12,000 signatures

The film reveals shocking statistics about the taxpayer-funded HS2 project, including the estimated cost of more than £400 million a mile, making it the most expensive railway in the world.

It also highlights the fact that dozens of ancient woodlands will be destroyed, and new housing estates bulldozed to make way for the line.

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

For more details on the petition, see https://www.change.org/p/chris-grayling-mp-cancel-hs2-immediately-and-cut-all-it-s-funding. To watch the video, see https://youtu.be/LNfcteXOcfM

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.

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