The “Prince of Darkness ” speaks

Lord Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of  Durham 

Lord Mandelson must remain loyal to EU to guarantee pension …

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16 Mar 2009 – Lord Mandelson is not allowed to criticise the European Union if he wants to keep hold of his £31,000-a-year pension as a former European Commissioner, The Daily Telegraph has learned.… Lord Mandelson is entitled to the cash because he was the EU’s trade commissioner from November …

Public Enquiry – Old Coal Yard Site

The four day Public Inquiry into night time working on the Old Coal Yard site in Yiewsley/West Drayton starts at 10am in Committee Room 6 in the Civic Centre, Uxbridge, tomorrow (Tuesday 21st Feb).

Please come along if you can, a good turnout from local residents is vital if we are to stop Powerday from going ahead and massively increasing noise and congestion in Yiewsley and West Drayton. For further information about this issue, please click on the page ‘constituency and ward updates’ where details are on both the Uxbridge & South Ruislip page (For Yiewsley ward) and the Hayes & Harlington page (For West Drayton)

Heathrow Runway

UKIP noticeboard 180217Christine Taylor writes :-

I am furious! A third runway would destroy a huge part of our Heathrow Villages ward and force thousands of residents out of their homes but our Labour councillors are taking no interest whatsoever. They did not even realise there has been a consultation involving the third runway going on for the past two weeks!

 

Residents from Harmondsworth and Sipson turned up to the monthly surgery/meeting on Saturday 18th February to discuss local issues. Many of us have given up on these councillors’ ability to achieve anything so attendance has dwindled to about half a dozen or so.

 

Only two councillors turned up, Cllr June Nelson and Cllr Manjit Khatra turned up and neither could announce any progress on previously raised issues. I’m told that residents then began updating on the continuing problems that never get resolved. After nearly two hours, at about 11.50am, a resident who is distraught at the prospect of losing her home asked about the consultation.

 

The response was, “What consultation?”  This total lack of interest in such a serious issue is inexcusable.

 

Even when the resident handed them a consultation document from the Department for Transport titled, “Draft Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England”, the penny didn’t drop that this was a government consultation that they should know about and should be telling residents about. They blamed their ignorance on John McDonnell MP and his staff for not telling them.

 

They are our paid representatives but obviously not one of them had attended the Uxbridge consultation event last Tuesday, which was not far from Cllr Khatra’s house.  By contrast, I was at the first public event in Southall on Monday 17th February. I also spent most of Tuesday speaking to the DfT officials. In addition, I spoke to Sir Jeremy Sullivan who has been tasked with ensuring the consultation is “full and fair”.

 

I had spoken to Sir Jeremy Sullivan before and, amongst other things, raised the issue of transportation to any events that are not easily accessible. It later turned out that Heathrow Villages, the area that would be most affected by a third runway, had no consultation venue at all. After further conversations and correspondence with the DfT, I hope to have information soon on DfT buses to some of the local consultation events – particularly the West Drayton event on Saturday, 4th March.  This will also be posted on www.stopheathrowexpansion.co.uk

 

I am wearing my Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association hat to obtain this assistance for residents, as I am a co-opted member of the committee to support Harlington, which hasn’t had a functioning residents’ association for over a decade.

 

UKIP Defence Spokesman calls for European countries to increase defence spending

 

UKIP Defence Spokesman calls for European countries to increase defence spending

Posted on February 16

thumbnail_bill4.jpgUKIP Defence spokesman Bill Etheridge has called for European nations to increase their spending on defence.

The call comes as news emerged that the UK had failed to meet its pledge of 2% after an increase in GDP.

European leaders in Brussels received a warning from US Defence secretary Jim Mattis that allies must significantly increase their defense spending “if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance”.

Such has been the decline in spending since the break-up of the Soviet Union that the Belgian military was forced to ask the U.S. for hand-me-down flak jackets for its soldiers when it deployed domestically in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in recent years.

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