Paul Nuttall canvasses voters in Stockton

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THE deputy leader of UKIP last night said he was “exceptionally confident” the party could win its first Euro seat in the North-East in May’s European elections.

Paul Nuttall, who was visiting Stockton to host a public meeting tonight (TUESDAY), said UKIP had trebled its membership in the region in the last three years and was on course to get at least one MEP elected here.

He accused Labour of no longer representing the “working man” and said: “I have thought since 2007 that the traditional Labour voter is there for the taking because these people have got nothing in common with New Labour and the Metropolitan elite. I don’t believe in political spectrums.”

The MEP also welcomed the BBC’s announcement that it would screen a live debate between deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage ahead of this year’s European elections, and said there would be a “national outcry” if UKIP was not involved in live television debates ahead of the 2015 General Election.

He also defended the party against recent criticism, accusing the main political parties of a witch hunt against UKIP.

Mr Nuttall said that at least one quarter of UKIP’s new MEPs would be women, deflecting criticism that his party was sexist.

UKIP North-East MEP candidate Richard Elvin joined Mr Nuttall on a stall in Stockton High Street as the party tried to woo potential voters.

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10:09am Thu 6 Mar 14

Copley23 says...

Give me a moment while I try and eat my own elbows.
Give me a moment while I try and eat my own elbows. Copley23
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10:43am Thu 6 Mar 14

behonest says...

There's a lot of truth in what UKIP is saying here.

"He accused Labour of no longer representing the “working man” ....
That's the most obvious truth. I just can't believe that anyone sitting in a working men's club, or anyone else, can honestly think in 2014 that 'Labour' represents the ordinary worker. They don't - they are as much a part of the political establishment as the Tories.

“The MEP also welcomed a live (BBC) debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage ahead of this year’s European elections” I look forward to this. Given how much Clegg and the Lib Dems love Europe, and how much Clegg has moaned about UKIP’s policy on Europe, he can hardly run away from a debate with UKIP on this issue.

“He also defended the party against recent criticism, accusing the main political parties of a witch hunt against UKIP.” Well everyone knows this is true, and it will only get worse as we approach the elections. It’ll be ‘racist’ (again!), ‘sexist’, ‘ageist’, ‘ist-ist’ and anything else the Labour and Tory establishment can throw at them.

But will ordinary voters fall for the establishment spin again though? We’ll find out in May.

I’ll be voting UKIP, along with many friends and colleagues – just for the hell of it in some cases!
There's a lot of truth in what UKIP is saying here. "He accused Labour of no longer representing the “working man” .... That's the most obvious truth. I just can't believe that anyone sitting in a working men's club, or anyone else, can honestly think in 2014 that 'Labour' represents the ordinary worker. They don't - they are as much a part of the political establishment as the Tories. “The MEP also welcomed a live (BBC) debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage ahead of this year’s European elections” I look forward to this. Given how much Clegg and the Lib Dems love Europe, and how much Clegg has moaned about UKIP’s policy on Europe, he can hardly run away from a debate with UKIP on this issue. “He also defended the party against recent criticism, accusing the main political parties of a witch hunt against UKIP.” Well everyone knows this is true, and it will only get worse as we approach the elections. It’ll be ‘racist’ (again!), ‘sexist’, ‘ageist’, ‘ist-ist’ and anything else the Labour and Tory establishment can throw at them. But will ordinary voters fall for the establishment spin again though? We’ll find out in May. I’ll be voting UKIP, along with many friends and colleagues – just for the hell of it in some cases! behonest
  • Score: 13

11:02am Thu 6 Mar 14

John Durham says...

I'm not sure that UKIP really represents the working man either - their main policy likely to put millions of them out of work!
I'm not sure that UKIP really represents the working man either - their main policy likely to put millions of them out of work! John Durham
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11:19am Thu 6 Mar 14

behonest says...

John Durham wrote:
I'm not sure that UKIP really represents the working man either - their main policy likely to put millions of them out of work!
Or put none of them out of work. Or create even more jobs!

No-one knows, so political scaremongering from Labour/Tory/Lib Dum will continue.
[quote][p][bold]John Durham[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure that UKIP really represents the working man either - their main policy likely to put millions of them out of work![/p][/quote]Or put none of them out of work. Or create even more jobs! No-one knows, so political scaremongering from Labour/Tory/Lib Dum will continue. behonest
  • Score: 15

11:59am Thu 6 Mar 14

sineater says...

Iff we leave the e.u. it will cost jobs,and that comes from a ukip candidate !! wait till they publish the report on the effect on jobs by immigration .
Iff we leave the e.u. it will cost jobs,and that comes from a ukip candidate !! wait till they publish the report on the effect on jobs by immigration . sineater
  • Score: -19

12:19pm Thu 6 Mar 14

The Grim North says...

Personally I'd rather revert back to living in a democracy like we used to.

Apart from MEPs there isn't a single job in the UK dependent of EU membership. The EU, like most left wing organisations and politicians, think they create wealth via high taxation and state spending. The EU has been a complete economic disaster (unless you are German). All of our MPs who supported the UK entry into the single currency should resign on the grounds of incompetence, or better still put against the wall and shot. The sooner it collapses and reverts back to a simple free trade area the better for all of us, especially the likes of Greece and Spain. Even the EUs absurd claims about taking credit for peace in Europe are now hanging by a thread as the EU is responsible for courting (bribing) the Ukraine to be future members of the union leaving the country on the verge of civil war.
Personally I'd rather revert back to living in a democracy like we used to. Apart from MEPs there isn't a single job in the UK dependent of EU membership. The EU, like most left wing organisations and politicians, think they create wealth via high taxation and state spending. The EU has been a complete economic disaster (unless you are German). All of our MPs who supported the UK entry into the single currency should resign on the grounds of incompetence, or better still put against the wall and shot. The sooner it collapses and reverts back to a simple free trade area the better for all of us, especially the likes of Greece and Spain. Even the EUs absurd claims about taking credit for peace in Europe are now hanging by a thread as the EU is responsible for courting (bribing) the Ukraine to be future members of the union leaving the country on the verge of civil war. The Grim North
  • Score: 8

12:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Sound common sense TGN. The EU is a corrupt undemocratic monstrosity. It has made life h*ll for the PIIGS where economies have been comprehensively trashed due to euro membership. Now France stands on the brink of disaster. How and when it will all end I don't know. But the boys and girls in Brussels won't care - they have cushy jobs protected by pay off deals and massive pensions.
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Blinded by hope for a better future I voted in favour of EEC membership. I was very wrong to do so.
Sound common sense TGN. The EU is a corrupt undemocratic monstrosity. It has made life h*ll for the PIIGS where economies have been comprehensively trashed due to euro membership. Now France stands on the brink of disaster. How and when it will all end I don't know. But the boys and girls in Brussels won't care - they have cushy jobs protected by pay off deals and massive pensions. . Blinded by hope for a better future I voted in favour of EEC membership. I was very wrong to do so. David Lacey
  • Score: 8

5:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

John Durham says...

The Grim North wrote:
Personally I'd rather revert back to living in a democracy like we used to.

Apart from MEPs there isn't a single job in the UK dependent of EU membership. The EU, like most left wing organisations and politicians, think they create wealth via high taxation and state spending. The EU has been a complete economic disaster (unless you are German). All of our MPs who supported the UK entry into the single currency should resign on the grounds of incompetence, or better still put against the wall and shot. The sooner it collapses and reverts back to a simple free trade area the better for all of us, especially the likes of Greece and Spain. Even the EUs absurd claims about taking credit for peace in Europe are now hanging by a thread as the EU is responsible for courting (bribing) the Ukraine to be future members of the union leaving the country on the verge of civil war.
You may say that there are no jobs in the UK dependent on EU membership but that is not what some business leaders say. They say 3 million jobs are at risk.

Now, you could also say 'they're bluffing' but thats a gamble - with the jobs of potentially 3 million people in the worst instance.

Take a lesson from Scotland - the result of Standard Life and some banks stating they will leave has had a greater effect on the polls with more now against independence since those announcements.

If we ever get to a vote in 2017 - which I doubt now - as one business after another threatens to move abroad, or claims their business will be hurt even if they stay, what odds would you give for a vote to leave. They'll be longer than they are now - and they're quite long now.
[quote][p][bold]The Grim North[/bold] wrote: Personally I'd rather revert back to living in a democracy like we used to. Apart from MEPs there isn't a single job in the UK dependent of EU membership. The EU, like most left wing organisations and politicians, think they create wealth via high taxation and state spending. The EU has been a complete economic disaster (unless you are German). All of our MPs who supported the UK entry into the single currency should resign on the grounds of incompetence, or better still put against the wall and shot. The sooner it collapses and reverts back to a simple free trade area the better for all of us, especially the likes of Greece and Spain. Even the EUs absurd claims about taking credit for peace in Europe are now hanging by a thread as the EU is responsible for courting (bribing) the Ukraine to be future members of the union leaving the country on the verge of civil war.[/p][/quote]You may say that there are no jobs in the UK dependent on EU membership but that is not what some business leaders say. They say 3 million jobs are at risk. Now, you could also say 'they're bluffing' but thats a gamble - with the jobs of potentially 3 million people in the worst instance. Take a lesson from Scotland - the result of Standard Life and some banks stating they will leave has had a greater effect on the polls with more now against independence since those announcements. If we ever get to a vote in 2017 - which I doubt now - as one business after another threatens to move abroad, or claims their business will be hurt even if they stay, what odds would you give for a vote to leave. They'll be longer than they are now - and they're quite long now. John Durham
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8:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mst007 says...

John,the 3.5 million jobs line is a popular "soundbyte" that is a fallacy. Its a figure often quoted by the other 3 parties but do you know where it comes from? Its from a 1999 report by The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (www.niesr.ac.uk). This is a well-respected organisation. I`ll quote an extract of the report for you -
"Detailed estimates from input-output tables suggest that up to 3.2 million UK jobs are now associated directly with exports of goods and services to other EU countries. This has given rise to popular concern that some of these jobs might be at risk if Britain were to leave the Union. Opponents of membership on the other hand argue that many of the benefits flowing from the increasingly integrated European Economic Area might still be available even if the UK were to withdraw, particularly since the Uruguay Round Agreement has imposed significant limits on the trade barriers that the EU can place on non-members. In conjunction with the potential gains from withdrawing from the Common Agricultural Policy and no longer paying net fiscal contributions to the EU, there is a case that withdrawal from the EU might actually offer net economic benefits"

As per usual, the spin has kicked in and now its "3 milion jobs will be lost" - no mention at all that the report actually stated it can go the other way with net economic benefits. Remember, no Govt, or Commission, creates real jobs, its trade that does that. As the EU exports FAR more to the UK than we do to them, this is a no-brainer.
John,the 3.5 million jobs line is a popular "soundbyte" that is a fallacy. Its a figure often quoted by the other 3 parties but do you know where it comes from? Its from a 1999 report by The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (www.niesr.ac.uk). This is a well-respected organisation. I`ll quote an extract of the report for you - "Detailed estimates from input-output tables suggest that up to 3.2 million UK jobs are now associated directly with exports of goods and services to other EU countries. This has given rise to popular concern that some of these jobs might be at risk if Britain were to leave the Union. Opponents of membership on the other hand argue that many of the benefits flowing from the increasingly integrated European Economic Area might still be available even if the UK were to withdraw, particularly since the Uruguay Round Agreement has imposed significant limits on the trade barriers that the EU can place on non-members. In conjunction with the potential gains from withdrawing from the Common Agricultural Policy and no longer paying net fiscal contributions to the EU, there is a case that withdrawal from the EU might actually offer net economic benefits" As per usual, the spin has kicked in and now its "3 milion jobs will be lost" - no mention at all that the report actually stated it can go the other way with net economic benefits. Remember, no Govt, or Commission, creates real jobs, its trade that does that. As the EU exports FAR more to the UK than we do to them, this is a no-brainer. Mst007
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Kerpow!!!!!
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Kerpow!!!!! . David Lacey
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

John Durham says...

Mst007 wrote:
John,the 3.5 million jobs line is a popular "soundbyte" that is a fallacy. Its a figure often quoted by the other 3 parties but do you know where it comes from? Its from a 1999 report by The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (www.niesr.ac.uk). This is a well-respected organisation. I`ll quote an extract of the report for you -
"Detailed estimates from input-output tables suggest that up to 3.2 million UK jobs are now associated directly with exports of goods and services to other EU countries. This has given rise to popular concern that some of these jobs might be at risk if Britain were to leave the Union. Opponents of membership on the other hand argue that many of the benefits flowing from the increasingly integrated European Economic Area might still be available even if the UK were to withdraw, particularly since the Uruguay Round Agreement has imposed significant limits on the trade barriers that the EU can place on non-members. In conjunction with the potential gains from withdrawing from the Common Agricultural Policy and no longer paying net fiscal contributions to the EU, there is a case that withdrawal from the EU might actually offer net economic benefits"

As per usual, the spin has kicked in and now its "3 milion jobs will be lost" - no mention at all that the report actually stated it can go the other way with net economic benefits. Remember, no Govt, or Commission, creates real jobs, its trade that does that. As the EU exports FAR more to the UK than we do to them, this is a no-brainer.
I did not say 3 million jobs would be lost - I said business leaders say they are at risk. But that wasn't the point I was making anyway.
As in Scotland its not about facts its about perceptions. Would Standard Life really leave - maybe not - but by saying so they have affected the poll figures against the pro-independence camp. Down to its lowest level yet.
Similarly if enough big employers say they might leave the UK if we pull out of the EU it doesn't matter if they really would or not - its about whether people think they might.
If a large proportion of big employers left it could cost us dearly - that is a fact. So its a gamble that voters have to take - just as in any election.
Not accepting the risk though - that is denial.
[quote][p][bold]Mst007[/bold] wrote: John,the 3.5 million jobs line is a popular "soundbyte" that is a fallacy. Its a figure often quoted by the other 3 parties but do you know where it comes from? Its from a 1999 report by The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (www.niesr.ac.uk). This is a well-respected organisation. I`ll quote an extract of the report for you - "Detailed estimates from input-output tables suggest that up to 3.2 million UK jobs are now associated directly with exports of goods and services to other EU countries. This has given rise to popular concern that some of these jobs might be at risk if Britain were to leave the Union. Opponents of membership on the other hand argue that many of the benefits flowing from the increasingly integrated European Economic Area might still be available even if the UK were to withdraw, particularly since the Uruguay Round Agreement has imposed significant limits on the trade barriers that the EU can place on non-members. In conjunction with the potential gains from withdrawing from the Common Agricultural Policy and no longer paying net fiscal contributions to the EU, there is a case that withdrawal from the EU might actually offer net economic benefits" As per usual, the spin has kicked in and now its "3 milion jobs will be lost" - no mention at all that the report actually stated it can go the other way with net economic benefits. Remember, no Govt, or Commission, creates real jobs, its trade that does that. As the EU exports FAR more to the UK than we do to them, this is a no-brainer.[/p][/quote]I did not say 3 million jobs would be lost - I said business leaders say they are at risk. But that wasn't the point I was making anyway. As in Scotland its not about facts its about perceptions. Would Standard Life really leave - maybe not - but by saying so they have affected the poll figures against the pro-independence camp. Down to its lowest level yet. Similarly if enough big employers say they might leave the UK if we pull out of the EU it doesn't matter if they really would or not - its about whether people think they might. If a large proportion of big employers left it could cost us dearly - that is a fact. So its a gamble that voters have to take - just as in any election. Not accepting the risk though - that is denial. John Durham
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