Sunday, 9 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
I've had a FANTASTIC morning at KicFM, a youth radio station in Wolverhampton.
I met with Rob and his team and I've learnt about the work they undertake here. There are a range of young people here, many of them who have the skills to work but have struggled to find jobs. This is about regaining confidence, helping with CVs and getting these guys social media savvy so they can be employed.
The main issue KIC faces is funding and I've left a copy of my EU funding guide with them in the hope that there is something they can apply for, and this is something I'm happy to support them with.
I was then interviewed by two seperate groups and I was shocked to learn that this was their first time interviewing people, they were excellent and asked me some really pertinent questions.
Groups like this SHOULD be invested in. If we do not invest in our youth, what message are we sending them? With youth unemployment such a hot topic, i'm so happy to learn of places like KICfm that are proactively supporting young people to ensure they do find work. They want to work!
Thursday, 6 March 2014
MEP NIKKI SINCLAIRE has criticised the UK Government – after they revealed they are NOT seeking EU grants put in place for events such as flooding.
The We Demand a Referendum Now MEP had written to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to urge them to apply for the EU solidarity fund.
In a reply from Dan Rogerson MP, he explains that the UK Government had no plans to apply for the fund as insurers had told them flood damage estimates were £400 million, yet the threshold to apply for the ESF is for damages over €3.7 billion.
The Government has ten weeks in which to apply for this funding.
Nikki Sinclaire MEP said,
“As net contributors to the EU, to apply for any funding we are simply asking for our own money back.
The Government should be applying for this money regardless – this is taxpayers money and they should be attempting to claim regardless.
David Cameron has promised whatever it takes to pay for flood damage, maybe he should be pushing harder to get our EU money back in this case”.
“We are often told that there are benefits to our EU membership, but why pay £52 million a day into this club when we can’t access the benefits of membership?
Other European countries are able to draw upon these funds when disaster hits – where is ours?
This is yet another reason for an In or Out EU referendum sooner rather than later”.
We Demand a Referendum Now Party candidate Mohammed “Andy” Adris MBE yesterday launched his election campaign at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Andy is second on the party list in the West Midlands. The elections will be held on Thursday 22nd May 2014 and anybody registered to vote that lives in the West Midlands is able to vote for Andy.
Number one on the We Demand a Referendum Now Party list is Nikki Sinclaire MEP. Since her election to the European Parliament in 2009, Nikki has staunchly worked to defend Human Rights across the world, taking a particular interest in Kashmir and other occupied zones. In keeping with UK belief in one’s right to self-determination Nikki and Andy are DOUBLING UP AND ARE calling for a Referendum on our continued EU membership and Kashmiri independence NOW!
In 1948 the Kashmiri people were promised a referendum to freely choose their own political future. Sixty six years later the Kashmiris are still waiting. At every opportunity, as friends of Kashmir, Nikki and Andy will highlight the plight of the Kashmiri people, alongside human rights abuses in Afghanistan and Gaza.
Mohammed Adris MBE said,
“Yesterday was a fantastic opportunity to launch my MEP campaign in Brussels.
I’m a working man who shares your daily experience of striving to make a living to support my family. I am not a professional politician and do firmly believe politicians must serve, listen to and respect the electorate.
If elected as an MEP I will report on fraud, corruption and waste in the EU and explain to all why Kashmir deserves its own free and fair referendum to decide its own political future. If you think you have a right to a REFERENDUM NOW, then please don’t follow the herd – follow us and be heard.”
Nikki Sinclaire MEP said,
“Here is a unique opportunity to elect our first Kashmiri MEP to the European Parliament. Andy is in an electable position if the Kashmiri people in the West Midlands support him.
We must continue to highlight the horrendous human rights abuses in Kashmir and push those in power to ensure that the referendum that the Kashmiri people were promised happens. In electing Andy the EU will be sent a strong message.
I am proud to be able to have Mohammed in such a prominent position on my list. I know that, if elected to the European Parliament, Andy would work just as hard as I have for the West Midlands”.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Today I spent some time with Jackie Passey and her team who were explaining that Droitwich Library is about far more than just books!
Libary cuts have been all over the news, but this is an example of a library that is adapting to suit the users growing needs. I've learnt that much of the demand is in the area of technology, teaching people how to use emerging technology or to access services that have moved online such as the job centre.
What impressed me was how impassioned the staff were about the work the library does.
I had a really enjoyable morning and now Droitwich library has its own copy of my book, Never Give Up.
This morning has been all about Droitwich!
My day started early today at TLC Networking at St Andrews Hotel in Droitwich Spa. I spoke about my role as an MEP, human rights and why I felt I should write my book, Never Give Up.
I really enjoyed myself at the Network Group - such a diverse group of people. I'll make sure to keep all of my goals S.M.A.R.T (do you know what that means?)
After the networking group finished, I made my way to Bras2U in Droitwich which is the business that Karen owns - she offers a high level of service to her own customers, and really cares about the business community in the local area. I agree with her - independent businesses are so important yet they aren't looked after like the large businesses who have preferential treatment in terms of time to pay invoices etc.
Karen, and her impressive daughter Chloe, have infectious enthusiasm. Loved spending time with them today.
Friday, 28 February 2014
It was great to meet Jim Lacey and his team at Smoke no Smoke Rugby on Friday talking all things ecig. This is a thriving business which is now threatened because of the ridiculous ecig ruling in the European Parliament. I will continue to fight this ban. On Tuesday, a delegation of vapers will meet me at the parliament in Brussels to protest.