“It is impossible not to compare the flooding this week to that of 2007 and the devastating effect floods have on homes, lives and businesses.
Right now we need to let the Environment Agency and emergency services get on with their jobs and I thank them most sincerely for the tireless work they are doing to keep people safe and reduce the risk of further flooding. My home and family have been directly impacted by flooding and I understand the pain that this sort of devastation can cause to peoples' lives.
Over the last few days I have been in contact with the Environment agency and I urge people across the South West not to take dangerous risks at this time - especially when driving. Signing up to the Environment Agency's flood alert service will give people the very latest news of any risk to their area.
Lets hope the waters subside very quickly without further loss of life and too much damage to property.”
Labels: Julie Girling
@treiziemeetoile Both convicted of fraud with suspended sentences.— Martyn Oates (@bbcmartynoates) November 30, 2012
Turner & McGoldrick convicted of fraud. Will UKIP now see the sense in my European Arrest Warrant? Or r they the criminals friends?— Graham Watson MEP (@grahamwatsonmep) November 30, 2012
Labels: William Dartmouth
“It’s no secret that the UKIP leader Nigel Farage is planning a purge of many, if not most, of the party’s existing 11 MEPs. He feels that too many of his MEPs up to now have been oddballs and eccentrics, too old, often lazy, sometimes corrupt. He thinks his MEPs don’t project the right kind of modern, serious image that will appeal to young people and those who’ve never voted for UKIP before.”
Around 8,000-12,000 people (many of them Spanish citizens) cross into Gibraltar every day to work and these people are being forced to endure hours of queuing both into and out of the territory. Current delays at the frontier exceed five or six hours and if deliberately imposed constitute a breach by Spain of the EU principle of freedom of movement of persons.
The government has also taken the decision to set up a video livestream of the frontier queue online 24 hours a day every day to allow people who want to go to Spain to monitor the state of the queue and also to gather further evidence of the delays.
“Even though Gibraltar is not part of the Schengen area or the EU customs union, these measures appear to be unreasonable,” he says in his question dated 29 November, asking: “in general, what is the Commission’s view on border checks at an external border of the EU where every car is inspected rather than spot checks being carried out? What opportunities does the Commission see for improving the situation?”
“I find that particularly interesting, bearing in mind my mailbag from constituents with concerns about Europe, because my Member State, the United Kingdom, comes about sixth or seventh on the list of petitioning countries, yet, from the perception of the way people in the UK view the EU, you would expect a higher proportion. I find that interesting.”
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