UKIP MEP Visits Scilly

MEP Lord Dartmouth

MEP Lord Dartmouth

One of Scilly’s Members of the European Parliament visited St Mary’s for the first time yesterday.

Lord Dartmouth, the son of Dame Barbara Cartland, is a hereditary peer who left the Conservative Party to join the UK Independence Party in 2007.

He was elected to the European seat, which covers a vast area from Gloucestershire to the islands and Gibraltar, in 2009.

Yesterday fifteen people turned up at the Scillonian Club to meet the MEP.

Lord Dartmouth says fishing regulations, immigration and what he calls “a fundamental disillusionment with the British political establishment” were the main discussion points.

Although the islands receive many millions of pounds in European funding through schemes like the Local Action Group and Porthcressa regeneration William feels Britain would be better out of the European Union, claiming for every £1 gained from the EU, the country pays out £2.60

He says we should spend our own money in our own way, and that should include a better airport and communications for the Isles of Scilly.

Lord Dartmouth says he’ll take away the message that transport issues are of key concern to islanders and has written to the government to ask for a subsidy to underwrite a new helicopter service.

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