Latest Media Interviews and Speeches
Wednesday, May 08 2013
The Queens Speech
Mike Nattrass MEP tells Howard Bentham what he would have like
to have seen in the Queen's Speech
Tuesday, May 07 2013
relaxation of working restrictions for people from Romania and Bulgaria
Mike Nattrass MEP in debate with the Ambassador of Romania in
London, Dr Ion Jinga about the relaxation of working restrictions
for people from Romania and Bulgaria.
Tuesday, April 23 2013
Should the M6 toll be free.
In July this year a trial takes place to allow members of the
Road Haulage Association to use the M6 Toll for free. The result
of this trial may well support the case for
Saturday, 23 March 2013
9 mins 15 secs
UKIP Spring Conference 2013
Mike Nattrass's speech on transport to the conference in Exeter.
Monday, March 25 2013
Mike Nattrass talks to Adrian Goldberg at Radio WM about
uncontrolled immigration and how this affects our ability to
properly budget for infrastructure which leads to increased
pressure in housing, hospitals, schools etc. Also mentioned is
the effect uncontrolled immigration has on the jobs market.
Monday, March 18 2013
Scrap the Tolls Protest
Mike Nattrass talks to Eric Smith at Radio Shropshire about
the Countrywide Scrap the Tolls Protest which, in the West
Midlands is taking place at the M6 Toll at Cheslyn Hay.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
David Cameron promises EU referendum - again
Shane O'Conner talks to Mike Nattrass MEP about David
Cameron's promise to hold a referendum on the EU.
David Cameron has again promised to hold a referendum once he has negotiated a new deal with Europe but, only if the Conservatives are returned to power with a majority.
Mike compares Cameron to the little boy who cried wolf and points out that he has made referendum promises before Click here for previous EU referendum promises.
Wednesday, January 16 2013
MEP blasts Twitter
Phil Upton talks to Mike Nattrass MEP about a twitter acoount
that was set up which falsely uses Mike's name plus
"MEP" and displaying an official EU-owned photograph of
Twitter, were advised about the situation in December 2012 and finally suspended the account this week after Mike contacted the Police. They failed to check the identity of the fraudsters posing as the MEP.
Click here for the full story.
Monday, January 07 2013
Adieu to the EU
Annie Othen talks to Mike Nattrass MEP, Doug Squires, and
Professor Simon Bulmer about our place in the EU, what has it
done for us and what would happen if we left and asks:
Is it now time to say 'Adieu to the EU'.
Tuesday, January 01 2013
40 Year anniversary
Britain has been a member of the EU for 40 Years. Mike gives his thoughts on what the EU has done for us during this time.
Monday, November 26 2012
Children removed from UKIP foster parents
Rotherham council have removed 3 children from their foster parents because the parents are members of UKIP.
Wednesday, November 21 2012
EU Recycling targets cost Councils
Although Councils in Hereford and Worcester are only sending a third of their waste to landfill, the fines have now doubled. Incineration is now seen as the answer. Mike Nattrass explains the potential pitfalls and why European landfill targets are a 'one size fits all' solution.
Friday, 21 September 2012
UKIP Conference 2012
Doctor Who says “No Vine in Vine Gums?” ... or
Mike Nattrass's speech on transport to the conference in Birmingham.
Monday, July 9 2012
Another cast iron promise?
As David Cameron holds out the posibility of a referendum on
whether we remain in the European Union, Mike Nattrass MEP
comments that this is like the little boy crying wolf.
He also explains why, if we left the EU, we would not see a reduction in trade with Europe.
Saturday, June 2 2012
A referendum on Europe
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said of a referendum on
Britain’s relationship with the European Union "I
cannot think of anything sillier to do than hold a referendum.
I’m not keen on referendums, I see no case for this
Mike Nattrass MEP and Michael Cashman MEP discuss Ken Clarke's comments and the mounting calls for a referendum.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
The Greek financial crisis
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg about the Greek financial crisis, the potential collapse of the Euro and the impact it could have on the West Midlands.
Thursday, March 29 2012.
Mike Nattrass MEP in the EU Parliament in Brussels speaking about concerns on EU citizenship.
A patriotic pensioner from Walsall came under the spotlight in Brussels when his letter to MEP Mike Nattrass, calling for advice on how to renounce EU citizenship, was read out in the European Parliament.
Eighty-three-year-old Alan Sheath, who lives in Portland Road, Aldridge with his 83-year-old wife Dorothy, says he is determined to fight Brussels bureaucrats all the way and has enlisted the help of Mr Nattrass to seek ways in which to reject imposed EU citizenship and defend his “birthright” of being a UK citizen.
Also available to watch at http://www.ukip.tv/
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
The Politics show - Our Economy
Mike Nattrass MEP talks about the effect Eu regulation is having on local businesses
Monday, 19 March 2012
Roads - pay as you go?
The Coalition Government are proposing to put private
companies in charge of maintaining our roads using funding from
the private sector.
Mike Nattrass MEP and Mark Garnier MP discuss the issue.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
For the love of cod do not do this - SAY NO
Speech given by Mike Nattrass MEP at the European Parliament
Strasbourg on the Icelandic application to join the EU.
Mike's message to Iceland is: If you join you will loose your fish, your freedom and your currency.
For full transcript click here.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012.
Mike Nattrass on the Politics Programme Part 1.
Mike Nattrass, West Midlands UKIP MEP on the Politics Programme, Revelation TV (Satellite Channel), 22:2:12. Part 1. Edited highlights from the programme chaired by Rev George Hargreaves with guests: Mike Nattrass, Mark Taylor, and Pastor Fred Plumb. A live debate. This section is edited but concentrates on mainly EU related issues: Greek debt, national sovereignty interference and the Euro. Thankyou Revelation TV for ensuring viewers hear about how EU membership affects the UK.
Saturday, 4 February 2012.
Mike Nattrass suggests the M6 Toll should be nationalised.
It would appear that there is a direct correlation between the
increase in M6 Toll charges and a reduction in the number of
drivers using the Toll road.
With toll charges due to rise again, more traffic will be pushed on to the M6.
Mike suggests that the Toll road should now be brought back into public ownership.
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Top Totty banned from the Strangers' bar.
Mike Nattrass MEP and Yvonne Roberts talk to Danny Kelly about moves by the House of Commons to throw out Stafford Brewer, Slaters fine beer 'Top Totty' after shadow equalities minister Kate Green said she was "disturbed" to hear it was on sale in The Strangers' Bar.
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Plans to widen the M6 are just a 'sticking plaster'
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Phil Upton about the proposals to widen the M6.
The Highways Agency are planning to spend around £130 million between Junction 5 Castle Bromwich and Junction 8 the M5 to use a managed traffic system which campaigners say will just be a sticking plaster.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Andrew Easton at BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Andrew Easton about comments made by The Church of England's Europe spokesman in the House of Lords.
The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Reverend Christopher Hill, who chairs the House of Bishop's Europe Panel has criticised David Cameron's EU veto, warning against the isolation of Britain from the rest of Europe. He has also condemned the British government's policy toward the European Union (EU) describing it as “disastrous.”
Fri, 16 Dec 2011.
Europe - Where are we going
Tony Fisher BBC radio Hereford and worcester talks to Mike
Nattrass MEP, Malcolm Harbour MEP, Emma Reynolds MP and Phil
Bennion (LibDem) about whether David Cameron's refusal to
sign up to an EU deal designed to save the Euro will cost us jobs
and less power on the international stage.
Thursday, 10 December 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg at BBC Radio WM
Mike Nattrass MEP comments on the view put forward by Richard Murphy from Tax Research UK that David Cameron's veto now makes the City of London a tax haven which threatens democracy, undermines economies and will result in job losses
Wednesday, 9 November 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Andrew Easton at BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has launched a stinging attack on a European court ruling that could hit British beekeeping.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that all jars of honey may have to be relabelled to say they contain pollen and this judgment means producers will have to show the pollen is not genetically modified. See full story
Wednesday, 2 November 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg at BBC WM
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg about the Greek Crisis and proposed bail-out
Sunday, 23 October 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP on the Politics Show
Mike Nattrass MEP, Emma Reynolds MP and Malcolm Harbour MEP discuss the height of HGV's, the EU referendum and fish & chips.
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Monday, 24 October 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Phil Upton at BBC WM
Mike discusses the in-out EU referendum with Emma Reynolds MP
Monday, 3 October 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks Joanne Malin at BBC WM
Mike discusses the continuing Euro crisis with Emma Reynolds MP
Monday, 27 April 2011.
Mike Nattrass MEP talks to the BBC's Patrick Burns
Mike outlines the party's policies for this year's council elections and explains how EU legislation is affecting local issues.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010.
Mike Nattrass comments that the EU is incapable of overseeing the single market.
States have been given ten years to comply with the legislation but some large egg producers have still not met the requirements. For those that have, it has been at tremendous cost. If the EU now extends the deadline, producers that haven't complied will have an unfair advantage which could result in the closure of those that have.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010.
MEPs call for fairness on new egg rules
Mike Nattrass and Nikki Sinclaire are using a "written
declaration" to call on the European Parliament to impose
tough sanctions on member states who choose to ignore new rules
outlawing the sale of eggs from non-enriched cages.
This is the first time a UKIP MEP has used this official form of attack.
Mike comments - This will lead UK egg producers to go out of business ... because they HAVE complied with the EU regs!!
More on this story in theFarmers Guardian
Monday, 27 September 2010.
Mike Nattrass talks to BBC WM about 'rip off' EU
Mike talks to Ed Doolan at BBC WM about his job as a MEP, returning Sovereignty to the UK and the poor financial return we get from the EU.
Monday, September 20 2010.
Mike Nattrass interview on Roma explusions by France - BBC Radio Shropshire
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass discusses whether the French can, as a member of the European Union, expel the Roma
Thursday, 12 August 2010.
Mike talks to Ed Doolan at BBC WM about the EU imposition of a £150,000,000 fine.
The EU has instructed the British Government to collect around
£150 million in fines because of failures to prominently
display the EU flag or logo where European funding is
Local organisations and businesses have also been fined including the YMCA and Advantage West Midlands.
Mike discusses all of this as well as the lack of interest in
why we don't get fined when we don't fly our national flag and why we can't fly the European flag upside down.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Labour MEP calls for EU Rail Privatisation.
Mike Nattrass, MEP, European Parliament, Strasbourg - March
Debate: Implementation of the first railway package Directives.
'UK Independence' from the cd 'The Road Out of Europe'
In 1998 Keith, my brother in law sang this track and composed
the music - the words were mine.
Keith was killed on his motorbike in May 2002 and is missed.
Mike Nattrass July 5 2010
Thursday, May 9 2013
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass welcomes a damning new
report by a Whitehall watchdog which raises serious concerns over
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass says the Government should now stop HS2 following the publication of a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) which warns that the rail project has an estimated funding gap of over £3 billion.
Thursday, May 9 2013
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass says the political landscape
in Britain is turning increasingly purple as support for UKIP
continues to soar following the recent County Council
Following the Party’s historic gains in the County Council elections, a post election YouGov/Sun poll shows 16 per cent of those surveyed would support UKIP. Just nine per cent said they would back the Lib Dems.
Monday, April 22 2013
MEP Mike Nattrass says a decision to give lorries free use of
the M6 Toll road throughout July could backfire on the
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass says the trial scheme giving lorries free access to the toll road in July will produce evidence supporting nationalisation.
Friday, April 19 2013
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass says HS2 should be
given the red signal following the publication of a new report
which shows the amount train users pay for their tickets is
rising while the Government subsidy for railways is
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass says the new report, by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), shows the Government is in a mess over transport as Ministers want to blow billions of pounds of public money on HS2, while expecting train passengers to dig deeper into their pockets to subsidise existing railways.
Monday, March 25 2013
UKIP Party Leader Nigel Farage will be rolling into the West
Midlands next week when his County Council election battle bus
stops off in the Region.
The UKIP Party Leader, who was voted Politician of the Year, will be travelling to Worcester and Staffordshire on April 3rd and April 4th respectively to flag up UKIP’s policies and ongoing campaigns which include opposing HS2 and windfarms.
Thursday, March 14 2013
Campaigners from across the West Midlands will be out in force
next Monday (March 18) to hold a protest calling for the M6 Toll
to be scrapped.
UKIP West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass will be among protesters from across the West Midlands Region who will display ‘Scrap The Tolls’ banners and placards.
This protest will take place the same day as similar ‘Scrap The Tolls’ protests will be taking place at the Dartford Crossing and charge zones across the country.
Thursday, March 7 2013
West Midlands UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass has responded to reports
this week that the Secretary of State for Transport is attempting
to accelerate the speed with which HS2 will be imposed on an
HS2, like HS1 before it, is part of the pan-European high speed rail network serving the EU ‘empire’ but funded by UK taxpayers.
Wednesday, March 6 2013
UKIP Party Leader Nigel Farage will make a two-day visit to
the West Midlands.
On 3rd April at 7pm Nigel Farage MEP will be holding a public meeting at the Guildhall, Worcester. Entry to the event is free and all are welcome.
The UKIP Party Leader, who was voted Politician of the Year, will also be visiting Newcastle-Under-Lyme at 11am on Thursday, April 4. The tour of the region is to promote UKIP’s May County Council election campaign and outline UKIP policies including UKIP’s total opposition to HS2.
Wednesday, February 20 2013
"Generations of Dartmoor, Exmoor and New Forest
ponies have been consumed on the Continent. Most animal loving
Brits look on in disgust as horses have always been our faithful
friends and this issue has clouded the debate on horsemeat
contamination. The real point is that the EU managed system of
food labelling and meat quality control has lead to fraud,”
said Mike Nattrass MEP..
Tuesday, February 12 2013
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass says the Government
will get a rough ride from cash-strapped motorists if it imposes
an annual charge to use motorways and trunk roads in
The Government is currently considering a host of options, including bringing in an annual charge to use motorways and major routes, in a bid to reform Vehicle Excise Duty.
Tuesday, January 29 2013
The North South divide is set to get wider, says UKIP
Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass, thanks to the envisaged next
phase of HS2.
Mike Nattrass MEP fears jobs and vital skills will travel as fast as a high speed train out of the West Midlands and the North as a result of Government plans to plough ahead with HS2 and the preferred Phase Two route north of Birmingham.
Tuesday, January 22 2013
Commenting on David Cameron’s EU speech, UKIP West
Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass said: “The Prime Minister was
forced into making his statement because of the pressure being
put on him, and his Party, by UKIP.
“Before elections Mr Cameron has consistantly made cast iron pledges about the EU and then after those elections has consistantly said "Now is not the right time to hold a referendum." So like the little boy who cries wolf, nobody now believes him.
Tuesday, January 22 2013
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has warned that the freedom of
the British press could be imprisoned by a raft of EU rules which
could muffle free speech and give Brussels ’ bureaucrats
the power to sack journalists.
The UKIP MEP fears investigative journalism could become a thing of the past, as the EU looks poised to grab control of national media regulation.
Wednesday, January 16 2013
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has urged Internet users to be
on their guard against a twit who is posing as the UKIP MEP on
UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass has this week blasted Twitter for allowing an account which falsely uses his name plus "MEP" and displaying an official EU-owned photograph of Mr Nattrass.
Tuesday, January 8 2013
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass says the coalition
Government is doing the reverse of working in Britain’s
national interest by pledging to push ahead with HS2.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass, who is a member of the EU’s Transport & Tourism Committee, has attacked the Government’s 46-page mid-term review which states the coalition’s commitment to the multi-billion pound high speed rail project between Birmingham and London.
Thursday, January 3 2013
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass says there is no light
at the end of the tunnel for long-suffering rail users as above
inflation fare rises hit the ticket booths.
The West Midlands MEP says the introduction of inflation-busting rail fares is an insult to regular train travellers who suffer using a second class service which is blighted by delays and overcrowded carriages.
Tuesday, December 11 2012
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass has called London
Midland to get its act together and stop delivering a second
class train service to passengers.
The West Midlands MEP says the under-fire train operator is desperately letting down regular rail users and said he supports Centro’s drive to take over the franchise when London Midland’s current contract expires in 2015.
Wednesday, November 28 2012
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has attacked Government calls
for more homes to be built in the countryside to tackle the
nation’s housing crisis.
UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass, a chartered surveyor, says the Government should go back to the drawing board and reject plans which could lead to the loss of more than 1,500 square miles of open countryside and precious green belt land.
Monday, November 19 2012
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has called on the Government
to show some ‘backbone’ and defy the EU over
prisoners voting rights.
This week, Parliament is set to vote on whether to comply with a European Court of Human Rights ruling which could bully Britain into scrapping its current blanket ban on prisoners voting.
Tuesday, November 6 2012
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass is demanding answers from
Eurocrats following today’s news that the EU budget has
failed to get a clean bill of health for the 18th year in a
The UKIP MEP says at a time of economic austerity it is “scandalous” that the EU continues to be gripped by corruption and waste.
European Union auditors today said the 2011 EU budget showed billions of euros are still being wasted every year.
Tuesday, October 30 2012
The financially imprudent EU is in the news again, and here in
Strasbourg I’m reflecting on the squalid 6.8 per cent EU
budget increase approved the other day by MEPs.
To understand why the increase won their support, consider this: unless they’re German, British, scandinavian or Dutch, MEPs will vote through every increase, knowing that overall their country doesn’t contribute a cent to the EU. Yet despite this MEPs from Bulgaria, romania, latvia, hungary, Greece, Portugal, Spain and the other member states have voting rights equal to those from countries that do pay.
Monday, November 5 2012
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has attacked an EU “VAT
home-breaker” which could cripple Britain ’s fragile
UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass, a Chartered Surveyor, says EU attempts to introduce 20 per cent VAT on new homes would have a disastrous impact on the UK ’s housing market and on its house building industry.
Tuesday, October 30 2012
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass says out of touch
class-ridden plans to introduce a two-tier road tax regime, will
force poorer motorists onto minor roads, reduce their freedom and
increase pollution and congestion.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass, who is a member of the EU’s Transport & Tourism Committee, says charging drivers higher road tax to use motorways and major A roads will increase traffic in town and city centres and push poorer motorists onto the minor roads.
Tuesday, October 23 2012
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has welcomed the results of a
major new poll which shows most voters want to see Britain leave
the European Union.
UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass says the results of the Survation poll, which found only 34 per cent of people wanted to stay in the European Union, show the majority of Brits want to see the UK pull out of the EU.
Thursday, October 11 2012
A major campaign to derail the proposed multi-billion pound HS2 project has been dealt a bitter blow by the Government’s new Transport Secretary who this week announced his intention to fast—track the plans.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has come under fire
from UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass and members of the
Stop HS2 campaign for stating his intention to defy “grief
and “hassle” from backbenchers and “crack
on” with HS2.
Tuesday, October 9 2012
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass has welcomed calls by a West Midlands’ transport boss for the M6 Toll to be nationalised.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has this week praised Centro
Chief Executive Geoff Inskip for increasing pressure on the
Government for the road to be put back into public
Monday, October 8 2012
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass has criticised controversial calls for pay-as-you-go “Lexus Lanes” to be introduced on British roads.
MEP Mike Nattrass says the Government should return to the
drawing board amid mounting fears that roads could fall into
private hands despite the abject failure of the M6 Toll in the
Monday, October 1 2012
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass took part in a lively public debate in Stone last week.
The MEP, who is UKIP’s national Transport Spokesman,
held a well attended public meeting at The Stone House Hotel, in
Stafford Road, last Friday (September 28th).
Tuesday, September 25 2012
UKIP transport spokesman Mike Nattrass fears the Government is on the verge of opening Pandora’s box after its Lib Dem Transport Minister spoke out in favour of introducing black boxes in cars and charging motorists for every mile they travel.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass, who is a member of the
EU’s Transport & Tourism Committee, says the spy in the
sky suggestion by Transport Minister Norman Baker to replace road
tax with pay-as-you-drive tolls shows the coalition Government is
Wednesday, September 12 2012
Hundreds of delegates from across the UK will be flooding into
Birmingham when the city’s prestigious Town Hall plays host
to UKIP’s Annual Conference next week.
UKIP West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass, national Transport
Spokesman for the Party, will be among a list of speakers who
will promote the Party’s policies and remind the public and
other parties that unless the UK Government takes a grip on
stopping the gifting of control to the EU, there will be little
to administer from Westminster.
EU Regulations Affecting :-
- Animal Welfare
British taxpayers are subsidising Spain's sadistic 'blood fiestas' which cruelly kill thousands of bulls every year.
Almost a dozen European Union member states could continue producing eggs from battery hens despite an EU ban on their sale which is due to come into affect from January 1 2012.
- County Councils
Another incinerator is being considered by the Government at Hartlebury following the County Council's fight against local protests, but are the facts really understood? asks Mike Nattrass the local UKIP MEP.
Campaigners fighting controversial proposals to erect six 126-metre wind masts in Brineton are jubilant following South Staffordshire Council's decision to refuse the scheme.
- Criminal Law
UKIP West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass says the ongoing nightmare endured by Edmond Arapi shows the European Arrest Warrant system is flawed and should be suspended pending a thorough enquiry.
MEP Mike Nattrass has called for the EU gravy train to be derailed following embarrassing revelations that the European Union wrongly spent billions of pounds from its budget last year.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass states the Government has made a multi-billion pound blunder after giving the go-ahead for a high speed rail line between Birmingham and London.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass fears struggling British hauliers could be driven out of business by EU green tolls.
Church leaders at a place of worship in Birmingham say they are ‘content’ to allow parking to continue on top of historic gravestones, much to the dismay of West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass.
A concerted campaign has been launched to preserve a green belt site bordering a popular nature conservation area in the Black Country.
Permanent planning permissions have been granted to a meat processing plant and nearby sheep holding facility in Birmingham despite massive local opposition from residents and businesses.
The M6 Toll, which was designed to be a relief road, has been an abject failure. Figures show fewer and fewer vehicles are using this road but despite this trend MEL, which posted £49 million losses last summer, will be hitting motorists with increased toll charges from March.
Armed Forces Issues
UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass, whose father served as an RAF World War Two Lancaster pilot, is calling on the nation to support a major campaign for the bravery of Bomber Command to be honoured.
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has this week called on the coalition Government to secure the future of the Stafford-based Gurkha 248 Signal Squadron.
“The nation that gave birth to Drake, Cook, and Nelson, might know a thing or two about the sea,” says Mike Nattrass MEP.