My UKIP election address is arriving and the posters are going up. As predicted, Stockton North is turning purple.
Click the above image to see the full size article that appeared in the Gazette on April 25th. You can also view this article online here.
The BBC Challengers’ Debate has convinced a good friend of mine to vote UKIP on May 7th. I asked her why. She replied:
“When they all said that immigration wasn’t causing housing shortages etc etc etc… So we live on an island, which has a finite amount of space, we have net immigration of 300,000…and they all said it had nothing to do with anything. It’s not racist – it’s mathematics!”
With such common sense, you can see why she’s now a Ukipper 🙂
Not only is Stockton North a “two horse race” between UKIP and Labour, but many of the other constituencies in the North East are too. This was the theme of last Thursday’s campaign launch and the above article appeared in the Northern Echo on Friday 10th April (click the image to see a larger version). Vote UKIP – get UKIP.
The UKIP North East campaign was launched today in the Marriott Hotel at the Metro Centre. All the UKIP parliamentary candidates for the region were invited and the region’s MEP, Jonathan Arnott and parliamentary candidate for Hartlepool, Phillip Broughton, gave rousing speeches on UKIP policy.
Here are some photos we took of the occasion.
UKIP Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James and Deputy Party Chairman Suzanne Evans today launched a raft of policies to demonstrate that UKIP have a range of women and child friendly policies.
- 3,000 more midwives and 20,000 more Nurses for the NHS
- £130 million per year more to research Dementia, the leading cause of death among women (5th for men)
- No to the tampon tax (cost £15m)
- Ensuring all pregnant women and mothers of all children under the age of 12 months have direct access to specialist mental health treatment (Postnatal depression is suffered by 1 in 10 women).
- Plans to reduce childcare cost and improve wrap around childcare for all school-age children.
- Full support for current maternity and paternity rights, as well as adoption leave.
- Taking the lowest-paid (often women choosing to work part-time) out of tax altogether
- A points-based immigration system ending excessive competition for minimum wage jobs, again mostly taken by women
- Increase the transferrable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners to £1500 to benefit spouses who do not use all of their personal allowance either because they are at home looking after children, or work part-time and earn less than the threshold for income tax.
- More support for 6.5 million carers in UK, most of whom (58%) are women. They will get:
- An additional five-day leave entitlement
- Commitment to increasing Carers’ Allowance in line with inflation
- Commitment to keeping Carers’ Allowance at or above Jobseekers’ Allowance rate.
- Require faith-based tribunals to inform attendees of their rights under UK law, including making it clear they cannot be forced to attend and that the rulings from such hearings are not legally binding, to protect women in ethnic minority communities who may not know their rights.
- A zero tolerance approach to cultural practices that are either illegal or which conflict with British values and customs, including forced marriages, female genital mutilation and honour killings. We will enforce the law and prosecute where necessary.
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation):
- Introduce mandatory reporting for known FGM cases for front-line professionals such as teachers, GPs, nurses and police.
- Include awareness of FGM to the schools’ curriculum and make FGM awareness a mandatory part of safeguarding training for teachers.
- Provide mandatory training for all midwives on FGM
Read the unabridged article here.
I was invited onto BBC Radio Tees today to talk about UKIP’s defence policy. This was the first time I have been interviewed on the radio. You can tell I was nervous to start off with, but I relaxed as the interview progressed and hopefully got over the key points of UKIP’s defence policy – that UKIP will commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence, more than what Labour or the Tories are offering, which would amount to an increase of £16 billion over the next parliament. UKIP will also look after our veterans, giving them priority on housing, help with mental health issues and employment. You can read UKIP’s defence policy here.
Here is the inteview:
David Cameron has been telling UKIP voters “it’s time to come home”. How arrogant and out of touch he is. Here in Stockton North, UKIP has been making gains across the whole political spectrum. Certainly, a huge part of the support has come from former Labour voters, attracted by our policies on the minimum wage (those on minimum wage will pay not tax or national insurance), housing (no to the bedroom tax) and, of course, immigration. I have heard first hand stories of how some people in Billingham lost their jobs to cheap foreign labour.
If I’ve been doing a good job of getting my message across to those in the area who used to vote Conservative, they will understand that Stockton North is a two horse race between UKIP and Labour. So in this constituency, a vote for the Conservatives is in fact a vote for Labour. Rather than return to the Conservative ranks, and find themselves run by a puppet Ed Miliband with Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon pulling the strings, former Conservative voters need to stay with their new home, UKIP, the only party that Believes in Britain.
…was printed in The Northern Echo today