As you are probably aware, the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, was not invited to take part in last night’s programme on Sky, where David Cameron and Ed Miliband answered questions put to them by a studio audience.
Next week, we will be treated to the now infamous “seven way” debate – and further down the line, a Question Time style head to head. There’s even a grassroots petition calling for Nigel Farage to be included in this programme. (I’ve signed it. Have you?)
But what was clear from last night is that the two legacy parties are in complete agreement with one another:
- On Immigration
they want to continue with our open borders with the European Union;
- On Spending
they’ll all continue to increase Britain’s debt, and leave it to our children and grandchildren;
- On Defence
they want to cut our armed forces, yet keep sending them into foreign wars, under equipped;
- On Europe
they want continued membership, false “renegotiations”
- On Foreign Aid
they want to keep spending British money propping up foreign governments.
The list goes on and on, and on and on…
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I have been contact my a number of constituents who have requested that, if elected, I become a Breast Cancer Ambassador. Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer are uniting this spring to become the leading national breast cancer charity. The charities are committed to improving the treatment, support and care of people affected by breast cancer. The campaigning work is guided and informed by the views and experiences of people living with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Ambassadors take action for people affected by breast cancer in the constituency and do what they can to help to put an end to women dying from this disease. For example, I could raise the issue of breast cancer with our local health bodies and attend events in Parliament or in our constituency.
I know that Breast Cancer is a disease which touches so many lives and families and I would like to do what I can to help those affected, so yesterday I decided to promise to become a Breast Cancer Ambassador. This morning, I received the following confirmation:
I just wanted to reply on Mia’s behalf to say thank you so much for your response, it’s fantastic to hear that you’d like to become a Breast Cancer Ambassador in the next Parliament.
We’ve noted your response and we will be in touch with Ambassadors after the election to suggest a variety of ways in which you can take action to help us to overcome breast cancer throughout the next Parliament. If you have any questions or would like any more information before then, please just let me know.
Thank you again, we’re so grateful to have your support and look forward to working with you in the future.
Policy and Campaigns Assistant
I received this letter from a UKIP supporter who grew up in Hardwick.
I do appreciate that Labour turned up along with Ted, Gordon, John and myself. I know that you were in Blackpool that night (NB: I was at the UKIP North West conference in Blackpool which had all been prebooked.)
But after what Mr Cunningham said that night, my scepticism of Labour is even more intense.
I am from Hardwick myself. My mam and dad were one of the first families to move to that estate – I think in the late 50s, before I was born. I used to be a regular in the Sheraton Pub and when my dad died in 1999 we had his wake in there. It makes my blood boil the way that Labour have betrayed working class people and have muscled in on the threatened closure of the last pub on the Hardwick estate, when it was Ted and Gordon who stood up and spoke for local people.
I don’t believe that Cooke and Cunningham give a damn about the Sheraton pub and the people who live on Hardwick. The people I grew up with and most of my family still live there. I hope that you win Stockton North and give these people an MP who really cares and will stand up for them.
Unions have dismissed the Government’s fast-tracking of a compensation scheme for energy intensive industries in last week’s Budget, claiming the move will be a mere “blip” on company balance sheets of Teesside’s heavy industries (Gazette, 20th March).
The UK’s energy intensive manufacturing and chemical industries have been crippled in recent years by exorbitant energy bills caused by so-called green energy subsidies and the Carbon Trading scheme, imposed on companies by the Climate Change Act 2008. It is already too late to save some of our industry now – it has already moved to China and India where the EU Climate Change rules do not apply.
Ironically this move leads to an increase in global carbon emissions as the environmental standards in these countries are so much lower than those in the UK. China is still building cheap coal fired power stations at the rate of one per week! These moves result in both a loss of jobs in the UK and a loss of exports from the UK.
Roy Rickhuss, of the Stand up for Steel campaign, states that this is not a party political issue. However, I would say that it is. Only UKIP will repeal the Climate Change Act 2008 which costs the economy £18bn a year. UKIP will also abolish green taxes and charges in order to reduce fuel bills.
A team of Ukippers attended a meeting at the Sheraton Pub in Hardwick, this evening. The Sheraton is the last remaining pub in Hardwick, and the regular pub goers are concerned that their community pub is to be sold to be turned into a nursery. Members of the community have launched a “Save the Sheraton” campaign on Facebook and you can view it here.
We in UKIP are no strangers to Save the Pub Campaigns, and you can view Nigel’s opinions on our local pubs here:
Unfortunately I couldn’t be present as I am in Blackpool for the UKIP North West Spring Conference. However, to show support, the meeting was attended by the UKIP regional organiser Gordon Parkin, John Leathley, UKIP PPC for Sedgefield and Ted Strike, UKIP PPC for Stockton South.
John and Gordon spoke to me after the event. John said that Alex Cunningham, the current Stockton North Labour MP, attended and gave speech where he outlined his intention to contact a brewery which owned a viable pub for advice on what could be done to save the Sheraton. However, Mr Cunningham was shouted down by irate members of the audience who apparently felt that he was all talk and no substance.
Gordon Parkin spoke to those assembled and was well received with a great round of applause. Mr. Cunningham accused Gordon of saying that planners were receiving back-handers, but Gordon said no such thing. Other UKIP members present stood up and talked about writing letters individually to the planning committee to do their best to make sure that local views were taken into account. It is UKIP policy to always work in the best interests of local people.
Of course, Mr Cunningham has form with his insults. He agreed with his leader, Gordon Brown, that he was right to refer to Gillian Duffy as “that bigoted woman” when she questioned him on immigration. He only apologised to Mrs Duffy when he was forced to do so by his party leadership. And regular readers will recall the dreadful letter he sent me, full of nasty insinuations, which I received soon after I was selected by UKIP members to be the PPC for Stockton North.
Since writing the above, a UKIP councillor in Portsmouth, Julie Swan, has advised me of an update to the NPPF (National Policy Planning Framework) which now contains several national policies which are protective of pubs, most notably a requirement that planning authorities should guard against the loss of valued community facilities like pubs.
Two recent decisions by Planning Inspectors demonstrate the power and value of the NPPF for pub campaigners. Read more here.
In this week’s Gazette the present MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, says that I need to be “serious about politics”. He says that he is looking forward to debating the issues with me. However actions speak louder than words.
On 14 November 2014 Mr Cunningham asked on his online profile about UKIP’s policy on privatising the NHS. I answered him and said: “It is actually a Labour peer, Lord Winston, who suggested charging to see your GP and Labour who think that it is a good idea to privatise the NHS via PFIs – Private Finance Initiatives. The clue is in the name. The NHS is now repaying £300 billion over 25 years for a £50 billion loan. Only UKIP says no more PFIs.”
I also pointed out that we would save £2 billion a year by getting rid of health tourism, insisting that all visitors to the UK have NHS approved travel insurance.
If he wants to be serious about politics then maybe Mr Cunningham should not have deleted the answers that I gave to him – which he has. This is not an isolated instance. I also asked many more questions of him. All have been deleted without debate.
Recently he knocked on the door of a local resident, and told them that UKIP would privatise the NHS! Is he serious?
David Cameron, tell me what’s wrong?
Your MPs don’t really want you
In their eyes
You’re still in love with the EU
Oh that 1.7 billion
There is no way you won’t pay it
I can see that you think that we won’t notice
David Cameron, tell me the truth
Cos you can’t keep on deceiving
They will really keep on leaving
You were always sure of yourself
Now I see you’ve lost your direction
Saying, yes Angela, will lose you the election
Alex Cunningham, you and I know
How elections come and they go but this time you’re leaving
You’ll lose your safe Labour seat
To the UKIP girl
You will have no time for grieving
Alex Cunningham you’re gonna cry
Because Stockton North is turning purple around you
Over thirty years neglect will come to an end
And we’ll celebrate the purple
Thirty years will come to an end
And we’ll celebrate the purple
So the walls came tumbling down
Your campaign’s a blown out candle
All is gone and it seems too hard to handle
Alex Cunningham tell me the truth
There is no way you can deny it
With yet another smear to try to keep me quiet
If you enjoyed the song, or even if you didn’t, I’d love it if you could make a donation to my chosen local charity, Butterwick Hospice. Text UKIP99 plus the amount you want to donate to 70070. Eg, to donate £2, text UKIP99 £2 to 70070.
The Unite union said that protestors were concerned about foreign workers being used to undercut the wages of local workers.
Unite supports the Labour party. Ed Miliband has said a clear “no” to a referendum on our membership of the EU.
Unite also supports our membership of the EU. It is hypocritical of them to complain about the effect of foreign workers on wage rates, because nothing can be done about this problem while we remain inside the European Union.
UKIP supports controlled immigration on a points based system such as that used in Australia, not an open door policy which has led to wage deflation for manual workers. If Unite was really concerned about their workers on Teesside, they’d be campaigning for the same policy.
This letter was printed in the Northern Echo on 26th February.