Here is the maiden speech that I gave to the UKIP Stockton branch meeting at the Station Hotel, Billingham on 14th October. I outlined the key issues for Stockton North and illustrated how UKIP intends to put an end to the thirty years of neglect by the Labour Party.
Today I visited the Moses Project in Stockton to find out a little more about this charity, which helps and supports literally hundreds of men who often find themselves in chaotic circumstances due to problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.
These men have somewhere they can go to where they can learn about positive lifestyles, gain new life skills and equally importantly – have fun.
The Moses Project works with local agencies including Lifeline and the Prisons and Probation services, and their aim is to increase the likelihood of the men gaining independence and integrating back into society.
The project is run entirely on charitable donations and staffed by volunteers.
Currently the centre is attended by in the region of 800 men, fortunately not all at the same time, and provides up to 70 meals a day. They also provide much needed food parcels to locals in dire need, referred by agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Lifeline.
The centre is in need of larger facilities to cope with the demand.
The Moses Project is a Christian charity with no political affiliations.
However, my belief is that charity begins at home, and this is certainly a charity that is worthy of our support.
Please click here to visit the Moses Project website for further information and to make a donation.
Ted Strike, UKIP PPC for Stockton South, and me were helping out John Bickley’s campaign today in Heywood and Middleton.
We were leafleting and canvassing a traditionally Labour area, but in most cases the voters felt they couldn’t relate to Ed Miliband and what the Labour Party has become at all. They felt let down by today’s political class.
Labour had a large majority at the last election, so it will be interesting to see how that majority will be dented, or maybe even surpassed, this time.
I had some fun at Billingham Carnival today. Had a go on a Tombola (I lost), bought some lovely Turkish desserts to remind me of our holiday and got some candy floss for my son.
Afterwards, I popped into The Smiths Arms to introduce myself, chat to the customers about UKIP and answer any questions they might have. I was very warmly received and one gentleman was even interested in standing to be a councillor for us, which was really encouraging.
Everyone who expressed a voting intention said that they would vote UKIP, siting uncontrolled immigration as a major issue as it has contributed to wage deflation.
Nigel Farage has a regular phone in slot on Nick Ferrari’s LBC radio show, which started today. The show is on from 9:00 to 9:30 am, every other Friday, and he answers questions from listeners. You can catch up on today’s show here: http://www.lbc.co.uk/watch-nigel-farage-live-on-lbc-96464
Next time, (26th September), Nigel will be speaking live from the UKIP Conference in Doncaster.
How can anyone believe a word that Labour says when they distribute this rubbish about UKIP policies in Clacton?
To be clear:
- UKIP will continue to make the NHS free at the point of access.
- UKIP would not scrap your holiday leave.
- UKIP would not charge you to see your GP (although Labour’s Lord Winston has suggested charging £200 for a GP visit), according to an article in the Daily Mail.
- UKIP does not support a flat rate of tax. And UKIP is the party that will reduce tax and national insurance contributions to zero for those on the minimum wage.
It has been well publicised that the by-election for Clacton, caused by the defection of Douglas Carswell to UKIP, and his subsequent resignation, will be held on October 9th. It is also no secret that UKIP are widely expected to win this by-election, due to their popularity in the constituency and Douglas Carswell’s personal popularity.
However, it has just been announced that there will be another by-election on the same day, which has been triggered by the death of Labour MP Jim Dobbin, who died on Saturday, aged 73. The fact that Labour have announced the date of the by-election before Jim Dobbin’s funeral breaches protocol and is disrespectful to his memory. It should be pointed out here that when the Tories announced a by-election date before a funeral had taken place, hypocritical Labour accused them of being disrespectful.
It seems that Labour are running so scared of UKIP beating them in this seat that they want to make sure that our people’s army’s resources are divided. Whilst Paul Nuttall, our deputy leader, accused Labour of “shoddy politics”, Steven Woolfe, UKIP MEP for the North West, told Granada Reports that Labour had shown “a cynical and disrespectful attitude to decency by calling an election on the 9th October.”
“They are more concerned in holding a quick election, no doubt to prevent a full campaign by UKIP who are breathing down their necks and allow the constituents an opportunity to fully test the principles and values of any candidate,” he added.
On September 18th, Scotland’s voters will decide whether to stay as part of the United Kingdom or go it alone as an independent country. The polls currently have the Yes and No vote neck and neck – “not a cigarette paper between them” you could say.
My view is that Scotland should remain as part of the UK. However, the amount of money that Scotland receives should be recalculated so that they receive less per person from Westminster. It is a ridiculous situation that the residents of Scotland and most of the EU receive free University tuition in Scotland, subsidised by English tax payers, who have to pay full whack.
Many people in the North East of England are worse off than those in Scotland, but are effectively subsidising the Scottish. This is blatantly unfair.