Why we still need UKIP

Sir,

I am regularly being asked the question, “is there any point in UKIP now?”
The short answer is, of course there is, but this needs to expanded upon.
Firstly although a majority voted to quit the EU in a referendum around 2 years ago we are still far from achieving the will of the people. UKIP needs to be around to keep the message current and promote any issues as they arise.
Secondly when we have finally withdrawn completely from the grips of the EU the country needs to look at its own internal politics. The Green Party are a sideline group, the LibDems have more or less imploded and Labour has moved so far to the left as to become, nationally, unelectable. The Conservatives live to support big business and the hugely wealthy. For the rest of the working population and the retired any crumbs that fall to them are as a result of conservative policies designed for the super rich. We need a party who is willing to look after the working population who create the current wealth and the retired population who have created the carried forward wealth.

We need to ditch some of the more ridiculous policies , for instance the idea of a legally binding 0.7% of GDP being given in foreign aid. It often goes no further than the government to whom it is given and often to those who are already wealthy countries. In its place, and as we will then be able to make our own decisions as to whom we trade with, we would introduce trade deals where the aid would go in fair prices to the farmers and manufacturers in third world countries. In this way the help would go directly to those people who would benefit and need the support.
Yes there is an on-going need for UKIP and particularly with the current intransigence of the Government’s Brexit negotiating team.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Baker,

Treasurer UKIP North Norfolk Constituency,
Church Farm,
West Beckham.

Eastern Daily Press – 12 June 2018

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Carry on Brussels

 

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Dear Fellow UKIP Members

For several months last year I participated in the making of a three-part documentary film for Channel 4 entitled ‘Carry on Brussels’.

Not to worry, it wasn’t for Channel 4 News and Current Affairs but by an independent production company named October Films. The film crew followed a designated MEP from each of the UK political parties in their work in the Parliament.

The central subject was Brexit – not the nuts and bolts of the leaving process – rather the personal motivations and actions of the MEPs from across the political spectrum, Leavers and Remainers (mostly Remainers).

I was asked to be the UKIP MEP in the film, and filming ceased at the end of 2017.

The three episodes are to be broadcast:
•Wednesday 23rd May 10 pm
•Wednesday 30th May 10 pm
•Wednesday 6th June 10 pm

You can see the trailer for the film by going to this link or clicking on the photo above:

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/carry-on-brussels-clips

I’ll leave it to you to decide how well, or not, I do. I look forward to your comments.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Batten MEP
UKIP Leader

Meeting with David Kurten

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Dear Members,

A Norfolk meeting  has been arranged with David Kurten, UKIP Education Spokesman and London Assembly Member.

He will be talking on the state and future of UKIP, and why it is still relevant in the present political climate.

That meeting has now been finalised as follows……….
TUESDAY MAY 29th
19.30
Morton Suite
Wensum Valley Golf Club
Beech Avenue
Taverham
Norwich
NR8 6HP

The meeting kicks off at 19.30 although we have the venue booked from 18.00.

The meeting is free and everyone welcome to attend.

Alexander (Sandy) Wood

Chairman UKIP North Norfolk

Let’s wait for Brexit results

Dear Sir,

Rather than speculating and quoting dubious facts and figures to discredit Brexit may I suggest that Mr Hansell [Letters 25 April] considers waiting until the precise exit terms are known before making further comment. Don’t forget that if the Remainers’ campaign was correct we should have suffered financial meltdown, mass unemployment and World War III by now!

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham

Eastern Daily Press – 10th May 2018

We’ll be proud nation again

Dear Sir,

I cannot believe that Mr Taylor [Letters 11 April] still does not understand what is meant by “escaping the shackles of the EU”. Leaving the EU will, for example, give us the ability to make our own laws and regulations, to control our borders and fishing rights, to trade with whom we choose as well as restoring our democracy, freedom and the right to be in control of our own destiny. I agree that the escape might not be easy but this is the democratic will of the British people. However I am confident that we will, as in the past, rally round to once more become a successful, proud, independent nation befriending, cooperating and trading with the entire world including the remaining countries of the EU.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham

Eastern Daily Press – 1st May 2018

Message from Gerard Batten

Local Election Results
Dear Fellow UKIP Members,

The English local election results are of course disappointing to say the least. We all knew it was going to be a difficult night but we worked and hoped for the best.

First of all let me commend and thank all our former councillors, candidates, and activists who put in so much hard work over the years for the Party and the cause we believe in.  These unsung heroes and heroines sacrificed their own time, effort and money in the interests of democracy.  Thanks also to all the loyal UKIP voters who stayed with us at this difficult time.

There is also some good news in this election.

A preliminary estimate of sixteen councils shows UKIP achieved an average of 7.5% of the vote.

When all the results are known we hope to have achieved an average of between 5% to 7% of the vote (across the seats we contested).

If you recall, in the General Election of 2017 UKIP had sunk to just 1.8% of the vote overall or approximately 3% across the seats where we stood (378).

Recently an opinion poll for UKIP still put us on only 3% nationally (YouGov).

When all the numbers are finally crunched, if we are indeed on between 5% to 7% of the vote then this represents a definite uplift in our support.

This is significant because the percentage difference between the Conservative and Labour parties is currently running at about 5%  (Cons 43%  Labour 38% YouGov, April)

In a General Election, the ability to command 5% or more of the vote has a significant impact on the votes, and seats, of the Lib-Lab-Con. 

That is why the political and media establishments are saying UKIP is dead.  They want us dead – but UKIP is still very much alive.

Certain results deserve a special mention.

In Derby, we held a seat and won two new seats.  UKIP Councillor Alan Graves held his seat on 58% of the vote, and new UKIP Councillor Paul Bettany displaced the sitting Labour leader of the council on 40% of the vote.  They are obviously doing something right and the Party needs to learn from them. In the results for Redditch, Winyates ward saw UKIP with 23.2% of the vote. We are still awaiting confirmation of some results.

In Burnley, UKIP Councillor Tom Commis also won a seat – well done Tom!

Our candidates and activists in Rochdale held the Labour council to task on the Grooming Gang/Sex Slavery issue and achieved a very respectable 13.8% of the vote.

We all knew the result would be disappointing but UKIP is still in the fight.  Now we have to regroup, reorganise and rethink – and come out fighting again next time.

Have a relaxing week-end and an enjoyable Bank Holiday on 7th May.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Batten MEP
UKIP Leader

Escaping the Shackles of the EU

Dear Sir,

Mr Taylor [letters 4 April] suggests that those who voted to leave the authoritarian EU to secure democracy, freedom and the right to be in control of their own destiny did so for selfish reasons.   How can this be? By his own admission he believes that Brexit will result in poor growth and lower wages and, according to other pundits, even worse.     It should also be remembered that this unselfish decision gave hope to the ordinary people of other countries by demonstrating that it is possible to escape the shackles of the EU and the self-serving political class.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham

Eastern Daily Press – 7th April 2018