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

Proud and Principled Ideals

Dear Sir,

As an avid reader of the EDP letters page I note that the Remainers are for ever banging on about the doubtful economic benefits of staying in the authoritarian EU.   While the Establishment and its puppets could possibly be better off any increased wealth would, as in the past, never find its way further down the ladder to ordinary hard working people.   More importantly what the Remainers fail to grasp is that the majority of Leavers voted this way because they are proud principled British people who believe in democracy, freedom and the right to be in control of their own destiny with no regard whatsoever to their own financial wellbeing. These are exactly the same ideals which moved our forefathers to fight and sacrifice their lives in two World Wars.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham

Eastern Daily Press – 2nd April 2018

No Surrender to Foreign Powers

Dear Sir,

Mr Hansell [Letters 14 March] thinks Brexit is the biggest disaster since the Second World War.   Interestingly this was also a time when we stood up against an authoritarian regime. We did not surrender to foreign rule on that occasion and I cannot see any reason why we should now.

Yours faithfully,

David Ramsbotham

Eastern Daily Press – 23rd March 2018

New Site Ownership

Alex Wood

Dear Members,

 
This is to let you know that Irene Ramsbotham our branch secretary and myself have now taken over ownership of this website.
If you wish to send a letter or article for publication on this site please send it to either of us at ukipnn@gmail.com

 
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jack Smith for doing such a good job in setting up and running this website since 2016, and for all the other hard work he has done for the party over the past years.

 
If you have not already found it please look at UKIPDaily . This is the UKIP national website which is full of interesting news and articles which you are unlikely to see in any of the mainstream press.

 
Yours faithfully

 
Alexander (Sandy) Wood
Chairman UKIP North Norfolk Branch

A Decisive Step towards Brexit ‘Betrayal’

Interim UKIP Leader Gerard Batten MEP

In a joint press conference, David Davies and Michel Barnier announced a “legal text which constitutes a decisive step towards a final agreement”.

What it actually constitutes is a decisive step towards a betrayal of Brexit and genuine Exit from the EU.

Under the proposed Agreement we would see a transition period up to 2022 during which time we would be obliged to keep existing laws and implement new ones.

We would continue to have open borders, and we would continue to abide by the Common Fisheries Policy.

The tangible betrayal is that of our fishing industry and our territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.  Under the proposals, we would not take back control of fishing policy but instead, the obscene Common Fisheries Policy will continue in existence and our fisherman only allowed the same quotas of catch as now.

In addition, under Article 135 we will agree to continue paying the pay and pensions for top Eurocrats for a very long time to come.

Mrs May has always intended betrayal of genuine Brexit.  The attached three-page downloadable pamphlet shows how Mrs May intends to bind us to the EU’s infamous police and criminal justice measures, such as the European Arrest Warrant.

Click here to download Gerard’s Brexit pamphlet

A Message from the Interim Chairman

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Tony McIntyre
UKIP Interim Chairman
Dear Member,

First of all may I apologise for being rather tardy in taking just over a week to introduce myself.  I was asked shortly after the EGM in Birmingham if I would be prepared to take on the role of voluntary Interim Party Chairman for a period of 90 days after Paul Oakden, who had been in the position for 18 months, decided to stand down.

I wanted to meet Gerard Batten MEP before accepting the role, and this I did later in the week. I was impressed with his forthright approach and felt I could work with him in the interim period before the result of the next leadership election.

I have been a member of the party since 2006, shortly after retiring from a career in Education. Over the years I have been a branch treasurer, branch chairman, regional secretary and for the last 5 years Regional Chairman for the South West. I have stood for Parliament three times, stood in various local elections and was fourth on the South West List for the 2014 European Elections. I have never been a member of another political party and have made many friends through UKIP in the South West over the years. I look forward to making many more now across the country.

Over the past week I have been talking with the various Regional Chairs to put forward a plan of action in preparation for the forthcoming local elections. We need candidates in place to contest the seats that are coming up in the local election in May. If you would like to stand then please get in contact with your branch chairman. I appreciate that times are difficult for us at the moment but we must turn the tide back in our favour if we are to remain a force on the political map of our country.

Let us revitalise the party behind Gerard over the next few months. Brexit is far from being done and dusted. There are many out there who are working hard to overturn the vote of the people. Spread the word that UKIP is still in place and as determined as ever that we leave the political union that we call the EU.

Yours truly.

Tony McIntyre
Interim Party Chairman

UKIP PROGRESS REPORT

Interim UKIP Leader Gerard Batten MEP

UKIP PROGRESS REPORT

Dear Fellow UKIP Members,

I am only able to write to those of you for whom we have email addresses, but I want to update as many of you as possible with how things are progressing.

This is now the start of my third week in the role of Interim Leader, and the last two weeks have been extremely busy, to say the least. I inherited two significant things: one bad, one good.The bad thing is a financial shortfall that threatens the very continuation of the Party.

The good thing is our HQ at Newton Abbot and its small band of dedicated staff led by David Challice. These ladies and gentlemen are the unsung heroes of the Party. Without them, there would be no Party. We should be extremely grateful to them and I thank them on your behalf for all their efforts.

Let me summarise what I have done so far:

Appointments

  • My first actions were to appoint the chief officers of the Party:
  • Party Chairman – Tony McIntyre
  • Deputy Chairman – Margot Parker MEP
  • Deputy Leader – Mike Hookem MEP
  • Treasurer – John Bickley (who kindly agreed to remain in post)

Actions to raise money and recruit members

All members will shortly receive a fundraising letter from me which explains the immediate actions I have taken. I am also writing to 20,000 ex-members inviting them to rejoin the Party and initiated a recruitment campaign.

We now have a special offer £20 membership time-limited to 31st March 2018. This is to encourage our former members to rejoin and to recruit new people from among groups such as the Veterans Against Terrorism and Football Lads Alliance.

Following talks with me going back some months, the leadership of these two groups have endorsed UKIP to their members who will decide to join on an individual basis.

I ask existing members who paid the full membership fee to understand the urgent need to rapidly expand our membership. We need more revenue and more people.

Membership fees, in general, will be reviewed at the next NEC meeting.

Spokespersons

These are being appointed gradually and positions will be limited to the most important areas of policy. I want people with real experience and knowledge to develop policy and speak authoritatively. A full list will shortly be available on the Party website and will be added to as necessary.

Local Elections

I was disappointed, to say the least, that I found we are far behind in our plans to fight the local elections taking place on 3rd May. It is vital that we put up a fight to defend the seats we already hold and to show we are still in the fight nationally.

We need at least 740 candidates in order to qualify for a Party Political Broadcast. We need people to step forward now to be candidates.

We are now putting together aids for candidates consisting of:

  • A template leaflet that can be adapted to include candidate details.
  • A centralised call-off system for printing.
  • A Candidate Guide.

If you would like to be a candidate or support a candidate please contact your local Branch Chairman or County Controller.

I will do my best to keep you in the picture of how things progress and I trust the news will continually improve as we go forward.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Batten
Interim Leader – UK Independence Party
Member of the European Parliament for London