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Update from Gerard Barry, Parliamentary Candidate for Ruislip Northwood & Pinner
Every ward in the constituency has now been covered in terms of leaflets and election address. The phone has not stopped ringing and emails are coming in at all hours offering support and confirming that people are going to be voting UKIP in larger numbers than ever.
I have attended two hustings with the final big one tonight in Northwood when I get the last chance to pit myself against the other candidates.
Nick Hurd is in for one big shock as his past record on HS2 and the EU come back to haunt him and according to the bookmakers, UKIP is very firmly in second place.
We are going to push hard this weekend to get another 14,000 leaflets delivered and to canvas as many doors as possible.
To do this we need the help of our members and activists. Can you spare an hour to deliver just 100 leaflets in your road and surrounds?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07712 868 736 if you can help.
UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate
Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner
mob: 07712 868 736
On 13 Sep 2014 10:20, our member “Philip Gillman” wrote:
What Ho! residents of Oxbridge (and that other place tacked onto the side of it, what’s it called? you know – lots of bungalows). I may pop in from time to time but I can’t say when because this ‘being Mayor’ business can be a piddly bit time-consuming. So I’ll get along whenever – I know you’re at the far end of the blue line on the tube map.
I can’t tell you too much about my little caper at this stage, but I need to be sure of a nice safe Tory seat which will guarantee whizzing me into Westminster.
Now I know that some of you are unhappy about a brand new railway line we’re going to put right through the middle of you area and you can read all about my thoughts on the matter in the 13th September Daily Telegraph under the headline
‘HS2 opponents are Nimbys who only care about house prices’.
So please give us a wave as we rocket over your vans and trucks sitting on the M25. I’m told it’s always stationery on the western stretch – don’t know, never have to use the blasted thing!
So – like I said – pop out at the next election and vote Conservative just like your parents did and taught you to do likewise.
And don’t be paying any attention to those UKIP Johnnies who may live in the borough and may care about it as well, but with the help of the press and the BBC, we’ll convince everybody that voting for them will get you Labour. That always works.
So run along, and at the next election – just do what you’ve always done & don’t give it a second thought.
This piece is from Bryan Tomlinson our UKIP representative for Heathrow Villages :-
A report on the latest Street Champions meeting dated 12th December 2013 at Botwell Green Library in Hayes Town.
I’ve been to a couple of Street Champions meetings and they are always superbly attended by caring residents that want to improve where we live. We get the call, give up our time and we all turn up because Street Champions are the eyes and ears of the borough.
That’s all the council wants at Street Champions meetings, our eyes and ears. Street Champions are Hillingdon Council’s audience while speakers tell us what they think we want to hear. When Street Champions want answers to problems that affect our neighbourhoods there is not enough time or the wrong question is being asked.
Who from Hillingdon Council will answer why Hayes is losing well paid and secure jobs while overdevelopment is causing hardship, unemployment, loss of invaluable green space and welfare dependency ?
I know this is a bit of a sad report but there were Conservative and Labour politicians at the meeting. They all seemed happy and friendly to each other but I think they should be hanging their heads in shame.
Forty years ago Hayes was doing really well with an abundance of work and housing and a good safe community. Sadly, the Conservative and Labour Parties have ruined Hayes and the only thing they have to offer is a TFL funded new traffic scheme for Hayes Town.
It’s to be reopened to through traffic just as it was forty years ago.
If you’re sick of tweedledumb and tweedledumber do what I did.
This is from Nick Bergman our UKIP representative for Eastcote & East Ruislip
My name is Nick Bergman and I’m representing UKIP at the forth coming local election.
I’ve been a Hillingdon resident for over 17 years and wish to represent you as the councillor for Eastcote and East Ruislip. There are many issues that need to be addressed locally and with your support I aim to be proactive and vociferous in ensuring your voice is heard.
UKIP are the only mainstream party that are looking to scrap the planned HS2. This will not only decimate our surrounding area but become a huge financial burden for generations to come with no benefit to our community.
There are many local issues closer to home that I wish to campaign on with your support such as improved law enforcement, over building in cramped neighbourhoods along with exploring opportunities to make our community a pleasant environment for all residents.
Should I be fortunate to be elected as your representative it will be my aim to make a difference to the quality of people’s daily lives and prospects within the constituency. I will hold regular drop-in surgeries each month which will give you an opportunity to meet me and discuss any problems or concerns you may have.
Hillingdon Council would see Heathrow closing as a “benefit to residents”, and a “unique opportunity”.
The council, the planning authority for the airport, has long been opposed to any expansion in terms of runway capacity or volume of flights.
Now, following Heathrow’s submission to the Davies Commission of options for a third runway, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s for three options not in West London, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, has described the potential closure of Heathrow Airport as “a benefit to Hillingdon residents”, although he suggests that he expects an airport to continue operating on the site.
Cllr Puddifoot said: “Once the new hub airport becomes operational it will be for Heathrow Airport Ltd to decide on a commercial basis, at the time, whether they wish to operate as existing or as a smaller airport.
“If they choose to scale down or close it would prove a unique opportunity for the west of London in terms of employment, housing and community infrastructure – as well as the environmental improvements this will bring.
“Whist the threat of closure is good media hype it is not, if it happens at all, going to happen any time soon but it would in the longer term be of a benefit to Hillingdon residents.”
LB Hounslow remains has said it will examine Heathrow’s proposals, in particular one for a North West third runway, over the M25, but has remained opposed to the closure of Heathrow, recognising the employment benefits of the 170,000 jobs the airport sustains in the area, or perhaps the additional 150,000 jobs that Heathrow suggests would be created by adding a third runway.
Frank Wingate, Chief Executive of West London Business, the representative body for the sub-region’s business community, said: “Closing Heathrow would be bad news for the prosperity of all the surrounding boroughs and many of our local politicians are now recognizing the reality of the airport’s significance to our West London wellbeing.”
UKIP Hillingdon Press Release – 30/10/2013
Recently there have been rumours circulating that certain Conservative party councillors who have been de-selected will be standing for UKIP in the upcoming local elections.
The branch would like to confirm that we have been approached by certain ex-councillors who have stated that they would like to stand under the UKIP banner ‘If we are not selected to stand again for the Conservative party’.
In the opinion of our committee this attitude is not one we would wish to endorse and therefore can categorically state that these approaches have been rebuffed.
UKIP candidates are there to serve the people who they wish to represent – We are not a ‘second choice’ for career politicians who have fallen out with their existing party.
Whilst we are happy to welcome new members from the old establishment parties who have realised that both our area and our country need a new approach, UKIP Hillingdon will only endorse candidates via our internal democratic process who are committed to improving the lives of their constituents rather than themselves. We are the only major party at a local level who do not operate a ‘whip’ system, allowing our candidates to operate in the best interests of those they wish to represent rather than following a particular political dogma.
We can also confirm that contrary to certain reports in the press that there has been no approach from Councillor Andrew Retter to join UKIP via our local branch. Cllr Retter did have a chat with us on our recent street stall in Uxbridge, where he confirmed that he would stand again in the ward where he is currently a representative – The conversation centred around UKIP standing down our candidate in Northwood Hills to assist him, which we refused to do.
UKIP will be standing candidates in all wards in Hillingdon for the local elections to enable the people to have a real choice at the ballot box.
Anything less would be a betrayal of those we wish to both assist and represent
CHAIRMAN – UKIP HILLINGDON
Gerard Barry UKIP representative for HAREFIELD WARD
An interesting piece concerning economics in the 21st Century
Mary is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin . She realises that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans). Word gets around about Mary’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Dublin. By providing her customers’ freedom from immediate payment demands, Mary gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Mary’s gross sales volume increases massively.
A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Mary’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of unemployed alcoholics as collateral.
At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets. Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses.
One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Mary’s bar. He so informs Mary. Mary then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since, Mary cannot fulfil her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs.
Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community. The suppliers of Mary’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.
Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion euro no-strings attached cash infusion from their cronies in Government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who have never been in Mary’s bar.
Now, do you understand economics in the 21st century?
A letter from Gerard Barry.
Gerard Barry says:
Childcare provision is under threat in the borough as the Conservative Party Councillors for Eastcote and East Ruislip attempt to drive out of business a small and excellent childcare service in the form of My Mums Away prop. Carol Cochrane.
this is an essential service for local mums and dads as Carol provides a personal service of the highest standard in her own home but thanks to an unhappy neighbour agitating to drive her out of business with the assistance of the three local Conservative councillors.
It is incredible that we have borough Councillors attempting to remove a valuable service that will not be easily replaced making life harder for Hillingdon parents. It seems that the only way to run a business nowadays is to be part of a large corporation, the small business must wade through excessive controls and bureaucracy to compete.
I would be pleased to receive your support in this matter.
After the earlier success of our branch sponsored residents’ petition getting badly cratered roads in Cowley resurfaced, we can report a further resident’s victory with a branch sponsored residents’ petition to deal with the long standing mega rat infestation on Yiewsley Recreation Ground.
The park is now closed for 3 weeks for “Intensive Baiting” to take place.
These are just two examples of local UKIP dedication in working with residents.
Many of our ward representatives are also ‘Street Champions’ reporting defects/issues direct to the council for action.
If you have an issue in your part of Hillingdon, please feel free to ask for our help or advice,
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“There are two types of people in politics, he says. “Those who want to be something and those who want to do something”.
Nigel Farage (MEP) (Leader UKIP)
Geoff Courtenay our Vice Chairman and tireless local worker offers an example of his work with people with problems
Sent to L B Hillingdon Council tonight 5-10-13
Posted here with Mrs MacMillan’s verbal permission.
I spoke recently to Mrs. MacMillan of 17 Ivanhoe Close, Cowley.
She informs me that much remedial work had been done to her loft to repair & clean it following squirrels occupying it.
The squirrels having gained entry via a tree on Council land adjacent to her home which is within the housing portfolio.
It was four or more years ago when I contacted the councils housing officers on Mrs MacMillan’s behalf & was informed that the tree would be pruned to prevent further squirrel entry.
Local residents with assistance from UKIP members put in a petition to get their roads resurfaced a few weeks back. The council are now finally doing the job. Another win for local democracy (picture shows a pleased UKIP Hillingdon Campaign Secretary Geoff Courtenay )
With the increased profile of UKIP nationally, more people are contacting our branch in Hillingdon with issues that are either ignored or they don’t feel comfortable going to their local councillor’s with.
A case in point has been the state of the roads in parts of the south of the Borough, which led to our Brunel Ward representative Geoff Courtenay suggesting an action day for yesterday (Saturday 6th April).
Geoff has been discussing this with local residents for some time, and leafletted the worst of the roads affected during the week to advise everybody that we would be coming around at the weekend with a petition to the council to resurface Worcester Road and Maygoods Lane (Including Maygoods Green).
With the affected area crossing over in to Uxbridge South, our neighbouring ward rep Jack Duffin also wanted to assist and our team assembled on the Cowley High Road at 10.30 am
Splitting in to two groups ,I volunteered to help Jack and we soon got a taste of why local residents are so concerned about this issue as we made our way down Worcester Road.
Stopping outside the Cowley St Laurence School, large cracks and potholes were soon apparent – Indeed, as can be seen from the picture below, the road on the zig zag lines outside the school entrance is in a very poor state and could be dangerous to children and adults on the way in.
Above – Uxbridge South ward representative Jack Duffin outside Cowley St Laurence School.
Later on during canvassing we spoke with a lady whose Autistic son had tripped on one of the potholes and hit his head further up the road at Maygoods Green – She had informed the council, they had sent somebody to put white marks around the hole to mark it for filling yet weeks later the work has still not been done.
The target for the petition so that it has to be looked at by the council is twenty signatures – Between Jack and myself we easily surpassed that within an hour and a half, with many answering the doors stating that they had seen the leaflet in the week and had been waiting for us to come around so both themselves and other resident family members could sign. When we met up with Geoff’s team later, they also told a similar tale.
The subject of road patching was brought up frequently, with residents advising us that teams would come out and just drop filler in to the holes without either compressing it down or using sealant around the edges to hold the patch in place – Such repairs generally only lasted a few months and we saw evidence of repairs from less than eight weeks previously that were already cracking apart, making the potholes worse than they were before.
Interestingly, we all found that it was not just the state of the road itself that was causing concern but several residents spoke of issues with the paving, especially near the care home. We were also advised of disabled parking bays being removed and not replaced, with one resident complaining that he could not use his bay as someone else was always parking in it due to lack of amenity.
It also became apparent from the residents survey that Geoff was carrying out alongside the petition that many did not know either who their local councillors are or how to contact them with their issues. Geoff used to be a councillor in Brunel Ward and was still recognised by a number of the residents as we went around, some of whom said that they had not had face to face councillor contact since his departure from the position.
Above – Geoff Courtenay in Maygoods Green showing how bad the potholes have become – These have been marked with white chalk for months without attention according to residents.
The branch will be carrying on with the petition for another week or two before presenting it to the council – Whilst there are enough signatures to get attention now, the more that are on the forms, the more weight the petition will carry and the better chance of the council listening to the wishes of the residents.
If you live in Worcester Road, Maygoods Lane or Maygoods Green and we have missed you ,please get in touch either via the website or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sign the petition.