Today is polling day for the GLA elections. Many in the North of Hillingdon are rightly concerned about HS2.
If this is something that will affect your vote, below is the stance of all the major candidates in the Mayoral and Ealing&Hillingdon seat (With thanks to independent campaign group Hillingdon Against HS2 whose information I have used below)
Labour Sadiq Khan
Has not replied to any HAHS2 communication and did not respond to our invite to meet.
Abstained at the final vote but has been supportive of HS2 in the past.
Lab GLA Dr.Onkar Sahota
Current representative for Hillingdon and Ealing on the GLA
Has met with HAHS2, attended our last and other events
Hasn’t used his position to give any practical help
Offers sympathy locally but publicly supports HS2
With only a couple of days left until the London Mayoral and GLA elections, the UKIP roadshow came to town earlier today.
After a visit to Harefield to meet the residents and chat with the Stop HS2 campaigners a few weeks ago, Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle and Assembly candidate David Kurten joined us on the street stall in Uxbridge before travelling to Harmondsworth to meet residents and campaigners against the Third Runway at Heathrow
Setting up the stall as David Kurten (left) looks on
L to R – David Kurten, London Mayoral Candidate Peter Whittle, Ealing & Hillingdon superconstituency candidate Alex Nieora and UKIP Hillingdon Chairman Cliff Dixon
The Greater London Assembly (GLA) elections take place next week (5th May). Here is a guide to the candidates that UKIP will be fielding in the elections in our area and how to negotiate the minefield of three ballot papers with three different electoral procedures!
The UKIP GLA manifesto can be viewed via this link –
UKIP London Mayoral Candidate – Peter Whittle
I’ve been UKIP’s Culture spokesman for the past two years. I was a Candidate for London at the European Elections in 2014, a local council candidate in the same year, and at the General Election this year I was the party’s parliamentary candidate for Eltham.
People said it was an un-winnable, non-target seat. But I chose to fight in London because I’m from here, and I want to represent my city and its wonderful people.
The latest public meeting surrounding our GLA campaign is being held this week in Northolt as follows –
Venue – Northolt Park Social Club, Sussex Crescent, Northolt, UB5 4DR
Date – Wednesday 27th January, starting at 7.30pm
Meet your candidates –
London Mayoral Candidate – Peter Whittle
Ealing & Hillingdon assembly candidate Alex Nieora
UKIP assembly list candidate David Kurten
UKIP assembly list candidate Suzanne Evans
There will be a Q&A session following the initial speeches.
We hope to see you there!
UKIP Hillingdon are proud to announce our latest public meeting and give you the chance to quiz our candidate for London Mayor, Peter Whittle.
Date – Thursday 19th November
Venue – RAFA Battle of Britain Club, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, UB10 0RY
Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
Speeches to be followed by an open floor Q&A session. There will be time afterwards at the bar to meet the candidates.
Easily accessible by public transport including the 427 and 607 bus from Uxbridge Station, the club is on the main A4020 opposite The Greenway and Jack’s fish & chip shop.
Peter Whittle is UKIP’s Culture Spokesman and a proud Londoner. A successful media figure and founder member of the influential New Culture Forum think tank, he stood in the recent General Election for UKIP in Eltham.
David Kurten is one of our leading GLA list candidates. A Chemistry Teacher and Improv Theatre Trainer, David will give his unique insight into the issues facing Londoners today.
Chaired by UKIP Hillingdon’s Cliff Dixon
We hope to see you there!
Tomorrow is your chance to have your voice heard about the proposed Third Runway at Heathrow. Join local campaigners, environmental groups and politicians from all parties to say no to Heathrow Expansion – Details below
With thanks to the Uxbridge Gazette……
MPs and Mayoral candidates, national organisations and local people will be taking part in the rally in Westminster over the weekend
Mayoral candidates from the main political parties will speak at the mass rally which will take place in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, on Saturday (October 10).
They will be joined by Hayes & Harlington MP John McDonnell, as well as a long-standing resident from the Heathrow villages who will lose her home if expansion goes ahead, and leading environmental organisations, such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
John Stewart, chair of HACAN, the campaign group opposing the third runway and one of the main organisers of the rally, said: “Thousands are expected to send a clear message to the Prime Minister that they will fight any decision to give the green light to a new runway at Heathrow.
“And the message from all the key Mayoral candidates is equally clear. They stand united on this issue. They are all firmly against a third runway.”
He said: “The Government may ignore public opinion and try to force Heathrow expansion on the people of London and the South East. We all need to remind Parliament that they for us and not tax avoiding offshore investors.
“We already suffer illegal levels of air pollution and more people are affected by excessive Heathrow noise than all comparable airports in Europe put together.
“We have to leave a planet fit for our children and future generations to live free from deadly air pollution and overflown by 260,000 extra flights which is a disaster waiting to happen”
“Please join us at Parliament Square this Saturday at 11am.”
The rally, which organisers believe will be the “biggest ever” against Heathrow expansion, will take place just weeks before David Cameron is expected to make an announcement on a new runway for London and the South East.
At present, the Cabinet is looking at the recommendation of the Airports Commission that the runway should be built at Heathrow.
However, over recent months, the owners of Gatwick have continued to make the case for a second runway at their airport.
The rally, which is not intended to be a march so it is suitable for all ages, will begin at 10.30am. The speakers will address the rally at 11am to be finished by 12.30pm.
The full list of speakers is confirmed as:
- John Stewart, Chair HACAN (to welcome and introduce)
- John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington
- Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond & North Kingston (and Conservative Mayoral candidate)
- Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting (and Labour Mayoral candidate)
- Sian Berry, Green Party Mayoral Candidate
- Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate
- Peter Whittle, UKIP Mayoral candidate
- John Sauven, Chief executive of Greenpeace
- Gina Parihar, Head of legal at Friends of the Earth
- Tania Mathias, Conservative MP for Twickenham
- A long-standing resident from the Heathrow villages who faces losing her home
Original piece can be viewed here
With the General Election campaign moving in to it’s final stages, the following local meetings will give you a chance to question the candidates and hear what their party’s propose for our area.
Uxbridge & South Ruislip Constituency hustings – Sunday 26th April
Start time – 7.30pm
Venue – Yiewsley Baptist Church, Colham Avenue, Yiewsley, UB7 8HE
Boris Johnson will again be absent as he is ‘too busy’ to attend.
Hayes & Harlington Constituency hustings – Tuesday 28th April
Start Time – 7.30pm
Venue – St Anselm’s Church, Station Road, Hayes, UB3 4DF
Labour, Conservative, Green and Lib-Dem candidates will also be on show.
Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner constituency – Thursday 30th April
Start Time – 7.30pm
Venue – Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Northwood, HA6 3AA
We hope to see some of you there
With the General Election campaign now about to start in earnest, UKIP Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle (Below) recently wrote this piece for his column in Standpoint Magazine.
It makes interesting reading for anyone thinking of voting for Boris Johnson in the Uxbridge & South Ruislip Constituency
Last year saw UKIP take the media by surprise and the country by storm in the local elections, with 147 councillors elected. Many in the media questioned if this could be repeated again this year, with the locals scheduled for the same day as the EU elections on 22nd May.
After an intensive campaign, the highlight of which saw Nigel Farage totally demolish Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg in two live TV debates on our EU membership, the answer was an emphatic YES!
In Hillingdon, we fielded a total of 24 candidates across 22 wards (Single in each, with 2 in both Heathrow Villages and South Ruislip). This was a quantum leap forward from 2010, when we fielded a sole candidate in South Ruislip (Robin Kirby) who finished 10th with 611 votes (3.9%)
Our tactics with limited finances and a small campaign team very nearly paid off, with some near misses in Harefield, Yiewsley, Charville & Uxbridge South. Out of 22 wards, we finished 4th in 8 and 3rd in the only two councillor ward (Harefield) where our candidate Gerard Barry beat incumbent councillor and former Boris Johnson deputy, Richard Barnes.
A strong UKIP showing in Yiewsley saw a Labour target revert to full Conservative control, whilst conversely our presence in Charville, Heathrow Villages, Uxbridge South and West Drayton saw the Conservatives lose seats, most notably former Mayor Mary O’Connor in Charville.
In the Labour heartlands of Townfield and Botwell, UKIP are now the main opposition whilst in the Tory North we outpolled Labour in Cavendish, Eastcote & E Ruislip, Ickenham, Uxbridge North, Northwood Hills, Northwood, Harefield, Manor and West Ruislip.
These results have seen us become comfortably the third party in Hillingdon with over 17000 votes cast, with the Lib-Dem’s defeated in every ward where they stood against us. If we take the best performing candidate from each party in the ward to get an average vote share, UKIP took 21.6% – Better than one in five people who voted put a cross against a UKIP candidate, an encouraging portent of things to come.
Hopes were high that we could improve on 2nd place nationally in 2009 and claim top spot in this contest – As the numbers came in from the count on the night of Sunday 25th , it became apparent that UKIP had become the first political party outside of Labour and The Conservatives to win a national election in over 100 years – The ‘Earthquake’ had well and truly hit!
24 UKIP MEP’s were elected, including our first in Scotland (David Coburn), with Gerard Batten holding his seat in London and Paul Oakley just missing out on joining him as our vote share increased.
In Hillingdon, we had taken 10033 votes in 2009, which we easily eclipsed this time out with 19746, just 1452 short of victory. The Conservatives finished second having lost an 8000 majority from their 2009 result in what had turned in to a tight, 3 way contest.
The night may even have had a triumphal ending if it had not been for 2 ‘spoiler’ parties at the top of the ballot paper, UK EPP and An Independence from Europe – UK Independence Now! (The latter being formed by former UKIP MEP, Mike Nattrass) They garnered over 2000 votes between them, and appeared responsible for at least 100 of the spoiled papers that were scrutinised by myself and officers from Labour, Conservative & Greens.
Compared to the establishment parties, we had a smaller team fighting on much more limited resources but certainly punched above our weight! In my own Charville ward, the Conservatives put out 5 leaflets in a month and had a full canvassing team at their disposal yet still lost a seat and failed to put clear daylight between their candidates and UKIP
Here is the campaign in pictures –
Braving the cold to get an early leaflet run out in Harefield with candidate Gerard Barry back in February
A decent sized team out to distribute leaflets advertising a public meeting in Heathrow Villages in February
We love Heathrow Villages public meeting – John Stewart from independent campaign group HACAN Clearskies addresses the audience on Heathrow expansion, whilst Gerard Batten MEP and myself look on.
Banners started popping up all around the borough in February extolling the virtues of Hillingdon Council whilst extra editions of the Council magazine ‘Hillingdon People’ were despatched to every house in the borough. Special ‘Ward’ versions also appeared (below). A freedom of information request showed that Hillingdon Council spent £97000 of public money last year (Excluding design costs) on the magazine.
During an action day in Ickenham in early March, we came across these fine fellows delivering Hillingdon People magazine. Only one spoke broken English and they enjoyed some refreshment on their rounds as can be seen in the picture.
Ilyas out campaigning in Ickenham in March sunshine. A committed campaigner, he spent every day with us in the 2 weeks before the election leafleting target wards for hours and was a prime factor in our West Drayton result.
Christine Taylor in Heathrow Villages putting out our literature in privately owned notice boards. Numerous complaints went in from the other parties about this to electoral services – When they drew a blank the boards were vandalised, triggering a round of tear it down, put it up. Much of the campaigning across the borough was good natured, but not in this ward.
The BBC paid us a visit on a street stall in Uxbridge. Here, myself and Jack Duffin are interviewed by Andrew Cryan for The Sunday Politics
Early April saw a very busy public meeting featuring UKIP Culture spokesman Peter Whittle and London Chairman Roger Gravett in Charville ward (Hayes)
The audience look on
The following week saw another meeting in Harefield, with Gerard Barry centre stage after the late withdrawal of guest speaker on HS2 councillor Chris Adams
Bryan and Christine kept the public constantly updated via their Heathrow Villages Notice Board – Here, Bryan poses with yet more dumped rubbish in the ward that the council failed to deal with
With Labour terrified of the UKIP surge, they put out leaflets misrepresenting our policies. When challenged, I pointed to their pledge on tough action on immigration which immediately invalidated the authenticity of the rest of the leaflet.
A big thank you to all those in Hillingdon who voted for UKIP in these elections – We look forward to coming back even stronger next time and with your help, changing the tired two party system in effect in our borough that is stopping your voices being heard in the way our area is run.