General election, leadership campaign and more
If the last few months have proven anything, it is never boring being a member of UKIP!
Firstly, some views on the General Election.
It was always going to be hard to maintain the vote share from 2015 after the successful referendum result and the constant chipping away of the media claiming that ‘UKIP have no purpose now’ (Although we know that not to be the case). After the disappointment of the Stoke byelection and then the near wipeout in the County Council elections in May, an uphill struggle was always on the cards but even I didn’t see such a large collapse in vote share coming.
Some members have said that they felt the Head Office campaign was flawed and in many ways I have to agree – confusing messaging where we were ‘standing down’ for Tory Brexiteers, some badly communicated campaign launches and the near total absence of promotion on some of our excellent policies such as housing.
Coupled with a lack of finance and a small number of activists available compared to Labour and the Tories (Who have trade unions, students and big corporations backing them) then perhaps the result is not so shocking.
On the positive side, many voters on the doorstep told me they will be voting for UKIP in next year’s local elections as they feel we are the only ones active outside election time and listening to them – those votes that went due to a ‘two way squeeze’ where the Tory campaign collapsed need to be nurtured over the next year to ensure we get back on track in 2018.
Across London, UKIP averaged around 1.2% of the vote – in Hillingdon, we scored over 2% in all 3 seats and 3.4% in Uxbridge & South Ruislip on very scant resource so well done to Liz Kemp! We also retained our 3rd place in Hayes & Harlington, beating an expensive campaign by the LibDems who had a full electoral address and 2 large glossy leaflets delivered to every household whereas we managed to deliver to only around a quarter of the constituency with an A5 glossy and a black and white election bulletin plus some ‘attack’ leaflets.
I would like to thank all those who pitched in on the campaign and would ask you to keep the faith for next year when we have a good chance in our key target wards. Special thanks must go to the following activists and donors –
Plus a big thank you to our Parliamentary candidate for Ruislip,Northwood & Pinner, Richard Braine, who along with campaigning in the constituency also found time to take activists across to the key target seat of Thurrock (Where we got over 20% of the vote)
Following the poor results, it was no surprise to see Paul Nuttall stand down as leader.
Nigel Farage was always going to be a tough act to follow and with no chance to get in to the job with byelections and a general election following swiftly after his appointment he was in many ways a victim of circumstance.
Some have said it was like David Moyes following Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United!
The new leader will be announced at Conference in September where we will also be seeing a rebrand to kit us out for the post BREXIT world.
Currently declared leadership candidates are as follows with Nigel ruling out a comeback –
Peter Whittle AM
Bill Etheridge MEP
David Coburn MEP
We will be updating regularly on our website at www.ukiphillingdon.com so you can see who is standing and also delivering messages from the candidates to assist you with your choice.
You may have noticed some big changes to the website – this was caused by persistent hacking attempts meaning we had to change the hosting platform.
Unfortunately, we have lost much information that many told us they found useful.
Our thanks to Jason Pontey for his swift response to the problem and to Martin Shelvey for his work on getting new content up to enable us to carry on
The committee will be meeting this Tuesday to run through our plans for the following year and to put in place key elements for the local elections.
Next Saturday (8th July) sees the annual Hayes Carnival – we have materials that can be handed out as people enter the showground, please get in touch if you would like to be involved. Regretfully, I cannot attend as I will be in London on an annual event remembering those that fell in the 7/7 bombings.
We will be running another of our branch dinner events in the near future following on from the successful night at Q Vardis in March where Peter Whittle AM and Tim Aker MEP were the speakers – keep an eye on future bulletins for details.
How YOU can help
Our branch funds are currently very low after the exertions of the election, any donations that you can make to get us back in the black to take the branch forward would be much appreciated.
We are also looking for ward representatives who can report back on issues in their area that we can get after the council with to lay the groundwork for next year. These reps are the eyes and ears of UKIP Hillingdon and as such their worth cannot be underestimated – plus it is very rewarding when you get to help those residents genuinely in need.
You can see details of what our reps have been up to in the constituency sections on the website.
I look forward to meeting or talking with you soon
Chairman – UKIP Hillingdon
Tel – 07939 223659
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Web – www.ukiphillingdon.com
Blog – www.englishpatriot.co.uk
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