All posts by Steve Unwin

Does Voting UKIP Let in Labour?

The other main parties are running scared of UKIP.  Around the south and in areas where they are strongest, the Tories claim “Vote UKIP and you will let Labour in” or “Vote UKIP and the Liberals will get in.”  Yet, in the Labour heartlands further north it is a different version of the same theme “Vote UKIP and you will let the Tories in!”  But, what is the truth?

Increasingly around the country people are finding that if they vote UKIP, more and more, they are getting UKIP.  2013 has seen a significant breakthrough.  Not just in the headlines in county seats where we have come top of the polls, but also in the underlying trend in literally hundreds of local council and by election seats where UKIP has come second, becoming the main challenger, even from a standing start where we have never fielded a candidate before.

This breakthrough has been repeated in four out of the five Westminster by-elections in the last 12 months – Middlesbrough, Rotherham and South Shields against Labour in the north, as well as Eastleigh against the Liberal Democrats where UKIP attracted 11,571 votes (swing of 19.3% from Lib Dem to UKIP.)

Lord Ashcroft, the former Conservative Treasurer and bankroller ran an interesting detailed poll on the day of the Eastleigh by election to establish who voted for who and why.  He discovered what UKIP canvassers already knew – that UKIP are attracting voters from across the spectrum.  Ashcroft discovered that roughly a fifth (22%) of those who had voted Tory at the last General Election voted UKIP in the by election.  This was matched by a fifth (19%) of 2010 Liberal Democrats voting UKIP and a similar 17% of Labour voters also moving to vote UKIP.  In addition, a further 11% were engaging for the first time by voting UKIP, having not voted for any of the old political parties at the General Election.

We approach the European Parliamentary Elections next May with a momentum already rolling for UKIP to top the poll.  We need to keep that momentum rolling by building on our cumulative successes to ultimately get our first batch of MP’s into Westminster.

The other parties have reason to be scared, as they also closely analyse real election results, which increasingly confirm the message “Vote UKIP and you will get UKIP.”

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Immigration

David Cameron’s pledge to cap net immigration down to “tens of thousands” rather than “hundreds of thousands” to ensure public services did not become overwhelmed was, from day one, doomed to total failure.  Under his watch, the number of people migrating into the UK has been running at around 500,000 a year.

In reality, it is a hollow pledge as the British Government has no control whilst it remains a member of the European Union (EU.)  The EU require Britain to open its borders to all citizens of the EU and, on 1st January 2014, this extends further to the citizens of Romania and Bulgaria.

We must end open door immigration from the EU and this can only be achieved by leaving the EU.  Similar to Canada, New Zealand and Australia, we should run a firm, but fair points based system to admit manageable numbers of people who have something to offer our country.

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North Dorset UKIP choose Steve Unwin

UKIP members in North Dorset selected former Tory Agent, Steve Unwin, at Pimperne Village Hall last night (Monday 4 November) as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to challenge Bob Walter’s seat at the next General Election.

The Dorset North UKIP Constituency Chairman, John Baxter, who had chaired the hustings said “I am delighted to have a PPC of the calibre of Steve Unwin. His
enthusiasm is infectious, his knowledge vast, and his actions are already
paying dividends in terms of new members and supporters, invigorating our
growing association. Steve will be a super candidate and will bring a blast
of fresh air and commonsense to the Dorset North political scene.”

Steve was a full-time professional Conservative Party Agent for 17 years in Oxford West & Abingdon and North Dorset.  He has considerable campaign experience and has acted as Election Agent to both John Patten (the former Secretary of State for Education, now the Baron Patten of Wincanton) in the 1987 and 1992 General Elections and for Bob Walter in the 1997 and 2001 General Elections, as well as for over 250 local government candidates.

After 10 years absence from the Conservative Party, Steve joined UKIP and has been actively campaigning every week recruiting helpers for the party.  “The day David Cameron declared that in 2017 he would have a referendum on EU membership was the day I joined UKIP,” says Steve.

“It was weasel words: he would renegotiate with the EU but there was no mention of what he wanted to renegotiate, and in spite of what was or was not agreed, he would ‘campaign rigorously’ for Britain to remain in the EU.  He had already broken his 2007 promise of a “cast iron guarantee” of an EU referendum if he became PM, and clearly does not want out, in any circumstances.  Cameron has worked very hard to put off traditional supporters, but that was the final tipping-point for me to now work hard to get him out.”

Steve has lived in Shaftesbury town centre for 19 years.  He married Jane in Motcombe near Shaftesbury, in 1996, and for 10 years they have run an internet vintage book selling business.  They have one daughter who attends the local Shaftesbury School.

UKIP will be targeting North Dorset which is currently represented by Bob Walter, a former Chairman and current Patron of the federalist Conservative Europe Group.

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