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UKIP Sets Up Shaftesbury Group

The UK Independence Party continues its growth by officially launching a new group in Shaftesbury as its membership numbers across the country continue to flourish.

The UKIP Shaftesbury & District Group, with its own chairman, officers and committee of 12 members from the town, will form part of the UKIP

Dorset North Branch and will meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

Matthew Brown, who was voted in unanimously as the group’s chairman, said:

Shaftesbury and the surrounding area has seen a surge of support for UKIP, as people continue to express dissatisfaction with the political status quo. Steve Unwin is part of the solution, and we are delighted to provide him with our full backing in his endeavours to be UKIP’s first Westminster MP.”

The UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Dorset North, Steve Unwin,  who has lived in Shaftesbury for twenty years said:

It has been a real eye opener as to how many people from the Shaftesbury area have come forward to help UKIP achieve change locally”.

Representative for William Dartmouth MEP, Guy Parfitt, said:

We are delighted that UKIP Dorset North is growing in size, and that PPC Steve Unwin has a new band of people committed to UKIP’s cause of independence and improving things at a local level. For people in the area, the UKIP Shaftesbury & District Group will endeavour to find out people’s concerns, so that Steve can do something about them, in the near future.”

To contact the UKIP Shaftesbury & District Group please E-Mail shaftesbury@steve-unwin.co.uk.

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There is a Choice!

We are now in the period of the ‘long campaign’ for elections to the European Parliament on May 22nd. The enthusiasm and dedication of our supporters will be critical in delivering our best ever election result, providing our springboard for the General Election in 2015.

The Lib Dems look likely to lose many seats, possibly even a wipe-out. Many of their activists have been demotivated by their record in Coalition Government. Around here for over 20 years they have been pushing out leaflets with graphs saying the only way to defeat the Tories is by voting Lib Dem, and yet they have proved to be the biggest Tory stooges around. As if that was not bad enough for them, more of the electorate are realising that a vote for them is a vote for more EU, and their referendum promises were just more of the same dishonest lies as peddled by ‘cast-iron-guarantee Dave’.

Labour always do hopelessly locally, but the message is clear: be it ‘New’ Labour, the Lib Dems or the ‘Modern’ Conservatives, it is more of the same – they are all pro EU to the point of nauseating infatuation, and on core issues they offer the electorate no real choice – three bland Social Democratic parties, with just the odd policy tweak and a load of meaningless rhetorical argument to differentiate them.

This is not that surprising, as all three have signed up to the European Union project (current direct cost to the UK taxpayer £53 million a day, plus regulation costs, lost jobs, green subsidies and other waste). Estimates currently seem to indicate around 75% of our laws come from Brussels, but there is so much of it no-one knows the exact percentage! EU regulations are binding legislative acts, and must be applied in its entirety across the EU, so by-pass Westminster altogether. EU directives are legislative acts that set out goals that all EU countries must achieve, and it is simply the role of our “Government” to rubber stamp, or more-often gold-plate them. But the people who make our laws, the EU Commissioners are unelected.

The reaction we are finding on the doorstep is that people are well and truly fed up with all three establishment parties. We need to show there is an alternative. Over the next weeks and months there will be doors to knock on, newspapers and leaflets to be delivered. Posters will also be an important motivational tool, so we need to target canvassing on main roads. Once people see these popping up in their neighbourhood, they will realise that they are not the only ones thinking of voting UKIP, and that we are active locally. They equally have a demotivational impact on those who usually support one of the others, especially so, as many are already fed up.

We have the possibility of May 22nd being the best-ever result in UKIP’s history, making us impossible to ignore. Increasing numbers of UKIP victories in local elections show we are winning first-past-the-post elections. From May we can build from that momentum and go for the jugular in the General Election to win our first seats at Westminster.

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How to Abolish Fuel Poverty

(the Cameron Way) 

A household is in fuel poverty when they cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost, given their income.  In the UK this has been considered to be when a household would need to spend more than 10% of its income to maintain an adequate level of warmth in the home.

Recently, the numbers falling into fuel poverty has been spiralling out of control.   In April 2011 it was estimated in a YouGov survey that the number of households in fuel poverty had risen to a staggering 6.3 million households.  Fuel costs have been going up ever since, and the problem has undoubtedly been increasing.

So how did David Cameron’s Coalition government deal with this growing problem?  Easy: re-write the definition of fuel poverty.  The Lib Con Coalition Government commissioned a 2012 report, resulting in a new more complex definition of fuel poverty, that now only a few specialist experts understand.  Problem solved.  No longer falling into their altered definition, but consumers remain just as poor.

The Government has been fanatically committed to adding to the burden on British households’ already excessive fuel costs, with the ever increasing numbers of so-called ‘green’ wind turbines blotting our landscape.  These can benefit from eye-watering subsidies both by the taxpayer on the actual turbines and by consumers through their bills, as utility companies are required to pay crazy prices for expensive ‘green’ energy.  Then there is the issue of “capacity payments” for back-up when the wind doesn’t blow. It’s not economic to run gas power stations intermittently, so we also have to subsidise them to do so.

“Vote Blue Go Green” claimed chameleon P.M. David Cameron, under whom Tory priorities in this parliament seems to have been gay marriage, wind farms and foreign aid.

UKIP holds all three of the ‘governing‘ parties of the past 20 years responsible for the catastrophic state of the UK’s energy strategy, which will see severe energy shortages, soaring prices, brownouts and energy rationing from 2015 onwards.

UKIP’s policy paper Keeping the Lights On can be found here:

http://www.ukipmeps.org/uploads/file/energy-policy-2014-f-20-09-2013.pdf

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