The UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for North Dorset, Steve Unwin, who has lived in Shaftesbury for twenty years, is taking his campaign up a couple of gears Continue reading Steve Unwin, UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for North Dorset, steps up his campaign
It is always when election results are marginal that the effort put in by your supporters has the greatest impact on the result. Never has this been more likely in the history of UKIP than it is today, and this is particularly true across Dorset. 2013 put us in the best position to make an impact on the coming elections by breaking through the glass ceiling of electoral credibility in winning so many first-past-the-post elections. UKIP can make real progress, not just in May’s European Parliamentary elections, but in local and by-elections, and continuing to build on that momentum to win our first Westminster seats in the General Election to achieve our ultimate goal: out of the EU to get our country back.
We are in a position where we can be pretty sure that many seats could be won – or lost – by literally a handful of votes. The more effort our ‘troops’ put in to help bolster our vote, the more likely our candidates chances are to be on the right side of the winning line. It is essential that voters locally appreciate that UKIP are serious contenders, and for that to happen we need to work the patch.
Nothing beats eyeball-to-eyeball contact with local voters as a campaign method. Many people around here have told us no one has canvassed either recently, or in many cases at all. The reaction varies, but is always polite, even from Lib/Lab/Con voters. Face-to-face contact with voters shows that we are serious.
However, the primary object of canvassing is to identify your supporters. This is the most basic and essential voter mobilisation strategy of any serious party political organisation. To cover Dorset effectively, we need more deliverers, more canvassers, and more who can help in other ways such as joining/donating or simply allowing us to display an election poster. To do this, all that is needed is as we identify someone who will be voting UKIP, we then simply ask for a little help to get the message across.
A small North Dorset team of us have been meeting up as a ‘Hit Squad’ every Thursday at 6pm to canvass an area, to identify supporters and asking them to help by delivering a small patch of say 100-150 local houses. Every session we have picked up an average of 2 or 3 new UKIP helpers. We now have most of Shaftesbury covered with over 20 new helpers, and having just started in Gillingham, have picked up 10 helpers in three days.
The more helpers we have across the county, the more fresh recruits we have been making. Once fully briefed, you can set to work in your local area. Full briefing/training as to what is involved will be provided, and you can either ‘shadow’ a local canvasser, until you see how easy it is and are confident to either join the team ‘leapfrog’-style, or are ready to canvass your area. To help please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local UKIP branch Chairman or PPC. You can make a difference.
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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.