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Member-Get-Member

The rise of UKIP in the last two years has been impressive, to say the least.  Hundreds of council seats gained. For the first time in over 100 years both the Conservative and Labour parties were defeated in a national poll, and it took UKIP to achieve this. In spite of having no MPs our campaign themes of ‘out of the EU’ and taking control of EU ‘open border’ mass immigration literally dominated the policy agenda both with the media as well as our Lib/Lab/Con opponents. Just think what we will do once we have actual UKIP MPs.

And UKIP membership has doubled. But our phenomenal electoral success has in many respects roared ahead of what would in any other circumstances have been an astounding increase in membership. The membership increase has, in many cases, been in spite of our effort to recruit. People have come forward either by telephone or online and joined. This has been fantastic, but we also need to run a proactive recruitment campaign to invite potential members to join, so we sign up even more members because of our efforts to.

Those best placed to identify potential new members are those who have already committed to membership themselves.

Friends and family, colleagues and other acquaintances, people you know who are parish councillors, community leaders and activists and the ‘movers and shakers’ in your local communities. Many you may know from comments and conversations that are or might just be UKIP supporters. More and more people have come to know, or are beginning to realise, that the Lib/Lab/Con are basically all the same and, in the end, will do nothing to get our country back.

So this time, we are not asking you to dig deeper into your pockets, or to pound the streets (but anyone who wishes to would always be welcome, here in North Dorset – a team will be going out every Thursday throughout the Summer.) Please suggest to your branch Chairman people to invite. Please include name and full address with postcode if known. Also for each name whether we can say we are writing at your request (it helps with a more personalised approach), or whether you wish to keep yourself anonymous with any particular suggestions.

UKIP will face its biggest challenge in 2015: to gain their first crop of seats in the Westminster election next year. Membership and membership income are our lifeblood and our main source of help to get our message across locally. Unlike the other parties, we receive no funding from Russian oligarchs or trade unions. Getting the message across, and fighting elections all costs money. Just 1,000 new members would produce enough income to pay for an election address through every door of 20 marginal constituencies.

Please will you put on your thinking cap and think, who would be good for UKIP and send details to your local branch Chairman?  Member-Get-Member! Thank you.

Download a membership application form: Member Application North Dorset.

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Jobs, Free Trade v Out of the EU???

On the eve of the Farage v Clegg In or Out of the EU debate on the BBC, it is predictable what the pro-EU Clegg will state as his big argument. Even though it has been firmly disproved, the three establishment political parties will continue to trot out the line that if we were not part of the European Union (EU), the UK would not be able to do any business and 3 million jobs would be lost.

There are 3 million jobs connected to our trade with the European Union, but that is because of our trade with the EU, and not because of our membership. More importantly, we buy from the EU much more than we sell, and the customer is king. The UK is now the worldwide number one export destination for goods from Germany. There is no prospect of a trade war with Germany. The likes of Audi, Mercedes, and Volkswagen would not allow the German Chancellor to enter such a war. Overall the UK is also the EU’s biggest customer, larger even than the United States. Many more EU jobs depend on UK custom. It is obviously in the interests of the EU to have a free trade agreement with the UK to keep their biggest customer. In any case, the Lisbon Treaty requires the EU to make a trade agreement with any nation that leaves the EU.

As members of the EU, we are members of a customs union that forbids us legally from entering our own free trade agreements with any part of the world. Britain would have greater global influence if we could negotiate our own trade deals. The EU is declining as a percentage of global trade every year, and the continental interests are clearly different to British interests.

This point is explicitly clear when it comes to free trade agreements with the Commonwealth or the rest of the English-speaking world – who have obvious close bonds with the UK. The EU has been useless in entering free trade agreements with Commonwealth countries. After 40 years the EU today has entered a free trade agreement with just one of the 53 other member states in the Commonwealth. Could there be a clearer example of the EU having totally different priorities and interests than Britain?

Compared with 0.5 billion in the EU, there are 2.2 billion people in the Commonwealth – 30% of the population of the world. They largely speak English, they share common business practices to Britain, have similar contract law, share a common history, have parliamentary democracies and rule of law based on the British system, individual liberty and free trade, have our Queen as the Head of the Commonwealth, and most important of all, are willing to do business with us.

Last March, Iceland, which has a population of 320,000, entered a free trade deal with China. In the world the UK is the 6th largest economy, the 8th largest manufacturer, the 5th largest trading nation, and our capital is the world’s largest financial centre. Britain and British business would be better off out of the costly, meddling EU.

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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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