A record number of UKIP MPs and councillors will be returned by the public next month, predicted deputy party leader Paul Nuttall today. (Fri)
Speaking at UKIP’s North West election campaign launch in Crewe Mr Nuttall, the region’s MEP, pointed out to the packed room that the party has a candidate in each of the 72 constituencies.
“Our manifesto was launched two days ago and it shows we have the answers to many of the problems for people for in the North West, including a sensible reduction in immigration, up to £3bn extra a year for the NHS and no tax on the minimum wage.”
North West chairman John Stanyer spoke of the increase in membership with figures in the region now standing at almost 4,000. As well as a parliamentary candidate in every seat the party has also 600 council and mayoral candidates – the largest number ever.
Also addressing the audience, which included many of the candidates, Richard Lee, chairman of Crewe and Nantwich branch, who said how upset local people are that developers have been allowed to build on so much green belt land and job agencies only seem to employ Eastern Europeans.
He added that at a hustings the previous night the other candidates were “all promising the earth” but with no explanation of how they are going to pay for it. On the other hand UKIP has fully costed manifesto pledges.
Parliamentary candidate for Heywood and Middleton, John Bickley, who came within touching distance of winning the seat at the last by-election, said, “More and more Labour supporters are realising that the party has betrayed them. “
And he pointed out that Labour was at the forefront of privatisation when outsourced it NHS work to the private sector.
Mr Bickley added that his challenge to the Tories in his constituency is that that they are in danger of sending Labour into government and should instead they should vote UKIP.
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