Last weekend (18th February), members of the Hillingdon branch of UKIP attended the UKIP for London campaign launch at the Royal National Hotel in central London.
A well attended event saw senior members of the party outline the issues that we will be campaigning on, and introduced us to our new, young team who will be fighting for the rights of ordinary Londoners.
London Mayoral Candidate
Lawrence Webb is something of a UKIP veteran, and has already been busy talking with ordinary Londoners and putting their views across in interviews with the media,including a spot on Iain Dale’s LBC Radio show recently
Lawrence will campaign on a number of issues that matter to real Londoners.
- Tackling the lack of law and order in London which was clearly demonstrated by the recent riots.
- Gaining a tighter grip on immigration to ensure that Londoners are put first when it comes to jobs and housing.
- Halting the burden of EU legislation threatening the City of London and its place as one of the world’s greatest global financial capitals.
- Restricting the extension of the Low Emission Zone which will have a detrimental effect on thousands of small businesses across the capital unless they upgrade or change their vehicles.
After the result was announced, Mr Webb said: “I am delighted to have won the nomination to be UKIP’s Mayoral candidate for the 2012 London Elections, and would like to thank all those who voted for me.
“I can now get on with the task of setting out UKIP’s vision for London, which I believe will resonate with the ordinary folk in London. I believe that Londoners are crying out for change especially in light of the recent riots and the less that helpful comments of both Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone. With the ongoing Euro debt crisis and the negative impact of EU legislation on London jobs there has never been a better time for UKIP and I look forward to achieving real success in London in 2012.”
Our Candidates for the ‘Super constituencies’
In GLA elections, many of the traditional parliamentary constituencies are grouped together to form 14 ‘super constituencies’. My own London Borough, Hillingdon, is paired with Ealing in the GLA elections, and part of the election concerns voting for a candidate to represent the area on the Greater London Assembly.
UKIP have announced our 14 candidates as follows –
Barnet & CamdenMichael Corby
Bexley & Bromley David Coburn
Brent & Harrow Mick McGough
City & East Steven Woolfe
Croydon & Sutton Winston McKenzie
Ealing & Hillingdon Helen Knight
Enfield & Haringey Peter Staveley
Greenwich & Lewisham Paul Oakley
Havering & Redbridge Lawrence Webb
Lambeth & Southwark Gawain Towler
Merton & Wandsworth Mazhar Manzoor
North East Paul Wiffen
South West Jeff Bolter
West Central Elizabeth Jones
Special congratulations go to our Hillingdon member and superconstituency candidate Helen (left), who yesterday became Mrs Knight.
Commiserations to her new Husband Steve, who will now be spending their honeymoon at next week’s UKIP Spring Conference in Skegness!
The candidates selected show how far UKIP have progressed in such a short time and prove conclusively that the party can no longer be lazily branded as ‘Tory Light’ or ‘one issue’ by our opponents.
Included in our team are a barrister, former British champion boxer, antiques dealer, retired Police officer, electrician, railway engineer and solicitor – I believe this gives UKIP the breadth of skills to deal with the challenges that our city faces.
The Top up List
Part of the unique flavour of the GLA Elections is the ‘Top up’ or ‘party’ list. Fourteen members of the Assembly are elected by direct constituency vote, whilst the remaining eleven are elected via a separate vote for the party you want to represent you London wide on the GLA. UKIP gained two members on the Assembly in 2004 via the list, and the job of these assembly members is vital in holding whoever is elected as Mayor to account for their actions.
Here is our team of candidates for the London Assembly elections on May 3.
With London going to the polls on 3rd May, I wish all the candidates well and look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting stuck in with the rest of the Hillingdon team to make a positive change for our area.
For full details on the UKIP GLA Election campaign, visit www.ukipmayor.com
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