Charville Ward by-election result – 27/11/2014

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Labour – John Oswell – 950

Conservative – Mary O’Connor – 929

UKIP – Cliff Dixon – 464

TUSC – Wally Kennedy – 40

LibDem – Paul McKeown – 37

A solid result that confirms UKIP as the third party in Hillingdon. Conservative and Labour flooded the area with activists and councillors, whilst we relied on a small team of volunteers and still took almost 20% of the vote.

It is noticeable that after the count, defeated Tory candidate Mary O’Connor told The Gazette, “It was close enough but no comeback, and that’s life, but I suppose the one thing was that the UKIP vote fell away,”

On the turnout, our vote only declined by a few percentage points in the face of a massive campaign – A sure sign that the local Conservative party are seriously concerned about the rise of UKIP and that they see us as a real challenge to the old establishment two party state in the area

 

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Standing in next year’s general election

The following post is taken from the website of UKIP Hillingdon and announces my candidacy for the Hayes & Harlington seat at next year’s general election

Introducing your Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General election

3rd runway consultation CDCliff Dixon is the Chairman of  UKIP Hillingdon branch and the ward representative for Charville

Cliff is a lifelong resident of the borough, born in Hillingdon, and has lived in both Hayes and Uxbridge.

Now in his mid-forties and married with two adult stepchildren, he joined the branch in 2011, being elected chairman the following year.

A communications professional with over 20 years experience, he is a familiar site in Hayes after stints running The Phone Shop in Hayes End Drive and Starline on the Uxbridge Road, as well as occasionally propping up the bar at The Wishing Well in Hayes End and indulging in some ear-splitting karaoke!

 

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Green and Pleasant Land – In The North Only

The following letter was published in this week’s Gazette from our Townfield UKIP ward spokesman, Bernard Fagan. It is worth contrasting the reality faced by a local resident such as ‘Barney’ with the gushing praise for our ‘vibrant’ area on the website of the Aylesbury councillor and Milton Keynes resident who the Conservatives are parachuting in to the seat for next year’s General Election

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I was intrigued in your lead article by Zoe Drewett by the comments therein attributed to Councillor Bianco (Top of tree for many of our green spaces, Gazette, September 17)

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Boris selected for Uxbridge Parliamentary Seat

Sent to me by one of our UKIP Hillingdon members – Was this the speech that Boris gave after his successful nomination for the Uxbridge & South Ruislip Parliamentary seat?

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What Ho! residents of Oxbridge (And that other place tacked onto the side of it, what’s it called? You know – lots of bungalows). I may pop in from time to time but I can’t say when because this ‘being Mayor’ business can be a piddly bit time-consuming. So I’ll get along whenever – I know you’re at the far end of the blue line on the tube map.

I can’t tell you too much about my little caper at this stage, but I need to be sure of a nice safe Tory seat which will guarantee whizzing me into Westminster.

 

Now I know that some of you are unhappy about a brand new railway line we’re going to put right through the middle of your area and you can read all about my thoughts on the matter in the 13th September Daily Telegraph under the headline ‘HS2 opponents are Nimbys who only care about house prices’.

So please give us a wave as we rocket over your vans and trucks sitting on the M25. I’m told it’s always stationery on the western stretch – Don’t know, never have to use the blasted thing!

So – like I said – pop out at the next election and vote Conservative just like your parents did and taught you to do likewise.

And don’t be paying any attention to those UKIP Johnnies who may live in the borough and may care about it as well, but with the help of the press and the BBC, we’ll convince everybody that voting for them will get you Labour. That always works.

 

So run along, and at the next election – Just do what you’ve always done & don’t give it a second thought.

 

Toodle-pip!

 

A Message to Boris

The following press release was put out yesterday by UKIP about the rumours surrounding Boris Johnson standing as MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip

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If Boris Johnson announces his attention to stand in Uxbridge, he’d better beware. That’s the message from UKIP upstart, the red-headed Jack Duffin (Above), who is licking his lips at the challenge. Viewing Boris as fundamentally out of touch with the ‘real people’ of the constituency, the Chairman of UKIP’s youth wing is ready to rise to the bait. He is relishing what he hopes will be the opportunity to expose the Tory Bigwig as ‘more suitable for the Bullingdon club than Parliament’

 

“I came to Hillingdon originally just to study at the University but have now settled into the area and feel an intrinsic connection to it, which is more than Boris can claim. Having just finished eight years working in hospitality this summer, I’ve had an upbringing that has prepared me well to represent the local hard-working people of the constituency. Compare this to the epitome of an out of touch Tory Toff, used to private members clubs, private education and a very colourful private life, and it’s soon clear that Boris should be sent back to the Bullingdon Club, rather than to Parliament.

 

“If I sit back and wait for the Labour and Tory Governments of the next 20 years to continue ruining this country there will be nothing left to fight for. My generation has little or no hope of ever getting on the housing ladder, employment opportunities have diminished and Boris has the audacity to blame young people for their lack of energy.

 

“Boris’ vision for the local area is one of unemployment and poverty. He has nothing in common with the local community and isn’t interested in anything other than his own career progression.

 

“If he gets elected he will be too busy in his role as London Mayor for the first year, which will mean his constituents, after voting him in, will be rewarded by being ignored. After that he will be swanning off to battle Cameron for the leadership. His eyes are on Downing Street not Uxbridge. The residents will be used in the short term for his own gain, only to be cast aside once they’ve served their purpose.

 

“He is actively trying to shut Heathrow, the biggest employer in the area. Replacing it with more housing and fewer jobs, meaning he can pursue his ego trip of building Boris Island. What an absolute idiot. UKIP is the only party that has promised not to build a third runway leading to mass disruption in the local area, but at the same time we know how important it is to keep the UK’s busiest airport open, which is the lynch pin of the local community in terms of direct and indirect employment.

 

“The whole borough is united in trying to stop the white elephant that is HS2, yet Boris has labelled everyone who is against it a NIMBY. I wonder whether he will be buying a house under the flight path to show solidarity with the patch?

 

“He is also the most pro-immigration of any leading figure in the Conservative Party, and has time again argued for an amnesty for illegal immigrants. Our borders are not safe under a Tory Government and certainly not under one led by Boris Johnson.

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“The press have become obsessed with comparing Boris to Nigel,  focusing on personalities rather than politics. But the difference is people voting UKIP know what they are voting for. People backing Nigel always know exactly what he stands for. Our policy pledges are clear, our message is simple and it’s winning people over. Boris plays with smoke and mirrors to cover up his personal ambition as much as possible but it’s so evident that his motivation is focused solely on what’s best for Boris and nothing else. At the end of the day he’s a typical PR savvy, image-conscious, out-of-touch soft Tory who cares more about self-preservation than anything else. He’s no different from all the other like-minded politicians in Westminster, but the public are sensing there’s something new on the market, and that’s the UKIP brand.

 

“I can’t help but be excited to take him on. He’s exactly the sort of phoney conman I want to keep out of the House of Commons, which is what drove me to want to get into politics in the first place.”

 

 

 

Jack Duffin

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/boris-is-too-scared-to-take-on-ukip-9655271.html

 

UKIP Press Release – Rumours surrounding Uxbridge & South Ruislip Constituency

Reports in this week’s papers claim Boris Johnson is considering standing in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015, after John Randall announced he would be standing down at the next General Election. It would be an unusual decision for Boris to contest the constituency as he is someone who has nothing in common with local people, no links to the area and has insulted many of the population here in the past few years.

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Boris is fully behind plans to close Heathrow putting hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly linked to Heathrow in danger (1)

 

It is based purely on his desire to have his ‘Boris Island’ vanity project driven through rather than delivering economic growth and listening to local concerns. We saw his plans fall apart under investigation this week, (2) costing four times his predicted outlay.

 

UKIP is the only major political party that supports a more efficient two runway Heathrow whilst rejecting either expansion or closure.

 

He is in favour of an amnesty for all illegal immigrants in the UK (3) despite local Conservative Council leader Ray Puddifoot already telling local residents that they are struggling to deliver the required amount of school places due to the current levels of immigration (4). With totally open borders to all citizens of the EU and a free pass for all illegal immigrants, the UK would completely lose control of its borders worldwide.

Only UKIP proposes and can deliver an Australian style points system for sensible levels of managed immigration.

 

Boris Johnson has labelled people who oppose HS2 as “Nimbys who only care about house prices”(5). Although John Randall voted for the HS2 paving bill, allowing public money to be allocated to its construction, Boris is a far bigger supporter of the project. Yet again only UKIP are supporting local residents across the country in opposing HS2 on a national level.

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UKIP PPC for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Jack Duffin (left) says, “Boris has shown time and time again by his words and actions that he has nothing but contempt for the residents of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. A vote for Boris is a vote for destroying Heathrow, creating a further rise in unemployment, continued uncontrolled immigration and the building of HS2. Likewise, Labour have also offered no solutions to any of these problems. I hope I get to face Boris in what will become a two horse race between an out of touch career politician and UKIP’s Common Sense Policies for both our area and our country.”

 

(1)    Source – Get West London, 21st March 2014

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/breaking-boris-unveil-vision-life-6861460

(2)    Report – FT.com, 8th July 2014

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2e7b9d4a-06c8-11e4-b0d3-00144feab7de.html#axzz375uJgggm

(3)    Report – Daily Express 2nd July 2013

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/411888/Kick-em-out-before-they-hit-Boris-tells-PM-we-ALREADY-have-illegal-immigrant-amnesty

 

(4)    Report – Uxbridge Gazette, 10th November 2010

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/council-leader-blames-immigration-rising-5991828

 

(5)    Report – Daily Telegraph 28th April 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10794224/HS2-opponents-are-Nimbys-who-only-care-about-house-prices-says-Boris-Johnson.html

 

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UKIP Earthquake hits UK, Tremors felt in Hillingdon

uglybryanLast year saw UKIP take the media by surprise and the country by storm in the local elections, with 147 councillors elected. Many in the media questioned if this could be repeated again this year, with the locals scheduled for the same day as the EU elections on 22nd May.

After an intensive campaign, the highlight of which saw Nigel Farage totally demolish Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg in two live TV debates on our EU membership, the answer was an emphatic YES!

Local Elections

Iver & Richings park byelection Dec 2013Across the country, UKIP took 163 council seats and tipped a number of councils in to no overall control. This was an overall gain of 128 of the seats contested.

In Hillingdon, we fielded a total of 24 candidates across 22 wards (Single in each, with 2 in both Heathrow Villages and South Ruislip). This was a quantum leap forward from 2010, when we fielded a sole candidate in South Ruislip (Robin Kirby) who finished 10th with 611 votes (3.9%)

Our tactics with  limited finances and a small campaign team very nearly paid off, with some near misses in Harefield, Yiewsley, Charville & Uxbridge South. Out of 22 wards, we finished 4th in 8 and 3rd in the only two councillor ward (Harefield) where our candidate Gerard Barry beat incumbent councillor and former Boris Johnson deputy, Richard Barnes.

A strong UKIP showing in Yiewsley saw a Labour target revert to full Conservative control, whilst conversely our presence in Charville, Heathrow Villages, Uxbridge South and West Drayton saw the Conservatives lose seats, most notably former Mayor Mary O’Connor in Charville.

 

In the Labour heartlands of Townfield and Botwell, UKIP are now the main opposition whilst in the Tory North we outpolled Labour in Cavendish, Eastcote & E Ruislip, Ickenham, Uxbridge North, Northwood Hills, Northwood, Harefield, Manor and West Ruislip.

 

These results have seen us become comfortably the third party in Hillingdon with over 17000 votes cast, with the Lib-Dem’s defeated in every ward where they stood against us. If we take the best performing candidate from each party in the ward to get an average vote share, UKIP took 21.6%  – Better than one in five people who voted put a cross against a UKIP candidate, an encouraging portent of things to come.

EU Elections

voteukipHopes were high that we could improve on 2nd place nationally in 2009 and claim top spot in this contest – As the numbers came in from the count on the night of Sunday 25th , it became apparent that UKIP had become the first political party outside of Labour and The Conservatives to win a national election in over 100 years – The ‘Earthquake’ had well and truly hit!

24 UKIP MEP’s were elected, including our first in Scotland (David Coburn), with Gerard Batten holding his seat in London and Paul Oakley just missing out on joining him as our vote share increased.

In Hillingdon, we had taken 10033 votes in 2009, which we easily eclipsed this time out with 19746, just 1452 short of victory. The Conservatives finished second having lost an 8000 majority from their 2009 result in what had turned in to a tight, 3 way contest.

The night may even have had a triumphal ending if it had not been for 2 ‘spoiler’ parties at the top of the ballot paper, UK EPP and An Independence from Europe – UK Independence Now! (The latter being formed by former UKIP MEP, Mike Nattrass) They garnered over 2000 votes between them, and appeared responsible for at least 100 of the spoiled papers that were scrutinised by myself and officers from Labour, Conservative & Greens.

The Campaign

ruledBrittaniaCompared to the establishment parties, we had a smaller team fighting on much more limited resources but certainly punched above our weight! In my own Charville ward, the Conservatives put out 5 leaflets in a month and had a full canvassing team at their disposal yet still lost a seat and failed to put clear daylight between their candidates and UKIP

Here is the campaign in pictures –

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Braving the cold to get an early leaflet run out in Harefield with candidate Gerard Barry back in February

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A decent sized team out to distribute leaflets advertising a public meeting in Heathrow Villages in February

 

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We love Heathrow Villages public meeting – John Stewart from independent campaign group HACAN Clearskies addresses the audience on Heathrow expansion, whilst Gerard Batten MEP and myself look on.

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Banners started popping up all around the borough in February extolling the virtues of Hillingdon Council whilst extra editions of the Council magazine ‘Hillingdon People’ were despatched to every house in the borough. Special ‘Ward’ versions also appeared (below). A freedom of information request showed that Hillingdon Council spent £97000 of public money last year (Excluding design costs) on the magazine.

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Ickenham paper delivery Hillingdon People

During an action day in Ickenham in early March, we came across these fine fellows delivering Hillingdon People magazine. Only one spoke broken English and they enjoyed some refreshment on their rounds as can be seen in the picture.

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Ilyas out campaigning in Ickenham in March sunshine. A committed campaigner, he spent every day with us in the 2 weeks before the election leafleting target wards for hours and was a prime factor in our West Drayton result.

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Christine Taylor in Heathrow Villages putting out our literature in privately owned notice boards. Numerous complaints went in from the other parties about this to electoral services – When they drew a blank the boards were vandalised, triggering a round of tear it down, put it up. Much of the campaigning across the borough was good natured, but not in this ward.

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The BBC paid us a visit on a street stall in Uxbridge. Here, myself and Jack Duffin are interviewed by Andrew Cryan for The Sunday Politics

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Early April saw a very busy public meeting featuring UKIP Culture spokesman Peter Whittle and London Chairman Roger Gravett in Charville ward (Hayes)

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The audience look on

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The following week saw another meeting in Harefield, with Gerard Barry centre stage after the late withdrawal of guest speaker on HS2 councillor Chris Adams

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Bryan and Christine kept the public constantly updated via their Heathrow Villages Notice Board – Here, Bryan poses with yet more dumped rubbish in the ward that the council failed to deal with

DSC_0455[1]We ran a number of street stalls during the campaign – This one is in Ickenham

 

hayesbillboardBillboards for the EU elections started to appear across the borough  in early May

Labour smear leaflet internet friendlyWith Labour terrified of the UKIP surge, they put out leaflets misrepresenting our policies. When challenged, I pointed to their pledge on tough action on immigration which immediately invalidated the authenticity of the rest of the leaflet.

harlington frenchtvThe final weekend – Followed by France Channel 5, a final blitz in Heathrow Villages. A sitting Labour councillor objected to the camera crew when we bumped in to her and was extremely abusive

 

gerard and gerardGerard Barry out in the final leg of the campaign with London MEP Gerard Batten in Harefield

 

jackanndflagPolling day – Jack Duffin grabs the megaphone

A big thank you to all those in Hillingdon who voted for UKIP in these elections – We look forward to coming back even stronger next time and with your help, changing the tired two party system in effect in our borough that is stopping your voices being heard in the way our area is run.

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