The Chennai 6 – an update

I recently wrote on this blog about the British ex-servicemen currently held on trumped up charges in an Indian gaol.

Further to an email to Foreign Secretary and Uxbridge MP Boris Johnson, I recently received the following reply to my enquiry about what the British government is doing to secure their release…

 

Dear Mr Dixon

Thanks you for your email of 6 October about the six former soldiers currently detained in India.

While we are unable to interfere in another country’s legal processes, I can reassure you that since the men’s detention we have regularly made clear to the Indian authorities our interest in this case. Each time we raise this case, we stress the importance of seeing progress and make clear the enormous strain and financial difficulty the ongoing separation is causing the men and their families.

The Prime Minister last raised the case with Indian Prime Minister Modi when they met in July at the G20 in Hamburg. I raised the case with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, in August and the the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt Hon Mark Field MP, raised the case with the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr J Akbar, when he visited India in October. He also visited the men in detention and subsequently met with families in London on the fourth anniversary of the men’s arrest on 12 October.

The Data Protection Act of 1998 prevents me from discussing the details of the consular assistance we are providing to any British national without their express permission, but I can assure you that while the case continues and the men remain in detention, consular officials continue to support them, focusing on the men’s welfare.

They take account of their individual needs and have secured significant improvements in their detention conditions.

The Right Hon Boris Johnson MP

 

My thanks to Boris Johnson for his reply and we hope to see these brave men home soon

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It’s Conference season

Party Conference season is upon us and the circus unfolds.

This week, Labour have been going through their paces and the clowns have been front and centre – take a bow Clive Lewis, John McDonnell and not forgetting Diane Abbott.

Not a lot of policy on BREXIT but lots of misguided political correctness  to get your teeth in to

 

Here’s my take….

 

Snap General Election – YOU can help!

Theresa May’s decision to call a General Election on June 8th caught many by surprise, although I had been suspicious for months.

With the date set, UKIP now need to gear up quickly to fight an effective, targeted campaign.

I will once again be standing in Hayes & Harlington against John McDonnell with our choice of candidate for the other two Hillingdon seats to be announced in the coming days.

Unlike the establishment political parties, we don’t have big corporate backers or trade unions to supply us with the funds to run a campaign and instead rely on the generosity of ordinary citizens to fund our People’s Army.

This is where you can help.

£30 buys us enough paper to print an election address for a council ward within a Parliamentary constituency.

£180 will pay for a glossy A4 candidate leaflet for 5000 doors, whilst £40 will pay to deliver 1000 leaflets when our activists are stretched.

£500 will fund an election deposit, refundable if we get 5% or more of the vote. (We got double figure percentages in all three seats at the last General Election)

Can YOU help and ensure that UKIP can continue to drive the political agenda and hold the government to account?

If so, you can donate via the link here (Scroll down to the donate button at the bottom of the page)

http://www.ukiphillingdon.com/?page_id=9272

Alternatively, get in touch and we can inform you of how to pay by cheque or bank transfer on 07939 223659

All donations, no matter how large or small, are gratefully accepted and will be put to very good use.
Theresa May and the Tories cannot be trusted to deliver a clean BREXIT without UKIP there to keep them honest – after all, we would not have had the EU Referendum without a strong party driving the agenda. What’s more, she has already ringfenced foreign aid whilst children are in poverty and families depend on food banks at home, has U turned on the Third Runway at Heathrow , wants to keep the European Arrest Warrant (Which means the European Court will have precedence over our own) and is going soft on migration where her own track record is already poor.

Labour are no alternative – Corbyn and McDonnell want to keep open door migration (Putting additional stress on the NHS, schools and housing), are financially incompetent and would leave our country defenceless in the face of international terrorism and an increasingly unstable world.

On June 8th, we need a strong UKIP vote to help our country achieve the bright future that beckons outside the EU – please help us to ensure that it happens.

 

Parliament 2015

English Patriot will be featuring posts from guest writers in the New Year offering a different perspective on world and domestic events. Here is the first of our guest writers, John Planter, with his take on the current state of UK Politics…………………

 

Inspired by an excellent original article by American Judge Anna von Reitz observing events in America.

Acknowledgement to where some of her words have been shamelessly borrowed 

Parliament from the Thames

You can see why Parliament acts as it does. From their perspective they are a permanent ruling class London club with members that change now and again.

It is the rest of the country, us, you and me, the serfs who are responsible – we are the cause and the solution to the Parliament problem. It is us, we have forgotten who we are and what our powers are and what powers we delegated to Parliament and how we can also take back any power delegated to them. This also applies to the councils, and the Monarch – the Monarch represents people who represent Monarch.

 

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Election 2015 – UKIP make spectacular gains

After months of exhaustive campaigning, May 7th saw the culmination of all our members hard work at the count for the General Election

Howling Laud Hope at the count

Cliff at the Hillingdon count with Howling Laud Hope of The OMRLP

UKIP in Hillingdon

For the first time, the branch fielded candidates in all three constituencies in the borough. With two safe Conservative and one safe Labour seat to contest, the objective was to grow vote share and consolidate the position we gained in last year’s local elections as the third party in Hillingdon on the limited resources available to us.

The night seemed to confirm that we had indeed succeeded as comparison between now and 2010 shows (Below) –

Hayes & Harlington

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2015 candidate – Cliff Dixon

3rd place – 5,388 votes (12%)

2010 candidate – No UKIP candidate

Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner

Harefield Pub meeting Feb 15 Gerard2015 candidate – Gerard Barry

3rd place – 5,598 votes (10.9%)

2010 candidate – Jason Pontey – 4th place – 1351 votes (2.7%)

 

Uxbridge & South Ruislip

Jack Duffin profile high res2015 candidate – Jack Duffin

3rd place – 6,346 votes (14.2%)

2010 Candidate – Mark Wadsworth – 5th place – 1234 votes (2.7%)

 

So, as can be seen, the growth in support has been spectacular and we retained all of our deposits on the night. With a small band of volunteers and limited finances, double digit percentages were recorded in the face of vastly superior firepower from the old establishment parties and this augurs well for future campaigns with our membership growing at a rapid rate.

In terms of UKIP across London, all of our constituencies in Hillingdon ranked in the top 20 results on the night

UKIP Nationally

UKIP battle bus Chafford 2

Mirroring what we saw in Hillingdon, the national picture saw a massive surge in support for UKIP. The first past the post electoral system was the only negative, with UKIP returning just one MP (Douglas Carswell in Clacton).

However, our vote share rose by 9.5% over 2010 to 12.6% and the number of votes cast for us (3,881,129) was only exceeded by The Conservatives and Labour. We also saw a massive 120 second place finishes across the country which again bodes well for future campaigns.

To put this in to perspective, Plaid Cymru only received 181,694 votes (0.6%) yet now have 3 MP’s at Westminster – Indeed, the SNP and Liberal Democrats number of votes combined was less than that of UKIP and they returned 56 and 8 MP’s respectively!

These results have seen a clamour on social media over the last 24 hours from all quarters demanding electoral change – Once again, as on the EU and uncontrolled immigration, UKIP is driving the political agenda.

Campaign highlights

CD Thurrock March 2015

From a personal perspective, there were a number of fond memories I will take from this campaign.

Speaking in front of hundreds of people at an anti third runway rally in Westminster whilst sharing a stage with high ranking members of other political parties, trade unionists and environmental campaigners will stay with me for a long time. Likewise, I made many friends in Thurrock during my regular forays to the constituency to support Tim Aker MEP in a seat he came agonisingly close to winning (The branch made spectacular gains in the local elections there held on the same day, with 7 seats falling to UKIP)

The St George’s Day public meeting in West Drayton with Peter Whittle was extremely enjoyable, whilst the radio debate I did with the Lib-Dem candidate on Hayes FM two days before the election was fun.

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However, the highlight to me was the Stop Heathrow Expansion demonstration and the re-opening of The Great Barn in Harmondsworth. It was my privilege to meet a World War 2 veteran by the name of Tommy and help him to and from a tree planting at the end of the event to mark where the boundary of a new northern runway would be.

Tommy lives in the Villages and is suffering with his health, but made the journey to attend in spite of that because he wants to live out his life in the house that he shares with his wife. Inspirational people like Tommy make me realise that we must win the fight against the runway, both for the last of his generation of heroes and the new generations that will follow them.

 

The Road ahead

With so much support now building in Hillingdon, we move on to the Mayoral and Greater London Assembly (GLA) elections next year.

A similar result would see us gain two seats on the assembly via the fairer PR voting system, but with momentum behind us and a growing membership there is no reason why we could not see more. The political landscape is changing and it is UKIP driving that change.

Stick with us for the journey ahead and let’s make Hillingdon and England a better place together

Gerard Barry & Jack Duffin

 

100 days until the Election, 100 reasons to vote UKIP

 

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With 100 days to the election, here are 100 great reasons to vote UKIP

1. Get Britain out of the European Union
2. Get control of immigration with an Australian-style, points-based immigration system
3. £3bn more, annually, into our NHS which desperately needs it
4. Scrap tuition fees for students studying Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths, or Medical degrees
5. Pay greater attention to elderly care across the country
6. Cutting £9bn from our foreign aid budget
7. Give the people the ability to “recall” their MPs, without parliamentary or MP approval
8. Stopping our endless, foreign wars
9. Promoting a British identity, as opposed to failed multiculturalism
10. Allowing existing schools to become grammar schools

Harefield street stall July 201311. Ending PFI privatisation of the NHS, proliferated by Labour and the Tories
12. Ensuring our armed services are properly equipped for when we do need them
13. Establishing a Veteran’s Administration to look after those who looked after us
14. Encouraging inward investment with growth markets, not JUST the failing Eurozone
15. Overcoming the unfairness of MPs from devolved nations voting on English laws
16. Cutting bureaucracy, red tape, and wasteful spending from government departments
17. Cutting the same bureaucracy that hinders small businesses and entrepreneurs
18. Supporting our farmers with a Single Farm Payment Scheme
19. Ending the burdensome “green levies” that have added £000s to our energy bills
20. Scrapping the poorly planned HS2 project, saving up to £50bn
21. Opposing tolls on public roads – we’ve already paid for them
22. Supporting bus passes for pensioners with the support of local authorities
23. Foreign vehicles to require Britdisc passes to contribute to our roads they use
24. Ending the use of speed cameras as revenue raisers – they should be a deterrent
25. Protecting our green belt
26. A central list of brownfield sites for developers
27. Houses on brownfield sites to be Stamp Duty exempt on first sale
28. VAT relaxed for redevelopment of brownfield sites
29. Local referenda for large-scale development, if triggered by 5% of electorate
30. Introducing the ability for citizens to initiate national referenda
31. Withdrawing from the European Court of Human Rights
32. Reversing the government’s opt-in to the European Arrest Warrant
33. Negotiating bi-lateral agreements to replace EAW

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34. No votes for prisoners
35. Full prison sentences should be served, parole on case-by-case basis
36. Replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights
37. Official documents to be published primarily in English
38. Cracking down on honour killings, female genital mutilation, and forced marriages
39. Reviewing the BBC licence fee with a view to reducing it
40. Taking non-payment of the licence fee out of the criminal sphere
41. Amend the smoking ban to promote choice for ventilated smoking rooms
42. Opposing plain packs for cigarettes, which has had no impact where trialled
43. Promoting the employment of young, British workers
44. Repealing the Agency Workers Directive
45. Encouraging councils to provide more free parking on High Streets
46. Simplifying planning regulations for long-term empty commercial properties
47. Extending the right of appeal for micro businesses against Revenue and Customs
48. Negotiating bespoke trade agreements with EU member states and worldwide
49. Reoccupying our seat at the World Trade Organisation
50. Abolishing inheritance tax

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51. Introducing a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000 – taking many public sector workers out of top rate of tax
52. Setting up a Treasury Commission to make sure big corporations pay their way in taxes
53. Abolishing the Dept of Energy and Climate Change and rolling retained functions into DEFRA
54. Introducing an Apprenticeship Qualification for students who don’t want to do non-core GCSEs
55. Scrapping the arbitrary 50% target for university attendance
56. Students from the EU to pay the same as International Students
57. Introducing more power for parents: OFSTED to investigate schools on petition signed by 25% of parents or governors
58. Guaranteeing a job in the police, prison, or border forces for anyone who has served 12 years in the Armed Forces
59. Priority social housing for ex-service men and women, and those returning from service
60. Veterans to receives Veteran’s Card to ensure they’re supported in event of mental health care and more
61. All entitlements to be extended to servicemen and women recruited from overseas
62. Establishing a National Service Medal for all those who have served
63. Encouraging local authorities to buy out their PFI contracts where affordable
64. Ensuring GP’s surgeries are open at least one evening per week where demand permits
65. Ensuring migrants have NHS-approved health insurance until they have paid into the system for 5 years
66. Ending hospital car parking charges
67. Replacing bureaucratic watchdogs with locally elected health boards for more transparency
68. Stopping the sale of patient data to big business
69. Ensuring a high standard of English speakers in the NHS
70. Amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons, and medics better environments
71. Encouraging and protecting whistleblowing to get to the bottom of poor performance
72. Ensuring migrants have jobs and accommodation before they can come to the UK
73. Migrants will only be eligible for residency after 10 years’ working here
74. Reinstating the primary purpose rule, bringing an end to sham marriage migration

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75. No amnesty for illegal immigrants, or those gaining UK passports via fraud
76. Protecting genuine refugees by returning to the UN Convention of Refugees principles
77. British companies to be prioritised to deliver foreign aid contracts
78. Repealing the Climate Change Act 2008 which costs the economy £18n per year
79. Scrapping the Large Combustion Plant directive and redevelop UK power stations
80. Supporting the development of UK Shale Gas with proper safeguards
81. No new taxpayer subsidy for wind farms
82. Leaving the Common Agricultural Policy
83. Allowing parliament to vote on GM foods
84. Reinstating British territorial waters
85. Food to be labelled with country of origin, method of production, method of slaughter and more
86. Ban live animal exports for slaughter
87. Scrapping the Bedroom Tax
88. Child benefit only for children permanently resident in the UK
89. Future child benefit to be limited to first two children only
90. Ensuring an initial presumption of 50-50 parenting on child custody matters
91. Safeguarding visitation rights for grandparents
92. Supporting a streamlined welfare system and a benefit cap
93. Enrolling unemployed benefits claimants into workfare or community schemes
94. Placing revenues from shale gas into a Sovereign Wealth Fund to ensure future growth and security
95. Emphasising the immediate need to utilise forgotten British infrastructure like Manston Airport
96. No cuts to frontline policing
97. Prioritising social housing for those whose parents and grandparents were born locally
98. Reaffirming British laws, rather than allowing dual-track legal systems for minorities in the UK
99. Promoting patriotism and the importance of British values in our schools
100. Rebalancing Britain’s economy

Do you agree? If so, please share!

Harlington action day Oct 2014

 

Cracking down on extremism – The Rhetoric and the Reality

The Rise of IS (Islamic State) in Syria & Iraq has led our government to make many statements in the media about how they will confront extremism in our country – With Cameron’s pledge to bar re-entry to those fighting for IS in tatters because of ‘Human Rights’ laws, the following exchange of letters between myself and The Home Office via our local MP shows just how clueless and impotent they really are –

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