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

CD leaflet image jpeg

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.

cliffpearl

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

 

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A message to the people of Hayes & Harlington

clifflookingwellDear Neighbour

 

Hayes can be a wonderful place. I remember when we had more green spaces, when Hayes & Yeading FC used to play in Hayes, when our High Street was full of local small shops and when EMI was open and employing local people, when we had hope.

It is time for a change. I’m writing to you as the only locally born and educated candidate on your ballot paper. I was born in Hillingdon, met my wife and settled down in Hayes and now live in Cowley.

I was here before politics. I will be here long after, in our community.

UKIP won in the European elections and we beat the Conservatives in parts of Hayes last year in the locals. I can stop Labour and be your voice in Westminster to control immigration, get an EU Referendum, defend our NHS and invest a further £3bn more into the service from our EU contributions. I want to stop spending money on foreign aid and instead see that we look after our armed forces and pensioners.

These are the priorities of the majority of the British people. They’re my priorities too.

Locally, I want Hayes cleaned up and proper repairs made to council properties. I want to see more Police on the beat. I want to defend our green belt and make sure local families are prioritised for social housing and school places. You and your family come first.

When you vote, remember you’re voting for who you want to represent you and stand up for you in Parliament. I can be your voice, a UKIP voice who will make our local issues national priorities. But I can only do this with your help. Please lend me your support and together we can turn Hayes and West Drayton around.

 

Best Wishes

                   Cliff Dixon

 

Printed and promoted by Jack Duffin on behalf of Cliff Dixon, UKIP Hillingdon, 43 Crosier Road, UB10 8RR

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

Lake Farm sign

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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