Transport Secretary is ‘delusional’ on HS2

If Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin thinks that the General Election result was an endorsement of HS2, then why have the Tories and their 2 MP’s in Hillingdon consistently campaigned on a platform of opposition and not on a pro HS2 ticket? Once again, proof that a Conservative vote in Hillingdon has allowed their party at national level to ram through plans for a rail link that is unnecessary, costly and will destroy parts of our borough. The following story is from The Express & Star….

UKIP MEP brands Transport Secretary ‘delusional’ for saying Conservative election victory was endorsement of HS2

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is ‘delusional’ if he thinks the General Election result was an endorsement of the HS2 rail link, a leading UKIP MEP has said.

UKIP MEP Jill Seymour
UKIP MEP Jill Seymour

UKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour accused the Conservative government of totally ignoring people whose homes stand to be destroyed by the £50 billion high-speed rail link.

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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?

Boris yawn

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

Jack Duffin ANDERS BIRGER UKIP web -5

 

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.

Boris yawn

“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.

Boris Johnson at Talk London event

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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Planes,Trains and Automobiles

Issues of transport infrastructure have never been far from the headlines nationally in recent months, with the government’s commitment to the controversial HS2 high speed rail project getting a large share of column inches.

Heathrow terminal 5Airport capacity has also been flagged up, with the spectre of the Third Runway at Heathrow raising it’s head again – A political hot potato, the government have set the Davies report in to this issue for after the next general election.

In Hillingdon, we are affected by both, with HS2 looking to carve a swathe of devastation through the north of the borough and a possible third runway decimating the south. Our local UKIP branch have been campaigning on both issues, but also on the state of our roads – Indeed, a resident’s petition in Cowley co-ordinated by the branch has seen the three roads affected re-surfaced recently after years of failed patching of potholes.

We have also been alerted to heavy goods vehicles speeding in both Harmondsworth and West Drayton, with our teams out talking with local residents about how they would like the issues tackled. Upcoming EU regulations increasing the size of lorries allowed on English roads could also make a bad problem far worse.

 

Public Meeting – Saturday 14th September

In response to the many enquiries we have received about transport issues, UKIP Hillingdon have now organised a public meeting entitled ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ for next Saturday (14th September) at 7pm.

The venue is the Yiewsley Baptist Church, Colham Avenue, Yiewsley, UB7 8HF

The speakers include –

John Stewart – Chairman – HACAN Clearskies

JohnStewartJohn is a respected campaigner on noise and pollution issues surrounding airport expansion who has spoken and campaigned across Europe.

HACAN Clearskies, along with campaign group NOTRAG and assisted by local MP John McDonnell, fought and successfully stopped a third runway being built at Heathrow last time it was suggested.

John will be giving the case against Heathrow expansion.

 

Cliff Dixon – Chairman – UKIP Hillingdon

I will be putting forward the radical alternative to the third runway as laid out in the UKIP manifesto – Far less expensive, friendlier to the environment, utilising existing facilities with small upgrades and mainly welcomed by local residents and businesses

 

Special Guest Speaker

Mike Nattrass MEP – UKIP Transport Spokesman

Mike Nattrass MEP 2Two term Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the West Midlands, Mike is not only the UKIP spokesman but sits on the EU committee for transport and tourism.

A former deputy leader of UKIP, Mike will be outlining the issues surrounding both our roads and the HS2 rail link, offering sensible alternatives for the future

 

Admission is free, and there will be a Q&A session after the speeches.

If you have an interest in transport on a local, national and indeed international scale, then we look forward to seeing you there.

HS2 – Taking the fight to Westminster

Last Monday (16th July), the Stop HS2 campaign group took their message to the House of Commons.

Consisting of ordinary people from along the length of the proposed high speed rail line, they have been massively successful in gaining publicity about the lack of a sound case for building this new rail link and have confronted both the HS2 Ltd company that has been put together to organise the construction and the successive governments that have insisted that it must be built.

Whilst they are an independent and non-aligned protest organisation, both myself and UKIP as a party (Both nationally and locally) oppose HS2 and as such I tagged along to show my support for the demonstration on the day.

I met with the Hillingdon protesters at Ruislip Underground station at 10am, from where we travelled by Tube to Westminster to meet up with groups from other areas.I was advised by the demo organiser, Lottie Jones, that the MP’s split for their summer holidays the following day so the protest was organised to keep the issue of HS2 fresh in their minds as they headed off.

Whilst on the Tube, it also became apparent that the Government had announced that morning a £9 billion pound rail network investment programme aimed at upgrading existing lines – Something that the campaigners had been calling for as an alternative to HS2. Indeed, one of the people present commented that the architect of the HS2 project had been on record as stating that electrification of the Midland Main Line should be resisted as it would seriously undermine the case for building HS2!

We arrived at the muster point under the statue of King George V at around 11.30am, where protesters from other areas were starting to assemble and put up their banners. A huge inflatable white elephant was to be the centrepiece of the demonstration, and attracted attention from a number of journalists in the area who came over to talk with the organisers.

Just before 12pm, we also got a boost with the arrival of UKIP leader Nigel Farage to have a chat with those assembled and to show support. Amongst the other familiar faces to arrive with him were UKIP press officer Gawain Towler, GLA mayoral candidate Lawrence Webb and Aylesbury councillor Chris Adams.

Film crews were also starting to take an interest, with Russia Today the first of a number to show up. These were followed by a team from the BBC and finally a very well dressed and affable fellow from Sky with his team.

Most of the UKIP luminaries moved on after around fifteen minutes, although Chris Adams stayed with us to the end. He is currently producing leaflets for his Aylesbury constituency pointing out the absurdity of spending £32 billion of public money on a train line that most ordinary people won’t use or can’t afford and how everyone in the country will be affected by this in increased taxes to pay for it!

He brought a large laminated copy of the leaflet with him for the day,and can be seen displaying it (right) with one of the David Cameron masks that were doing the rounds obscuring his handsome features!

Just before 1pm, a spokesman for the Stop HS2 campaign made a speech from the bottom of the George V statue commenting on the £9 billion upgrade package, and advising all who were there of  what the campaign had achieved so far and what more needed to be done in the coming months. He then asked all present to dial in to the House of Commons switchboard and ask for their MP to come out and speak with them.

I rang through and asked to speak with Hayes & Harlington MP John McDonnell – The switchboard put me through to his office, where I received a recorded announcement telling me that this is a message line for him and messages can only be left between 10am and 1pm Monday-Friday!

The other campaigners had more success with their MP’s, and we were soon joined by Uxbridge MP John Randall and Ruislip & Northwood MP Nick Hurd.

John Randall (In the green jacket) chatted quite happily with the crowd for around twenty minutes and seemed to be genuinely interested in the issues, whilst Nick Hurd (In the red tie) also promised to look in to certain aspects that the demonstrators were raising with him.

 Another MP who I didn’t recognise also came down and talked with the assembled protesters for around ten minutes before heading back in to the House somewhat dampened from the experience!

Making a Valid point

I spoke with a number of people throughout the day who had travelled in to London to have their voice heard by our government. The message from them all was quite clear – There is no valid business case for HS2, it is a massive waste of money when other options are available at a fraction of the cost to improve our railways, it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and the country in it’s current predicament can’t afford it.

This message was conveyed calmly and firmly to the MP’s who spoke with us on the day, and hopefully has been noticed by transport minister Justine Greening. She has delayed discussion on the compensation packages for those affected until Parliament returns in the Autumn, when stage 2 of the project (Including the Heathrow Spur) will be announced.

Let us hope that the protesters voices are heard and that there is no need for compensation or a stage 2 as reason will out and the whole waste of money will be shelved.

For more details on the Stop HS2 campaign, visit their website at http://ruislip-against-hs2.co.uk/