The truth about Hillingdon Council’s ‘Financial Prudence’

Hillingdon council cabinetOur national debt recently exceeded the £1.5 trillion mark – We spend more money in interest payments on the debt annually than we do on defence. Locally, our Conservative Council constantly tell you about their outstanding financial record in much the same way as their national party do at Westminster. ‘Council tax frozen’ is one of their favourite cries, neglecting to mention that Hillingdon levies one of the highest council tax bills in London already.

Their ‘financial prudence’ claims are further tested by the write off of £2.5 million of your money in 2011 in a failed Icelandic Bank, with millions still owing from Landsbanki and Heritable.

 

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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

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

 

Public meetings and Hustings events

With the General Election campaign moving in to it’s final stages, the following local meetings will give you a chance to question the candidates and hear what their party’s propose for our area.

UKIP Public meeting – Thursday 23rd April (St George’s Day)

Start time – 8.15pm

Venue – West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton, UB7 9JL

Peterr Whittle 1Headline speaker is UKIP’s culture and communities spokesman, Peter Whittle. (Left)

A noted author and media broadcaster, Peter also founded and heads up The New Culture Forum think tank.

Support speaker will be UKIP’s Hayes & Harlington candidate and Hillingdon branch Chairman, Cliff Dixon.

A Q&A session will follow their short presentations

 

 

Uxbridge & South Ruislip Constituency hustings – Sunday 26th April

Start time – 7.30pm

Venue – Yiewsley Baptist Church, Colham Avenue, Yiewsley, UB7 8HE

jack duffin 1The third and final hustings for the constituency, UKIP will be represented by our candidate Jack Duffin (Left)

Boris Johnson will again be absent as he is ‘too busy’ to attend.

 

 

Hayes & Harlington Constituency hustings – Tuesday 28th April

Start Time – 7.30pm

Venue – St Anselm’s Church, Station Road, Hayes, UB3 4DF

CD leaflet image jpegOrganised by The Hillingdon Interfaith network, UKIP will be represented by our candidate, Cliff Dixon (Left)

Labour, Conservative, Green and Lib-Dem candidates will also be on show.

 

 

Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner constituency – Thursday 30th April

Start Time – 7.30pm

Venue – Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, Green Lane, Northwood, HA6 3AA

Harefield Pub meeting Feb 15 GerardThe final hustings for the constituency, UKIP will be represented by our candidate, Gerard Barry. (Left)

 

 

 

We hope to see some of you there

Is Hillingdon council leader Ray Puddifoot calling Boris Johnson a liar?

UKIP Hillingdon press release 31st March 2015

Ray PuddifootIn The Gazette dated 25th March, Ray Puddifoot (Left) responded to UKIP criticisms of council spending on self-promotion by stating that “Hillingdon Council is not responsible for Police budgets” and accused our Parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge & South Ruislip, Jack Duffin, of having a ‘Lack of understanding’

Freedom of Information requests by Mr Duffin had revealed that Hillingdon Council had spent £8435.54 for on line advertising in financial year 2013/14 to add to the nearly £100,000 spent on their promotional magazine ‘Hillingdon People’ in the same period.

UKIP policy in Hillingdon is to scrap the magazine and redirect that money to front line services including Policing.

Jack Duffin profile high res

In reply to Mr Puddifoot’s statement, Jack Duffin said, “ If the council is not responsible for Police budgets, then why did Boris Johnson state in his 2012 Mayoral campaign that for every extra police officer funded by a local authority he would match that in a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer from the Greater London Authority (GLA)?

Indeed, Boris stated in the document ‘Fighting Crime in London’ that twelve London Boroughs, including neighbouring Harrow, had taken him up on the offer.

If this is the case, then either Ray Puddifoot has a ‘lack of understanding’ of what is available to him concerning policing in Hillingdon or he is calling Boris Johnson a liar.”

 

Press Release Ends

Related documents –

http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Boris-Johnson-2012-Crime-Manifesto.pdf

Fighting Crime in London – Boris Johnson manifesto 2012 (Relevant info on page 12)

 

More Taxpayers Money spent on Council self-promotion

hillingdon council noticeA freedom of information request submitted by UKIP Parliamentary candidate Jack Duffin has revealed that Hillingdon Council are spending further taxpayers money on propaganda rather than services.

 

It reveals that £8435.54 was spent in 2013/14 on social media, with spend to date in the current financial year at £6389.07.

 

420237_346537172116972_1380866219_nMr Duffin (Pictured left) said, “ Our previous investigations revealed that Hillingdon Council spent nearly £100,000 on their promotional magazine, Hillingdon People, in 2013 – Now we see that they are topping this up with additional spend in on line advertising. Meanwhile, they have cut front line policing numbers and the maintenance teams who look after our social housing. Is this a proper use of local taxpayer’s money?”

UKIP would axe the Hillingdon People magazine and redirect this cash in to front line services such as extra Police officers, street cleaning and the NHS, whilst encouraging more interaction by local councillors with their constituents and engagement with local media outlets to get information out.

 

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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