Friday, 21 November 2014
Congratulations, Cllr Chris Irvine.
The majority was less than some predicted but it's just under 3,000 and over 7% which is pretty healthy. The Tories are trying to spin the defeat as a positive and claim that because the margin is smaller than they predicted, they can win the seat back in 2015. It looks like their target seat maths is as dodgy as the maths they used to predict the UKIP margin because Mark Reckless' 2,090 vote majority makes it the 125th largest majority in the country.
The Tories came a respectable but still fairly distant second whilst Labour finished in third place more than 25% behind UKIP. The Green Party finished in fourth with 4.22%, just missing the magic 5% that would have kept their deposit and the Lib Dems were relegated to fifth place with 0.87% of the vote and were only spared the embarrassment of losing to the Monster Raving Loony Party (something normally reserved for the English Democrats who didn't stand in this by-election) by 198 votes. Britain First's lowly 9th place with just 56 votes shows that their clever social media propaganda machine hasn't turned them into a credible electoral force.
Well done to all involved in the election campaign, the activists that travelled from all parts of the UK and beyond to campaign for Mark Reckless and of course to Mark Reckless himself for the brave decision to resign following his defection and contest his seat as a UKIP candidate. Your hard work paid off, you have helped to make history.
|Geoff Juby||Lib Dem||349||0.87%|
|Hairy Knorm Davidson||Loony||151||0.38%|
|Nick Long||People Before Politics||69||0.17%|
|Jayda Fransen||Britain First||56||0.14%|
|Dave Osborn||Patriotic Socialist||33||0.08%|
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Lib Dem Cllr Folkes resigned as Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources earlier this month and has been urged to resign from the council. Child protection concerns have been raised at the council in relation to Cllr Folkes and a police investigation in 2000.
It's only been a couple of weeks since they landed a £1.7bn bill on George Osborne's desk and now they want more. At least they had a flimsy pretext for demanding the £1.7bn, they didn't just say "we've spent too much money, give us some more".
The Labour Party has been using all-women shortlists to select candidates for some time even though they have been ruled illegal on more than one occasion. Former councillor Siobhan Corria has accused the Welsh Labour Party of only enforcing all-women shortlists where they don't have a preferred male candidate.
The Labour Party denies the accusation and says that it consistently discriminates against men to artificially inflate the number of women in the Welsh Assembly and town halls across Wales.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Cllr Russell Wright said that he believed the Conservative Party had left him, not the other way round and highlighted their failure of young people as a major reason for defecting.
The core values which drew me to the Conservatives were the values my family had lived our life by for generations: Hard work, looking after your own family, a pride in your locality, responsibility not rights, low taxation and welfare only as a last resort.
I'm not an expert economist, but I've been in business for 30 years and I know you cannot spend more than you earn,
“This Tory government has doubled the national debt since 2010. If this carries on, our children and grandchildren will have no future. You can only have welfare if you create the wealth to pay for it.
Owais Rajput said:
After 23 years’ activism in the Labour Party and recent soul-searching, I have concluded the Labour Party is working against the grassroots.
Joe Jordan is a successful businessman and was president of Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce for over 2 years.
I am delighted to be joining Ukip here in Northern Ireland. I have had a long career in business and during my term as president of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce, I dealt with many of our local politicians on a regular basis.
"When I recently made the decision to get involved in politics, there was only ever going to be one home for me, and that was Ukip.
Cllr Robert Hill resigned from the Democratic Unionist Party and joined UKIP yesterday.
It's tragic that 3,500 people have died of ebola. But In Britain alone, 31,000 elderly and vulnerable people will die this winter. Who is singing for that?- Nick Ferrari, LBC presenter
Monday, 17 November 2014
You have an MP for one official reason only - to represent you in the House of Commons - in debates, but most importantly in divisions (parliamentary votes).
This is they only thing they have unique privileges/rights to do - this is what they are paid for.
Everything else they do - charity work, community activities, etc it entirely their own business - they could do this whether or not they were an MP. They are not councillors, social workers, community activists - at least not as part of being an MP. Any such activities they do on their own account and should do on their own time at their own expense.
With this in mind - the essential right to vote in the House of Commons - the biggest influence on any non-independent MP is their party whip. The party whip works for the party leader, to force MPs to support the party/party-leader on parliamentary votes.
Any MP who does not absolutely and clearly show which whip they obey is deceiving the voter, and hiding the biggest potential conflict of interest they have chosen to accept.
It should be a legal requirement (if not already, under the trades description act) for all MP's to declare their party loyalty/whip whenever the represent themselves as an MP.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Cllr Mike Ward says that he was told by headteacher Sue Whealan that his membership of UKIP is not compatible with the values of the school. The statement of values for the school, which Cllr Ward signed off as Chair of the Board of Governors, says the school's aim is that all students:
- are safe and healthy
- enjoy and achieve
- make a positive contribution
- experience success so that they are equipped to make their way in the world of work
The school, the council and the headteacher have yet to explain how Cllr Ward's membership of UKIP doesn't support the aims he himself signed off or why Cllr Ward's human right not to be discriminated against because of his political views have been violated.
This one isn't going to go away any time soon.
|Picture: North Yorks Enquirer|
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said it was "fundamentally underhand" while Bill Cash MP said it was a "disgraceful way of going about a very important matter".
Because the government has acted in this way, the British public will likely be dragged back into the European Arrest Warrant, without so much as a vote for our democratic representatives.
And yet the Tories want you to believe they are tough on Europe.
Watch this video below, and consider donating us £3.70, £37, or £370 to represent the scant few Tories who opposed further EU integration last night. You guessed it: there was ONLY 37 OF THEM.
Remember, on the European Arrest Warrant (and just about everything else)... don't trust the Tories.
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