Tuesday, 7 July 2009

UKIP candidate gives up his job to campaign in by-election as the Green candidate concedes defeat

Glenn Tingle, the UK Independence Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North has committed himself full time to his ‘Clean Start for Norwich North’ by-election campaign by giving up his job as a contracts manager for a local engineering company. Mr Tingle formally submitted his nomination papers on Monday (6th July).

He said: “I did not feel that I could fully commit myself as a candidate, while trying to hold down a job. For me, the ‘Clean Start for Norwich North’ campaign is far too important to be going at it with anything less than 100% concentration. It was also unfair to my employer. The voters are crying out for a fresh start and they won’t get that from any of the other parties.

“The Tories have chosen a youngster, who works in London and who has very limited knowledge of local issues and the Lib Dems have brought in a failed candidate from another local constituency. The Labour Party is in meltdown and the Green Party has chosen Rupert Read, who has already conceded defeat in the by-election, in comments he made to the Times last Friday. Not the most inspiring field to choose from unless you vote for Glenn Tingle and a ‘Clean Start for Norwich North’.”

UKIP's momentum in the Norwich North by-election is definetly building with dozens of UKIP's activists canvassing and leafletting the length and breadth of the constituency. They have been joined by UKIP's MEPs in the Eastern region David Campbell Bannerman and Stuart Agnew, as well as two other MEPs UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and Party Chairman Paul Nuttall. Other MEPs will shortly touch down in Norwich to help out in what has so far been a big campaign for the Party .

However, we do want more UKIP members and activists to help with the effort. The aim is to carry on the huge momentum created by UKIP's second place finish in the European Election, but this can only be done if every UKIP member does all that they can so please get in touch and get involved! To get involved please call UKIP's Norwich Campaign HQ (166 Wroxham Road, NR7 8DE) at 01603 412643


Huw Peach, Green Party said...

Here are a few facts, which might help the discussion:

(Final paragraph of the Times article:)

'The biggest unknowns are the Greens, who were virtually tied with Labour in a poll of the constituency ten days ago.

Their candidate, Rupert Read, an academic at the University of East Anglia, is campaigning to limit vast housing developments.

He recognises that they are unlikely to beat the Conservatives. “The interesting question is who is on the up and whether we will come second,” he said.'

Rupert Read got 140,000 votes in the European election as the Green Party candidate in the East of England.

The Green Party is now the main opposition party to Labour on Norwich City Council and holds 7 seats on the county council.

Hope this helps.