Wednesday, 26 November 2014

UKIP beliefs. UKIP candidates in Cornwall. Bradley Monk, Julie Lingard, Dr. Robert Smith. Dr John Hyslop, Graham Calderwood and David Mathews. Conservative MP George Eustice. UKIP MEPs William Dartmouth and Dr Julia Reid. UKIP councillors in Cornwall.

UKIP winner Mark Reckless with Nigel Farage,
after the Rochester and Strood by-election

Farage's  Bayeux tapestry tie also turned out to be a winner and has sold out -
Asked about his reasons for wearing it he said"It was the last time we were invaded and taken seemed a sensible choice to me."
Nigel Farage's ancestors were Huguenot immigrants

The date of the next general election is 7 May 2015, and things are hotting up already. UKIP has been much in the news after its second MP Mark Reckless was elected in the Rochester and Strood by-election last week, and Nigel Farage is riding high. Mark Reckless gained 16,867 votes,  over Conservative Kelly Tolhurst's  13,947, and Labour's Naushabah Khan on 6,713. 

There are six constituencies in Cornwall, and all six UKIP candidates have been chosen. On 8 October UKIP announced three prospective parliamentary candidates for South East Cornwall, North Cornwall and Camborne and Redruth, with a surprise withdrawal of the third candidate for the latter constituency, David Evans, who was jailed for four months last week on various charges of animal cruelty, banned from keeping sheep and ordered to pay costs of £714. 
UKIP has now named Dr Robert Smith as the new UKIP candidate for Camborne and Redruth, Graham Calderwood for St Ives and the Isles of Scilly,  David Mathews for St Austell and Newquay, and Dr John Hyslop for Truro and Falmouth. 

 Nigel Farage with Bradley Monk 
  • Bradley Monk will stand for South East Cornwall. He is studying  politics, and has worked locally as a chef for the past five years. His Twitter page says he is a Charlton Athletic fan. who loves skiing, cricket and whiskey (sic) - he has chosen the American and Irish spelling. " I am a candidate with radical views on democracy, a firm advocate of better representation, real recall, and direct democracy. You now have the chance to vote for a candidate who will put the interests of South East Cornwall above his party."
Julie Lingard

  • Julie Lingard, who lives in Wadebridge, will stand for North Cornwall. She studied Business Management and is a private landlord and property developer. She said: “I am driven by the conviction that UKIP is the party with the policies to steer us out of the damaging, bureaucratic EU and to protect our deep-rooted democratic freedoms.’’

  • Dr Robert Smith61an educational and child psychologist,  will stand for Camborne and Redruth. He is a founder member of UKIP, who has lived near Penzance for almost twenty years.  In 2012 he represented UKIP and stood as a candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Devon and Cornwall, gaining 16,433 votes in the first round. He is optimistic about UKIP’s chances in next year's general election, saying “We have got a good chance and we are one of the party’s five target seats.  This is a seat that the UK Independence Party can win, and I look forward to May 7 when the voters of Hayle, Camborne and Redruth make history by sending one of the first new UKIP MPs to Westminster.” 

George Eustice

Camborne and Redruth is currently held by Conservative MP George Eustice, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Food and Marine Environment,  who won his seat in 2010 with a majority of only 66 votes over the Liberal Democrats.He originally stood as a candidate for Ukip in the European Parliament elections in 1999 but was unsuccessful. The seat looks a real possibility for UKIP.

  • Dr John Hyslop, a consultant radiologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, will stand for Truro and Falmouth. “Local issues should be decided by local people, particularly when it comes to development. I support UKIP's policy on local referendums, directly giving people a say in how their community is run. Together we can decide on the direction of travel – standing up for our communities, businesses and for our unique society.

  • Graham Calderwood, a lawyer, will stand for St Ives and the Isles of Scilly. Mr Calderwood says that Cornwall’s potential is hampered by a remote unitary authority and Euro rules.
    “It is one of the poorest areas in Britain for wages, while the Common Agriculture and Fisheries Policies are disastrous for our farming and fishing.“Tourism is essential for our economy – but we must preserve what tourists come to enjoy."
      David Mathews with Mark Reckless, 
      the new UKIP MP for Rochester and Strood
      • David Mathews, former Restormel councillor and trustee of  a charity, STAK (St Austell Community Kitchen)  will stand for St Austell and Newquay. Mr Mathews is well known for his charity work. He says " Let's trade with Europe but not be ruled by Europe". 

      The UK Independence Party was founded in 1993 to campaign for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Their webpage explains why it was founded: 

      "Not because we hate Europe, or foreigners, or anyone at all; but because it is undemocratic, expensive, bossy – and we still haven’t been asked whether we want to be in it.
      But the EU is only the biggest symptom of the real problem – the theft of our democracy by a powerful, remote political ‘elite’ which has forgotten that it’s here to serve the people.


      We believe in the right of the people of the UK to govern ourselves, rather than be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels (and, increasingly, in London and even your local town hall).
      We believe in the minimum necessary government which defends individual freedom, supports those in real need, takes as little of our money as possible and doesn’t interfere in our lives.
      We believe in democracy devolved to the people, through national and local referendums on key issues, so that laws are made by the people’s will, not the fads of the political class."

      UKIP Members of the European Parliament/MEPs for the South West

      The Earl of Dartmouth MEP

      This year's elections for the European Parliament on 22 May returned two UKIP MEPs for the South West:  William Dartmouth and Julia Reid. William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth FCA, MEP (born 23 September 1949), is a  hereditary peer known as William Dartmouth. He has been a UKIP  MEP since 2009.

      Dr. Julia Reid

      Biochemist and pharmacologist Dr. Julia Reid  (born 16 July 1952)  was elected an MEP in May this year. She lives in Wiltshire. 

      UKIP Councillors in Cornwall

      Camborne, Redruth & Hayle

      Cllr Harry Blakeley or
      Cllr Derek Elliott
      Cllr Viv Lewis


      Cllr Mark Hicks

      South East Cornwall

      Cllr Stephanie McWilliam