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Inside Politics with Michael Wilkinson: UKIP enter the race for Gloucester

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

By Michael Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Labour's Sophy Gardner, UKIP's Luke Hindhaugh and Conservative MP Richard Graham

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THINGS are hotting up in the race for the Gloucester seat ahead of the May 2015 General Election.

UKIP has announced 27-year-old Luke Hindhaugh will be representing the party.

We already know that Conservative Richard Graham will be fighting to retain his seat, but Labour’s Sophy Gardner is hoping to take it from him.

It will be interesting to see how UKIP damage either of the aforementioned candidate’s chances.

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The fringe party is certainly making headlines at the moment, although not always for the right reasons.

Mr Hindhaugh’s announcement that he would be standing, however, fell quite short of the measure.

He made an attack on Ms Gardner because she is not from Gloucester.

UKIP boasted that they did not have to ‘parachute in’ their candidate, who lives in Coney Hill.

Quite ironic that Ms Gardner is a former RAF wing commander who has a sky-diving qualification – presumably the perfect candidate to ‘parachute’ in?

But on a serious note, let’s clear the issue up.

Ms Gardner has enjoyed a 19-year career in the Air Force which has meant more than 30 house moves in her time.

Now she has just bought and moved into a new flat in Moreland.

But let’s look at this idea of parachuting someone in.

Most progressive cities are made up of well-travelled people who move around for their jobs.

We are not living in some pre-war era anymore, as much as UKIP might like to think.

If I had spent a lifetime as a reporter in my small hometown, I would have led a pretty sheltered life.

But my ‘parachuting’ into Gloucester two years ago, via London and Wiltshire, is no slur on my ability to love and feel passionate about our great city.

In fact, we can only benefit from people who have lived elsewhere.

Look at Jason Smith, the chief executive of Marketing Gloucester.

He might be a Glawster lad originally but he has done business all over the world and brings a unique insight into his work in promoting the city.

If we are going to get pedantic, Mr Hindhaugh also parachuted into the city – by his own admission, he has lived here since 2008.

Will UKIP now extol a positive agenda about what Mr Hindhaugh might bring to Gloucester with his well-travelled background?

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  • bobcat2425  |  May 09 2014, 7:00AM

    Blimey, ChrisGL1, Well said. If I ever need a speech writer, can I ask? Great stuff!

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  April 21 2014, 12:14PM

    @joyus You are factually incorrect and possibly getting confused with the City Council elections. Candidates for the City Council DO have to live or work in the City. This does not apply to Candidates for Parliamentary elections who can live anywhere in the UK. Obviously it is much better if they live in and know the Constituency they seek to represent. In fact, in recent memory all of our MPs have actually only moved into the City AFTER being adopted by their Parties (even the great Sally Oppenheim). I think the last MP to actually live in Gloucester BEFORE being adopted was Sir Lesley Boyce (Chairman of The Wagon Works) prior to the second World War. This is the case with Luke who started working here in 2006 and moved here in 2008, long BEFORE he even joined UKIP or became its Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and MP. Since 2008 he has been fully involved in City life and getting to know it. He certainly wasn't parachuted into the City AFTER his adoption and after, unsuccessfully attempting to find other Constituencies to adopt him.

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  April 04 2014, 1:43PM

    GlosAnarchy may sarcastically ask if UKIP blames everything on the EU. However, he (and others) may be interested to know just how much the EU does control our daily lives. Have a look at this link to the EU's own website which shows to where its tentacles extend. http://tinyurl.com/23jn5dd

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  • uk_socrates  |  April 04 2014, 12:29PM

    @GlosAnarchy What does that have to do with UKIP or the E.U? Unofficial Sharia courts have been operating in the UK for at least 10 years if not longer. Also you ignored my previous question. If you're an anarchist why are you interested in this debate?

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  • SandraPee  |  April 04 2014, 9:28AM

    An interesting read of the comments . I would suggest that in the grand scheme of things for the majority of the electorate fox hunting and badger killing is pretty low down on their list of what is currently important to them come voting day .

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  • Lecorche  |  April 04 2014, 8:20AM

    After the latest news on the attitude of our MPs,anyone entering the fray as G.Fawkes would be in No.10 easily. http://tinyurl.com/nbj9m7y

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  • emseaell  |  April 04 2014, 8:14AM

    GlosAnarchy see the trick cyclist

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  • emseaell  |  April 04 2014, 6:58AM

    GlosAnarchy. Waffle, see a shrink

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  April 03 2014, 9:57PM

    Little Dick Graham is a dead man walking. As long as all of his constituants that he has failed to represent, turn out to vote against him, he will lose his deposit. He can take up fox hunting or badger killing full time then.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  April 03 2014, 6:47PM

    sorry UKIP has come a long way in a short time even shorter than Richard Graham and he is short. however sorry Richard, i remember when UKIP used to stand outside Iceland giving away balloons now the Mr farage the smoking man has a higher score than liberals ask WHY go down barton street .

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