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UKIP rides high in Gloucester ahead of 2015 fight

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

By Michael Wilkinson, Public Affairs correspondent

Luke Hindhaugh, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Gloucester

Luke Hindhaugh, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Gloucester

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WITH electoral success under their belts, a UKIP army is on the march for Gloucester in the 2015 general election.

The party’s city branch chairman Mike Smith has likened their campaign to ‘a Harvey’s furniture sale’, declaring: “As soon as one ends, another begins – and our 2015 campaign starts now.”

Support for the party surged both in the local and European elections in the city. They polled on average of 22 per cent in the 10 city council seats which they contended and they topped the poll for the most number of votes from the city in the European election.

UKIP parliamentary candidate Luke Hindhaugh is hoping to challenge city MP Richard Graham and his Labour rival Sophy Gardner in what has always been considered a marginal seat between the two largest parties.

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The level of votes UKIP took from Labour this year proved surprisingly high. But Labour man Garry Mills today said that UKIP had only won support in Gloucester because there were many 'dissatisfied voters'. On Twitter he said:

UKIP have also revealed to the Citizen that they plan to field a candidate in all 11 wards up for grabs in next year’s city council elections.

Mr Smith said: “Labour’s support has collapsed and we have taken votes from them in these elections which scotches the idea that we only take votes from the Conservatives. We are also attracting people who have not voted before.

“We are not disappointed that we didn’t pick up any city council seats because we have started from a very low base.”

Watching the votes pour in for UKIP’s European candidates at the Gloucester count on Sunday night was a ‘wonderful’ feeling, he added.

Mr Smith also said he was ‘glad to see the back of’ ousted Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson after he pushed through European arrested warrants which are ‘an assault on the freedom of British citizens’. He said: “He has got his just desserts.”

Mr Hindhaugh, 27, said he was feeling buoyant about his 2015 campaign to win the Gloucester parliamentary constituency. He said: “The hard work starts now. We have got the support here and we want to improve on it.

“The main parties have been fighting this area for years and they have got a lot of resources but our numbers are growing day by day. We will give it everything we have got.”

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 28 2014, 12:04PM

    @griffin6. Its a fair point you raise. I don't have any hard evidence on what is ACTUALLY happening with regards to medical schools etc. The point I was trying to make is that we need to try and keep the long-term costs of the NHS down, one of the ways of doing this would be by creating some special NHS contracts that include degree fees. (A similar contract exists for RAF PILOTS) £1500 a shift for locum doctors is ridiculous and totally unsustainable. The main way of getting this figure down is to flood the market with consultants and junior doctors. At least we can agree that universities have largely lost the plot. (Universities also suffer from a large amount of management wage extraction). **Management wage extraction is a term I have invented to explain the strange phenomena that exists in some organisations where managers and people with various silly titles feel they are entitled to extract wages of £45,000-£75,000 a year) **When you get a chance take a look at some university jobs. http://tinyurl.com/osjdpbq

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  • griffin6  |  May 28 2014, 10:15AM

    Socrates just a quick one you can misinterpret my last post, I think it is a disgrace we are not training a lot more nurses and doctors and expanding places at medical schools, what i meant is we dont need to offer incentives as there are something like 20 applicants for every medical school place, also because universities are now profit driven they tend to give places to overseas students who they can charge more

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 28 2014, 9:09AM

    @Justjude. Thank you for your post. (Again I think you raise some interesting points). Firstly if there is so many doctors and nurses, why are we hiring Spanish ones? Also I actually agree with your great point about MOD WASTE. For some reason this site wont allow me to post lots of links. E.U links http://tinyurl.com/pee8y3r http://tinyurl.com/cyb5th2 http://tinyurl.com/ouho6uf (Some of the E.U laws are not actually that damaging, for example Cigarette warnings) **Just to clarify a few things, I actually think some E.U laws have been slightly beneficial. But the amount of waste out-ways any of the good laws. http://tinyurl.com/pu5fdjp http://tinyurl.com/pq8j6vv http://tinyurl.com/nnm22uc http://tinyurl.com/ckwfl8y http://tinyurl.com/ygcelgw My main points is that I think we pay a lot and get very little in return. I also think Labour needs a major overhaul (Ed Miliband is extremely useless) and the Labour party need to come up with some solutions to the housing crisis and the tuition fee crisis. What I like most about UKIP is they are pro-democracy. They want to give the people a vote on something which the other parties REFUSE to do. (I actually favor the scrapping of all political parties, and in the future I think eventually people/a monthly app might replace a lot of MP's.). We now have the technology to vote on policy on mass every 3/6 months or so, and it would cost hardly anything to the state. Any kind of conflict or war could be put in a vote to the nation, and likewise any major policy decisions could be put to the people. (Eventually I think political parties will become a thing of the past, but this is a good 30 years away if not longer). However in the meantime I think Farage makes a lot of valid points, also he has massive amounts of passion and enthusiasm. Personally I don't loose much sleep on the issue. I am fully aware that whatever political party wins, usually not much changes. Politics usually boils down to £500-£900 pounds being better off or worse off through various new tax codes and policy. None of the major parties want to scrap the NHS, or increase income tax to 60% for millionaires. Actually all of them largely hover around the same central points.

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 28 2014, 8:01AM

    @RoadWombat. Thankyou for your kind words. (You have made some good posts as well, I think we possibly share some similar views regarding E.U corruption and waste). Good documentary I came across about a week ago on E.U CORRUPTION. http://tinyurl.com/ozlvwwk (Its a free website). The documentary is about an hour long, its pretty low budget but it raises some good points and shows a small glimpse into the bureaucracy, excessive wages, and waste of the E.U. *Euromania is the name of the documentary.* Its on YouTube as well. https://http://tinyurl.com/q7hptkm

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  • justjude  |  May 27 2014, 11:20PM

    Socrates, back from the pub, some industries are as necessary to a society as defence, farming for one which has always been the most subsidised industry, we could source all our food from abroad cheaper,similarly the capacity to produce our own energy, steel and manufacture boats , planes and automobiles are essential even if subsidy is involved. The social costs of closing down traditional industries far outweighed the short term economic gains. Of course their is not a bureaucracy , government or administration whether local , county, national or federal that is not criticised by the people who pay for it, but most actually do a good job. What are the EU laws you wish to repeal what are the regulations you want to reject, no one mentions what they are, we just get the phrase red tape. The most overly bureaucratic structure in western europe has always been the british civil service particularly the MOD. We do not need to offer incentives to train more doctors and nurses, gordon Brown did open new teaching hospitals for doctors, but medical courses at every level are heavily over subscribed by young people wanting to be doctors and nurses we just need to invest in their futures. As for the EU given the bias of the british media I worry that britain might vote to leave the EU and that would be economic suicide, as a northener I voted against joining the EU i understood the economic damage it would do to the north west as the fulcrum of trade switched to the south east, like tony Benn i wanted to remain an internationalist trading with the world, but sometimes in life decisions are made from which their is no going back the days of empire and trading with the commonwealth have gone and will never return, Africa and Asia are now within the economic influence of China. We need to embrace were we are and not were we wished we were

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 27 2014, 11:09PM

    Socrates - I have read your posts with great interest and they make a lot of sense. Thank you for taking the time to post them.

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  • SandraPee  |  May 27 2014, 10:21PM

    Where have all the other comments gone ????

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 27 2014, 8:07PM

    @justjude Actually during Thatchers years some of industries were very unproductive and expensive burdens on the public purse, it also become cheaper to get coal from abroad, also other nations have become very productive in the last 30 years or so. (Also who actually wants to work down a coal mine these days?, Its one of the most dangerous jobs in the world?). Anyway…. I totally get your point about sometimes the people can be wrong. (After all the great philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death by the people for challenging their beliefs). Yet western philosophy is now based on the idea that challenging everything is a good thing. With respect to the European Elections, yes UKIP was mainly a protest vote. The party has a lot of work to do on its manifesto. (The other parties are probably seriously thinking about their stance on the E.U as well) The problem is although the people can sometimes be wrong, that is democracy. It's not a perfect system. That said I think UKIP make a lot of fair comments about the waste and bureaucratic nature of the E.U. *Most UKIP supporters probably welcome these Spanish and Portuguese Nurses. That said why is more not being done to get the native population to become nurses? Oh that's right, because the NHS wasted billions on management and consultancy and then wasted even more on PFI schemes, where changing a light bulb costs £50. http://tinyurl.com/lelkepy On the issue of Norway, they have a relatively small population, and also provide a lot of marine and oil based services to the Middle East. The idea that you can live off investment funds forever is also crazy. They only last so long, even Saudi Arabia's investment fund is looking small, (when compared to the rising cost of providing services to its ever growing population) You quote a CBI figure. I am pretty happy to pay £1125 a year, if it means leaving the E.U and getting our democracy back. I am assuming that you're against a referendum? As you feel the people are not intelligent enough to vote the right way? Also with respect, the CBI are interested in making UK Businesses more profitable, so of course they are going to favour creating excess Labour, as excess Labour usually results in a slower rise in the minimum wage, which means maximum profitability for large companies. Also workers typically speak out less about poor working conditions, if they know they are easily replaceable.

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 27 2014, 3:44PM

    "We should be a proud nation" justjude - and that's exactly what we are, away from the control of the EU. You do realise, don't you, that there is a world beyond the European continent, much of it composed of former colonies with whom we have a great deal in common, and who still look to us for guidance and leadership (as evidenced by Her Majesty the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth), yet we are denied trading with them unless there is an EU agreement in place so to do? Lefties will dismiss the Commonwealth as a hangover from the days of the Empire (they find in embarrassing to even talk about it!), yet very few of them will, as I have, worked overseas and seen first hand the very high regard in which Great Britain is held.

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  • justjude  |  May 27 2014, 1:01PM

    honslknjklyt, No one can doubt that UKIP did well, the people spoke but the people are not always right. Turnout was low and UKIP have no policies they play on peoples prejudices, bigotry and misconceptions, they hanker after an England that is lost in the mists of time. We should be a proud nation, leading europe pushing through reform to the benefit of all not Paranoid whingers sulking on the margins and complaining about big bullies who dont like us as is evidenced by the lack of votes in a singing competition.

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