Guest opinion: UKIP outline their local election pledges for Preston

Posted on - 14th April, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Neil Graham is treasurer of UKIP in Preston

The old parties are now in open revolt against the voters. They think people’s votes don’t matter.


Locally and nationally, a vote for UKIP will remind politicians that they are the people’s servants, not their masters. These elections are the opportunity for a battle of ideas: who governs Britain – the voters or the political class.

Almost 600 MPs voted to let the people decide the country’s future in the 2016 referendum. People were told that what they decided would be enacted.

And now they are disappointed at the voters. They are disappointed because voters didn’t do as they were told.

The political class has now spent almost three years trying to wriggle out of Brexit. Democracy itself is now on the line.

Over 500 MPs voted to trigger Article 50 that told the EU we intended to leave. On 109 occasions voters were told that we would leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

Yet now we learn that 76% of MPs – who were elected on manifestos to respect the referendum result – didn’t actually believe in Brexit. 74% of the Conservative Cabinet are Remainers. It was all lies.

They are now reneging on their promises to the voters. They are ignoring your vote. They think your views don’t count and they hope you won’t notice.

Labour and Conservatives are now working together to keep us in. Make no mistake – a customs union and membership of the Single Market is a Brexit in Name Only.

Britain will have to continue obeying laws made in Brussels. Immigration will be uncontrolled, so that free movement of people will continue to apply downward pressure on wages.

Pressure will continue on the country’s housing stock. The NHS will be under increased pressure.

It won’t be a Brexit at all. The political class doesn’t care. They think you don’t matter. It is the ordinary voters who will pay the consequences.

If you vote for Conservative, Labour, Green or Liberal Democrat you are voting for Remain parties. They dislike how you think and how you vote. Don’t give them your vote.

It isn’t only the political class that has forgotten who it serves.

Elements of the bureaucratic class too think they are unaccountable: Preston UKIP has campaigned against the illiberal stance that UCLan takes against freedom of speech. UCLan has not even responded to letters from Preston UKIP on the subject. The swamp needs draining.

In local government too, UKIP believes in trusting the people. Preston UKIP’s candidates believe in keeping Council Tax as low as possible while protecting services. We believe in prioritising the needs of service veterans.

We favour vocational training and creation of grammar schools and technical colleges to improve social mobility which has stalled under recent governments.

Housing will be improved by scrapping VAT to encourage renovations and make housing – social and private – more affordable.

We would cut councils’ self-promotion budgets and reduce senior staff salaries. About 500 council bosses earn more than the Prime Minister.

We will bring power back to the people. Large-scale changes that affect people will be subject to local referenda.

Preston’s UKIP candidates say that ordinary voters should govern Britain. Vote for your UKIP candidate and start to drain the swamp.

This is a guest piece by UKIP Preston treasurer Neil Graham. We’re giving each party a chance to outline their vision for the city and why you should vote for them.

Here’s what Preston Conservatives had to say.

Here’s what Preston Liberal Democrats had to say.

Here’s what Preston Labour had to say.

You can see a full list of Preston local election candidates.

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