UKIP’s New MEP Calls On Party To Pursue ‘Solid Right Wing Agenda’
UKIP’s newest MEP Jonathan Bullock (pictured above with his predecessor) has just taken his seat in Brussels following the retirement of Roger Helmer. The East Midlands representative is looking forward to keeping the pressure on the government over Brexit and intends making the most of his two years in the role having been given an unexpected opportunity following Mr. Helmer stepping down.
However, Mr. Bullock also had some clear opinions on the direction the party should follow on completion of the forthcoming contest for party leader. He said:
‘There’s a great opportunity for Ukip now under a new leader to stake out a solid right wing agenda which can show the complete flaws in the Conservative Government at the moment. They are failing on massive spending, HS2 is a waste, overseas aid a lot of that is wasted, and they are trying to sell austerity where they won’t pay nurses more whilst there’s all this waste.
‘First of all we’ve got to keep an absolute watch on what’s going on in terms of the committees and everything else, we can absolutely be there and see what’s happening and make a contribution in debates and expose anything they are trying to do in these last 18 months. We’re still a big contributor to the EU we deserve representation.
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‘Secondly, we need to continue the argument back in the UK. Everyone thought Brexit had been won and a lot of people went away but the war continues, we’ve still got to make the case that’s so important’.
Mr. Bullock wouldn’t be drawn on who to back in the contest:
‘I’m waiting to see what they all have to say. I’d like to see someone who will be able to continue to expose these flaws in the Tory party and regain some of those voters that went back to Theresa May at the last election.
‘We’ve got to press the fact that we’re the patriotic party that the Labour Party isn’t any longer. Jeremy Corbyn is playing a clever game on Brexit but it’s a game that will automatically get caught out because he’ll have to come down on one side or the other eventually’.
Mr. Bullock also said that he understood why former leader Nigel Farage had taken a break from frontline politics:-
‘As group leader [of the EFDD in Brussels] he’ll still have a role to play and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s an important role for Nigel Farage to play and he’s not ruled out, because he’s still relatively young – he’s not ruled out something in the future. But for now, the guy deserves a break after all he’s done’.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com