MARGOT PARKER: We Need To Unite To Fight For A Clean Brexit
IT has certainly been a busy few months for all of us in UKIP as we seek to keep the Government focused on a clean Brexit – a Brexit, after all, the people voted for last year.
In September, after the leadership election, I was delighted to be asked by the new leader Henry Bolton to be his deputy.
I said on my appointment it was time for everyone in UKIP to pull together and drive the party forward over the next few months.
I will, of course, continue my work as an MEP in the East Midlands, to ensure a clean Brexit and to fight for what is best for the country. I will also be working closely with our new leader and his team over the next 18 months or so – a crucial period which will help shape the future of the UK.
In my new role, (and with my new portfolio as spokesperson on aid and international development), it is imperative I help work towards unity within the party as we move towards March, 2019.
As Henry himself said, UKIP has a moral obligation to hold the Government to account for taking us out of the European Union.
Clear and decisive leadership is crucial and we shall deliver it. It is urgent that we work on projecting our party firmly and decisively with the purpose of securing our nation’s interests through Brexit and beyond.
We must make sure everyone in our party – from volunteers to senior party figures – has a crucial role in the ongoing fight to keep Mrs May’s Government held to account.
It is also clear that we must continue to refute the claims of the ‘Remainers’. I make a point in my media appearances, letters, press releases and radio and television interviews to illustrate that far from disappearing over a cliff, our economic prospects are growing since the Referendum
Indeed, the respected IHS Markit/CIPS manufacturing survey released just last week showed that for the 15th month in succession the manufacturing sector has grown.
We need to make sure the people of this country are aware of these figures and surveys – it is NOT doom and gloom.
Coupled with this fight for unity and Brexit is my work as an East Midlands MEP – I strive not only to attend local events but to also work with the public and the media to fight against injustices on local, national and international issues.
I have had two previous portfolios within UKIP – as a spokesperson for small business and latterly as spokesperson for Women and Equalities.
When I was appointed deputy leader, Henry asked me to take over the aid and international development portfolio.
One of my first tasks was to join The Daily Express in its fight on wasted foreign aid. There are some links here you may wish to look at – http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/872009/Foreign-aid-petition-Mike-Hookem-Margot-Parker and http://www.express.couk/news/uk/874879/UK-foreign-aid-Brexit-news-Britian-stop-funding-EU-foreign-aid
As I said in the second of those articles –
In normal life you wouldn’t hand over money to someone who has a history of financial abuse without stringent checks.
‘Instead British taxpayers’ money is hosed across the developing world with virtually no auditing and no recourse to transparency.
We should stop paying into the so-called European Development Fund until we are told exactly how it is spent.
Thank goodness we are leaving this complacent organisation soon, but it won’t be soon enough.
The EU’s cavalier approach to our taxpayers’ money is not merely outrageous. It poisons the well of goodwill in the British public towards helping the less fortunate parts of the world.’
So, plenty of work to do in Brussels and beyond as we fight for the Brexit we voted for and strive to make our country, Europe and the world, a better place.
Catch up with Margot’s media work on her website http://www.margotparkermep.uk/ – where you can also see her pictures, speeches and parliament videos.
Margot is on Twitter at @MargotLJParker.
You can also see Margot’s activities on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/126176477@N06/