Bolton: More Investment Needed In Towns Like Hartlepool
One of Henry Bolton’s best moments on Question Time was when he spoke up for coastal communities and fisherman. The ripple of appreciative applause showed that he had made a connection with the audience in a way that none of his previous points had throughout the entire night.
Hartlepool is, relatively speaking a bastion of UKIP strength, and as we have reported recently was the location of the best by-election result that UKIP has posted in six months. Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail, Mr Bolton said:
I’m listening to what people are saying and I think the North East, as well as other parts of the country, particularly communities close to the coast, need a lot more development. “We need to start opening up these places to the rest of the country so I’m here to start working out how best to figure that out. “It’s time that politicians started engaging with ordinary people in these coastal towns.
It is good to see Henry engaging with communities in places like Hartlepool in this manner and there is a powerful political message in the fact that his comments connected so well with the audience on Question Time. UKIP is at its best when it is a voice for the voiceless. Our dalliance with the Conservative Party at the last election will have damaged the UKIP brand in many communities which to be brutally honest traditionally suffer from Conservative rule, however, as we find an independent political voice again we will hopefully be able to win back some of that lost trust and once again be a beacon of hope for these forgotten towns, taken for granted by Labour and ignored by the Conservatives.