LOCAL ELECTIONS: Basildon & Thurrock Firing On All Cylinders
In Basildon and East Thurrock, we are prepared for the local elections. The Basildon part of our area consists of 16 Wards, three are the responsibility of Rayleigh and Wickford Branch, two have no election this year which leaves us with 11 Wards to prepare for. We have all of those covered by nine active candidates and two paper candidates. Of the nine candidates, two are sitting Councillors standing for re-election.
The part of our Branch that was East Thurrock, has six Wards, of which three have elections this May. These are also covered by one active candidate and two papers candidates and the active candidate is already out and about.
Vetting is well underway and final ward allocation will be announced at a meeting with the candidates this week.
We have started our campaign by delivering OUT NOW leaflets to remind people that UKIP is the only Party who truly wants the Brexit that we voted for.
We had one of the highest ‘Leave’ votes here at 69%.
We looked for target seats to focus on but decided eight out of the nine with active candidates are target seats so we are going all out for all of them
As soon as we have our campaign leaflets we will be out on the doorsteps talking to people, reminding them what UKIP have done for them locally.
Our team of volunteer leaflet folders and deliverers are on hand waiting for the call to action. We have plenty for them to do.
Today we had confirmation from Head Office that we are now responsible for the Thurrock members deserted by their Councillors and are now called UKIP Basildon and Thurrock Branch, a re-joining of the Branch that split a few years ago.
This will give us a whole lot of new issues as we look to find candidates to stand in Thurrock, but we are up for the challenge. With just around three weeks to go until nominations close, we have to get busy and try to find those members who will be willing to stand as candidates, whether it is active or paper, the more ballot papers bearing the UKIP name and £ sign the better. There are six Wards that have an election that was formally the responsibility of UKIP Thurrock, we will endeavour to get people standing in those Wards to give Thurrock UKIP members a chance to support us.
This is a very busy and exciting time for us here as we have now almost doubled the size of our Branch and cover the Constituencies of three MPS.
A note from our Branch Chairman, Councillor Gary Canham:
I feel that this has happened in recognition of the hard work done here in preparing for the local elections by having Candidates in every Ward. We look forward to extending our Branch and welcoming Thurrock UKIP members back home.