UKIP Swindon Launches Local Election Campaign With FULL SLATE Of 19 Candidates
UKIP’s Swindon branch has today launched its campaign for next month’s local elections with an optimistic public meeting with an attendance of around 50.
Activists claimed that the mainstream parties had betrayed ordinary voters in Swindon and that the only choice to stand up for the ordinary working man is UK.
Speakers at the meeting included UKIP’s Deputy Leader Mike Hookem MEP, Young Independence Deputy Chairman Reece Coombes – who is also the owner of Kipper Central – and Martin Costello, the Vice Chairman of UKIP Swindon.
The party – which is fielding 19/19 candidates in the town – recently raised £300,000 in an appeal to members and supporters and will be defending hundreds of seats in May across the country.
Hookem – speaking first – argued that UKIP is “back on the field” and is ready to right in the locals – particularly in Swindon.
He said: “We are back on the field, back playing the game and back as a political party.
“These local elections are very important for the party. It’s also very important for us to show the other parties that we are standing across the country in as many seats as possible.
“They wanted us dead, they wanted us gone – but we are not going anywhere.”
The next speaker – 16-year-old Reece Coombes – put forward the case for young voters to turn to UKIP, arguing that the one-size-fits-all approach to education is failing young people; especially in Swindon.
He said: “We are the party of young people. We always have been fighting for the cause for young people and we always will be.”
“And actually in Swindon; Swindon’s a really good place we can win the young vote, where we are today.
“There is so much opportunity here that is being ignored.”
He added: “In Swindon, there is not one drama school, not one art school, not one sports school, not one grammar school. That means every child in Swindon is going down the same education route.
“They’re not given any chance to look at any other talents they might have.”
On the “broken” education system, he said: “Each child has to be allowed to enhance their talents and to do what they enjoy.
“We must promote their talents and give every child the chance to succeed.”
The final speaker, Martin Costello, is the Vice Chair of the UKIP Swindon Branch and was also UKIP’s parliamentary candidate at the last election. He will be standing in the Liden, Eldene and Park South ward for UKIP in May.
Claiming that UKIP is the only option for Swindon voters who have been “betrayed” by the mainstream parties, he said: “We are committed to representing the people of Swindon who have been constantly let down by all the other parties.”