Wickford stalwarts will battle for Ukip

Basildon Recorder: David Harrison, who has been selected as Ukip's candidate for Basildon David Harrison, who has been selected as Ukip's candidate for Basildon

TWO stalwart Wickford campaigners will be flying the flag for Ukip during this year’s council elections.

Chairman of the Wickford Action Group, Alan Ball, and vice chairman, David Harrison, have been selected by the anti-European Union party to contest the three seats up for grabs in the town in May.

They will be joined by businessman Peter Holliman, with the trio looking to capitalise on a successful 2013 for the party in the town.

Ukip councillor Nigel Le Gresley bagged a double in May, winning the borough election in Wickford Castledon and the county council election in Wickford Crouch.

Mr Ball stood as an independent in that borough election, and received 16 per cent of the vote, pushing Labour into fourth place.

The action group has been campaigning against over-development in the town for several years.

Mr Ball said: “Because Ukip councillors have no party whip, but work entirely for the residents of our towns and cities, I know I will be able to continue to stand up for the people of Wickford and fully represent their views and concerns.”

The three seats up for grabs are all held by Tories – Don Morris in Wickford Park, council leader Tony Ball in Wickford North, and councillor responsible for regeneration, Malcolm Buckley.

The action group has been campaigning for a revamp of the town since the collapse of a £120million masterplan in 2010, but have labelled the tory administration's plans to pump £3.1million into the swimming pool and High Street, plus spend more than £2million on a health centre, a poor compromise.

Mr Harrison, who used to be a senior Labour councillor on Basildon Council more than two decades ago, said: “We can achieve more in the coming couple of years than the existing councillors have managed in the past 10 years.”

Mr Holliman added: “Having lived in Wickford for more than 30 years and raised a family here, I would now like to give something back to the community and use my skill and experience to help make Wickford a better place for all.”

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9:16am Wed 26 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Mr Ball said: “Because Ukip councillors have no party whip, but work entirely for the residents of our towns and cities, I know I will be able to continue to stand up for the people of Wickford and fully represent their views and concerns.”

This is not strictly true. UKIP have a most useless and incompetent leftwing (yes I said leftwing) "management" at UKIP Towers in London who poke their noses in at local level, issuing diktats and monitoring the movements of any candidate who dares to be outspoken. They are not as free and easy as they make out. And much of the bad press UKIP councillors and former candidates and members have received have come directly from the internal UKIP "mafia".

They also have a huge misogynist contingent within their management and youth movement.

Individually, UKIP candidates are by and large, good and those already elected are getting things done, which is what they were elected for in the first place.

The Basildon area is well served by a decent bunch of Kippers - but go to Southend or Thurrock and they get less competent. Thurrock in particular has at least one former NF member - a Thurrock Councillor called Robert Ray and Timur Aker, UKIP's policy tweaker, another one intent on chucking his weight around, accusing former party members of associations with extremist groups while his best pal is the abovementioned. And his other drinking buddy is a member of another outfit proscribed by the UKIP constitution, which I think, he had a hand in writing!

My own politics are very much in line with those of UKIP but far from being far right, these days they are more left leaning.

However, as I say, candidates should be looked at on their individual merits, as with all political parties and I would certainly vote UKIP over Labour any day of the week.

Being non party political these days I must admit, it's a dilemma.

And while ever UKIP has its current internal management structure, its candidates will be picked on a scale of whether their face fits. And if it doesn't , for any reason whatsoever, they will be bullied and hounded into complicity.

There is as much, if not more, inparty backstabbing and bullying as the main parties. And UKIP is currently undergoing an awful internal left v right tug of war.

Remember the Great Mayoral Ballot Papers Fiasco in the last London elections, where UKIP's name was missed off the ballot papers and Notice of Poll? "Der management" AKA Lisa Duffy, party director, presided over that - and subsequent by elections where UKIP COULD have eaten into existing majorities.

Duffy is regularly seen chucking her weight around and like much of UKIP's current "management" team, is hell bent on making a name for herself, rather than a genuine interest in politics. Similarly, Timur Aker, a candidate in the Euros, has his sights set on a nice fat paypacket from Brussels.

I feel sorry for the genuinely good councillors and candidates in UKIP who really ARE there for the benefit of their prospective constituents or residents. I would say the best of these are definitely in Basildon.

Those who are fortunate enough to have these as their councillors will know who they are.

Those foolish enough to elect the ones who are aspiring career politicians and only here for the beer, will find out soon enough.
"Mr Ball said: “Because Ukip councillors have no party whip, but work entirely for the residents of our towns and cities, I know I will be able to continue to stand up for the people of Wickford and fully represent their views and concerns.” This is not strictly true. UKIP have a most useless and incompetent leftwing (yes I said leftwing) "management" at UKIP Towers in London who poke their noses in at local level, issuing diktats and monitoring the movements of any candidate who dares to be outspoken. They are not as free and easy as they make out. And much of the bad press UKIP councillors and former candidates and members have received have come directly from the internal UKIP "mafia". They also have a huge misogynist contingent within their management and youth movement. Individually, UKIP candidates are by and large, good and those already elected are getting things done, which is what they were elected for in the first place. The Basildon area is well served by a decent bunch of Kippers - but go to Southend or Thurrock and they get less competent. Thurrock in particular has at least one former NF member - a Thurrock Councillor called Robert Ray and Timur Aker, UKIP's policy tweaker, another one intent on chucking his weight around, accusing former party members of associations with extremist groups while his best pal is the abovementioned. And his other drinking buddy is a member of another outfit proscribed by the UKIP constitution, which I think, he had a hand in writing! My own politics are very much in line with those of UKIP but far from being far right, these days they are more left leaning. However, as I say, candidates should be looked at on their individual merits, as with all political parties and I would certainly vote UKIP over Labour any day of the week. Being non party political these days I must admit, it's a dilemma. And while ever UKIP has its current internal management structure, its candidates will be picked on a scale of whether their face fits. And if it doesn't , for any reason whatsoever, they will be bullied and hounded into complicity. There is as much, if not more, inparty backstabbing and bullying as the main parties. And UKIP is currently undergoing an awful internal left v right tug of war. Remember the Great Mayoral Ballot Papers Fiasco in the last London elections, where UKIP's name was missed off the ballot papers and Notice of Poll? "Der management" AKA Lisa Duffy, party director, presided over that - and subsequent by elections where UKIP COULD have eaten into existing majorities. Duffy is regularly seen chucking her weight around and like much of UKIP's current "management" team, is hell bent on making a name for herself, rather than a genuine interest in politics. Similarly, Timur Aker, a candidate in the Euros, has his sights set on a nice fat paypacket from Brussels. I feel sorry for the genuinely good councillors and candidates in UKIP who really ARE there for the benefit of their prospective constituents or residents. I would say the best of these are definitely in Basildon. Those who are fortunate enough to have these as their councillors will know who they are. Those foolish enough to elect the ones who are aspiring career politicians and only here for the beer, will find out soon enough. Kim Gandy

9:58am Wed 26 Feb 14

Minceir. says...

"Duffy is regularly seen chucking her weight around ....."

Be fair, it's a very light weight. Probably the equivalent of flyweight in boxing terms.
"Duffy is regularly seen chucking her weight around ....." Be fair, it's a very light weight. Probably the equivalent of flyweight in boxing terms. Minceir.

10:25am Wed 26 Feb 14

Rich,..Carol says...

Good luck ..
Good luck .. Rich,..Carol

2:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Hickey says...

Why potential Labour Party voters should not vote for UKIP.
In 1981 Thatcher was in power. She brought in austarity powers. Sold off state owned companies like British Telecom; British Steel; British Layland and 47 others. She wanted to close 30 cole pits but was stopped by NUM. She was so unpopuler it looked as if the Labour Party might get power. It would have if the working class vote had not been split. This happened because another party was formed to devid the vote. The Social Democratic Party was initiated by three top Labour Party members – Shirley Williams; David Owen; Roy Jenkins and Bill Rogers. They became known as The Gang of Four. The split allowed the Tories to remain in power until 1997. Enough time to privatize most of Britians industral weath and go far to dismantle the Welfare State. Williams is now a Baroness and the other three Barons. The SDP no longer exists.
The UKIP party is another device intended to split the voters. The leader Nigel Farage went to a public school, Dulwich, and following in his stockbroker fathers footsteps, became a City Boy; trading in commodities. If you vote for UKIP you will make the same mistake as the SDP voters did.

UKIP 1993 Kilroy Silk. Farage was born in Herne, Kent, on 3 April 1964, to Guy Justus Oscar Farage and Barbara Stevens. His father was a stockbroker who worked in the City of London financial district. A profile on BBC Radio 4 claimed he was an alcoholic and he left the family home when Nigel was five years old.
Farage was educated at Dulwich College, a public school in south London. Upon graduating in 1982, he decided not to go to university, but to work in the City trading commodities


Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby PC (born 27 July 1930) is a British politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister, she was one of the "Gang of Four" rebels who founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981. In 2001–2004, she served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords,

The Limehouse Declaration was a statement issued on 25 January 1981 by four senior British Labour politicians, all MPs or former MPs and Cabinet Ministers: Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams. It became known as the Limehouse Declaration as it was made from David Owen's London home in Limehouse.
In this document the so-called 'Gang of Four' signalled their intent to leave the Labour Party and form a Council for Social Democracy, as they felt the party had been taken over by the left-wing members. This Council became the basis for the British Social Democratic Party (SDP).
David Owen Baron. Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead
Livingstone won GLC 1981. Thatcher prevented from closing 30 mines by … Heath critical of public spending cuts. Tebbit on your bike. Scargill becomes leader of NUM. BritishLayland on strike. Labour won in 1997
Why potential Labour Party voters should not vote for UKIP. In 1981 Thatcher was in power. She brought in austarity powers. Sold off state owned companies like British Telecom; British Steel; British Layland and 47 others. She wanted to close 30 cole pits but was stopped by NUM. She was so unpopuler it looked as if the Labour Party might get power. It would have if the working class vote had not been split. This happened because another party was formed to devid the vote. The Social Democratic Party was initiated by three top Labour Party members – Shirley Williams; David Owen; Roy Jenkins and Bill Rogers. They became known as The Gang of Four. The split allowed the Tories to remain in power until 1997. Enough time to privatize most of Britians industral weath and go far to dismantle the Welfare State. Williams is now a Baroness and the other three Barons. The SDP no longer exists. The UKIP party is another device intended to split the voters. The leader Nigel Farage went to a public school, Dulwich, and following in his stockbroker fathers footsteps, became a City Boy; trading in commodities. If you vote for UKIP you will make the same mistake as the SDP voters did. UKIP 1993 Kilroy Silk. Farage was born in Herne, Kent, on 3 April 1964, to Guy Justus Oscar Farage and Barbara Stevens.[7][8][9] His father was a stockbroker who worked in the City of London financial district. A profile on BBC Radio 4 claimed he was an alcoholic[7] and he left the family home when Nigel was five years old.[6] Farage was educated at Dulwich College, a public school in south London.[9] Upon graduating in 1982, he decided not to go to university, but to work in the City trading commodities Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby PC (born 27 July 1930) is a British politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister, she was one of the "Gang of Four" rebels who founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981.[1] In 2001–2004, she served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, The Limehouse Declaration was a statement issued on 25 January 1981 by four senior British Labour politicians, all MPs or former MPs and Cabinet Ministers: Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Bill Rodgers and Shirley Williams.[1] It became known as the Limehouse Declaration as it was made from David Owen's London home in Limehouse.[1] In this document the so-called 'Gang of Four' signalled their intent to leave the Labour Party and form a Council for Social Democracy, as they felt the party had been taken over by the left-wing members.[2] This Council became the basis for the British Social Democratic Party (SDP). David Owen Baron. Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead Livingstone won GLC 1981. Thatcher prevented from closing 30 mines by … Heath critical of public spending cuts. Tebbit on your bike. Scargill becomes leader of NUM. BritishLayland on strike. Labour won in 1997 Hickey

7:56pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Ed Woods says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"Mr Ball said: “Because Ukip councillors have no party whip, but work entirely for the residents of our towns and cities, I know I will be able to continue to stand up for the people of Wickford and fully represent their views and concerns.”

This is not strictly true. UKIP have a most useless and incompetent leftwing (yes I said leftwing) "management" at UKIP Towers in London who poke their noses in at local level, issuing diktats and monitoring the movements of any candidate who dares to be outspoken. They are not as free and easy as they make out. And much of the bad press UKIP councillors and former candidates and members have received have come directly from the internal UKIP "mafia".

They also have a huge misogynist contingent within their management and youth movement.

Individually, UKIP candidates are by and large, good and those already elected are getting things done, which is what they were elected for in the first place.

The Basildon area is well served by a decent bunch of Kippers - but go to Southend or Thurrock and they get less competent. Thurrock in particular has at least one former NF member - a Thurrock Councillor called Robert Ray and Timur Aker, UKIP's policy tweaker, another one intent on chucking his weight around, accusing former party members of associations with extremist groups while his best pal is the abovementioned. And his other drinking buddy is a member of another outfit proscribed by the UKIP constitution, which I think, he had a hand in writing!

My own politics are very much in line with those of UKIP but far from being far right, these days they are more left leaning.

However, as I say, candidates should be looked at on their individual merits, as with all political parties and I would certainly vote UKIP over Labour any day of the week.

Being non party political these days I must admit, it's a dilemma.

And while ever UKIP has its current internal management structure, its candidates will be picked on a scale of whether their face fits. And if it doesn't , for any reason whatsoever, they will be bullied and hounded into complicity.

There is as much, if not more, inparty backstabbing and bullying as the main parties. And UKIP is currently undergoing an awful internal left v right tug of war.

Remember the Great Mayoral Ballot Papers Fiasco in the last London elections, where UKIP's name was missed off the ballot papers and Notice of Poll? "Der management" AKA Lisa Duffy, party director, presided over that - and subsequent by elections where UKIP COULD have eaten into existing majorities.

Duffy is regularly seen chucking her weight around and like much of UKIP's current "management" team, is hell bent on making a name for herself, rather than a genuine interest in politics. Similarly, Timur Aker, a candidate in the Euros, has his sights set on a nice fat paypacket from Brussels.

I feel sorry for the genuinely good councillors and candidates in UKIP who really ARE there for the benefit of their prospective constituents or residents. I would say the best of these are definitely in Basildon.

Those who are fortunate enough to have these as their councillors will know who they are.

Those foolish enough to elect the ones who are aspiring career politicians and only here for the beer, will find out soon enough.
Are you the same Kim Gandy who was expelled from UKIP for being too extreme even for them?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Mr Ball said: “Because Ukip councillors have no party whip, but work entirely for the residents of our towns and cities, I know I will be able to continue to stand up for the people of Wickford and fully represent their views and concerns.” This is not strictly true. UKIP have a most useless and incompetent leftwing (yes I said leftwing) "management" at UKIP Towers in London who poke their noses in at local level, issuing diktats and monitoring the movements of any candidate who dares to be outspoken. They are not as free and easy as they make out. And much of the bad press UKIP councillors and former candidates and members have received have come directly from the internal UKIP "mafia". They also have a huge misogynist contingent within their management and youth movement. Individually, UKIP candidates are by and large, good and those already elected are getting things done, which is what they were elected for in the first place. The Basildon area is well served by a decent bunch of Kippers - but go to Southend or Thurrock and they get less competent. Thurrock in particular has at least one former NF member - a Thurrock Councillor called Robert Ray and Timur Aker, UKIP's policy tweaker, another one intent on chucking his weight around, accusing former party members of associations with extremist groups while his best pal is the abovementioned. And his other drinking buddy is a member of another outfit proscribed by the UKIP constitution, which I think, he had a hand in writing! My own politics are very much in line with those of UKIP but far from being far right, these days they are more left leaning. However, as I say, candidates should be looked at on their individual merits, as with all political parties and I would certainly vote UKIP over Labour any day of the week. Being non party political these days I must admit, it's a dilemma. And while ever UKIP has its current internal management structure, its candidates will be picked on a scale of whether their face fits. And if it doesn't , for any reason whatsoever, they will be bullied and hounded into complicity. There is as much, if not more, inparty backstabbing and bullying as the main parties. And UKIP is currently undergoing an awful internal left v right tug of war. Remember the Great Mayoral Ballot Papers Fiasco in the last London elections, where UKIP's name was missed off the ballot papers and Notice of Poll? "Der management" AKA Lisa Duffy, party director, presided over that - and subsequent by elections where UKIP COULD have eaten into existing majorities. Duffy is regularly seen chucking her weight around and like much of UKIP's current "management" team, is hell bent on making a name for herself, rather than a genuine interest in politics. Similarly, Timur Aker, a candidate in the Euros, has his sights set on a nice fat paypacket from Brussels. I feel sorry for the genuinely good councillors and candidates in UKIP who really ARE there for the benefit of their prospective constituents or residents. I would say the best of these are definitely in Basildon. Those who are fortunate enough to have these as their councillors will know who they are. Those foolish enough to elect the ones who are aspiring career politicians and only here for the beer, will find out soon enough.[/p][/quote]Are you the same Kim Gandy who was expelled from UKIP for being too extreme even for them? Ed Woods

12:37pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Hickey says...

Another of the ways the Tories are destroying the NHS from the inside. When Irene and me visited the doctor yesterday he told us he had 90 patients to deal with that day. We were both shocked. He said he was leaving. Who can blame him. I believe work overload is only one of the 'hidden' tactics used by the Tories to undermine the NHS.

When I was admitted for a broken elbow a year ago, at every step in the admittance procedure on the same day my blood pressure was taken. In my view completely unnecessary, unless, of course, if your motive is to deliberately slow up procedures at every turn.

We hear about GP's having control of their own budget. This is presented by the Tory propaganda machine, which is the whole of mainstream media, as a good reform, giving GP's more freedom. But look behind the web. If a doctor thinks the drug you need is too expensive for his individual budget, he will not proscribe it, instead go for a cheaper and inferior drug. The bottom result is an inferior service.

All this fits in with the Tory materplan: Private health care. Along the way millions suffer. Especially those on lower income. Yet, you cannot point to an individual who votes Tory and say with clarity that that person is evil. For surely anyone who deliberately causes unnecessary suffering is evil.

No, not individuals, a system.
Another of the ways the Tories are destroying the NHS from the inside. When Irene and me visited the doctor yesterday he told us he had 90 patients to deal with that day. We were both shocked. He said he was leaving. Who can blame him. I believe work overload is only one of the 'hidden' tactics used by the Tories to undermine the NHS. When I was admitted for a broken elbow a year ago, at every step in the admittance procedure on the same day my blood pressure was taken. In my view completely unnecessary, unless, of course, if your motive is to deliberately slow up procedures at every turn. We hear about GP's having control of their own budget. This is presented by the Tory propaganda machine, which is the whole of mainstream media, as a good reform, giving GP's more freedom. But look behind the web. If a doctor thinks the drug you need is too expensive for his individual budget, he will not proscribe it, instead go for a cheaper and inferior drug. The bottom result is an inferior service. All this fits in with the Tory materplan: Private health care. Along the way millions suffer. Especially those on lower income. Yet, you cannot point to an individual who votes Tory and say with clarity that that person is evil. For surely anyone who deliberately causes unnecessary suffering is evil. No, not individuals, a system. Hickey

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