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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Ukip target success in Barrow and Ulverston

UKIP has outlined its plans to stage a major breakthrough in Furness politics – by contesting every ward in the Barrow Borough Council election next year.

The Eurosceptic party is on the rise nationally and locally after winning last week’s European elections and coming a close second to Labour in Barrow.

Mr Matthews said the party would target seats on the town council and would have candidates standing for the six Ulverston seats in the 2016 South Lakeland District Council elections.

A Barrow Ukip branch established by just four people 12 months ago now has 74 members. During a public meeting attended by around 30 people in Dalton this week, Mr Matthews said Ukip would launch a full onslaught on the local elections in May 2015.

Mr Matthews told the meeting in the Newton Arms: “We’ve got another round of local elections in Barrow. There are 36 seats and our aim is to have a candidate for every single one.

“We want everybody who is a member to stand as a candidate. We will target the places where we’ve got the best chance and get the most active people who want to work on them.”

Barrow-based Mr Matthews, who helped organise Ukip’s European campaign in the north west, where the party won three MEPs, also revealed he will apply to be the party’s candidate to run for John Woodcock’s Barrow parliamentary seat.

Ukip’s general election manifesto will be launched at its conference in September. But Mr Matthews said the party was committed to a four-submarine “like for like” continuous at-sea deterrent (Successor) to be built at Barrow. Mr Matthews said: “We’re a grassroots movement; we’re an idea whose time has come. We’re on the long march to Westminster and we will get there.”

The branch will hold its July meeting in Ulverston as it bids to increase its strength across South Cumbria too.

Mr Matthews told the Evening Mail: “At our meetings in Barrow, about 20 per cent have travelled from Ulverston so we agreed to hold a meeting there.

“We have about 15 or 20 members in Ulverston who are very keen and very active.”

Because the town lies between the Barrow and Kendal party branches, its affairs are managed by a local committee.

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What was silly about them Terry? I can make up a proper name if you prefer?

Posted by Hello on 15 June 2014 at 21:02

With reference to ''Hello'' if you can't even identify yourself then I can't be bothered answering your silly remarks and questions..
Ron C.. UKIP'S Policies will be announced in September, and although they may well not win the next election, they can't win everything in one year.... they will probably form a coalition with the conservatives... Libdems are history, and Labour is going nowhere with their present leader...

Posted by terry foster on 11 June 2014 at 11:42

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