All posts by Peter Appleford

18May/17

Electorate Misled

Do you remember receiving this leaflet?

So are you surprised the lights are still switched off?

If you voted Conservative on the 4th May, do you feel conned ?

Well, the Conservatives have a track record for Broken Promises

For example:

Promise: Cut Net Immigration to less than 100,000 per year
Reality: Net Immigration continued around 300,000 per year
Promise: Balance the books by 2017 and then run a budget surplus.
Reality: The deficit is still £50 billion a year and will not even be down to zero by 2020.
Promise: Scrap the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights.
Reality: Promise abandoned.
Promise: Deliver a strong NHS.
Reality: A&E is in meltdown and doctors were forced to strike. NHS has a staffing crisis while pay rises for key workers are pegged below inflation. Waiting times have soared.
Promise: Clamp down on dangerous extremists with new Counter Extremism Bill.
Reality: Bill quietly dropped as unable to agree a definition of “extremism” (true!).
Promise: Protect schools funding.
Reality: Funding is being cut by 6.5% with many inner city schools facing even bigger losses.
Promise: Introduce a new Victims’ Law to enshrine key rights for victims of crime.
Reality:   Still waiting..
Promise: Recover £500 million a year from migrants who use the NHS
Reality: Not even a half of that recovered.
In addition, since 2010, the Conservatives have reduced police numbers by 20,000, cut hospital beds by 15,000 and cut our armed forces by 30,000.
Now do you really trust Teresa May and the Conservatives to deliver BREXIT?
A powerful “coalition” of the LibDems, Labour, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Greens, Big Business, the EU, the House of Lords, the Press Barons and Tory Remainers all want to dump Brexit.
There is tremendous pressure on Teresa May to fudge Brexit. Remember the Tories, including Teresa May, campaigned to Remain. Cameron and Osborne promised ruin and destitution if we voted to Leave.
Tellingly, Teresa May has NOT said that Brexit is in the UK’s BEST interest. Unwilling to say that, she says “she is carrying out the will of the people”.
Can you trust the Party that claimed to put the lights on in Spelthorne, but didn’t, to ensure that Brexit means Exit ? Will they say anything, spend anything to win an election? Is it a case of Power is more important than Service, Party more important than People?
In Spelthorne, if you voted UKIP in 2015, vote UKIP again on Thursday 8th June and continue to ensure that UKIP remains the party that all the other parties fear. Vote for Brexit, Honesty and Ordinary folk.
04May/17

Apology

The Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, Councillor Ian Harvey, has instructed UKIP Spelthorne
to post an apology and retraction on its website in respect of a leaflet distributed by our candidate,
Christopher Beresford, in which he made the following factually inaccurate statement: “The Tories
amended a motion asking for two engines manned by two crew full time 24/7 to only one full time
crew.” Mr Beresford accepts that the amended motion was silent as to the number of crews, so
that it was not correct to assert that the Conservatives had called for only one full time crew. He
unreservedly apologises for this error, which was the result of an honest misinterpretation of the
amended motion.

For the record, the amended motion, showing the text that was deleted from the original motion, is set out below:
“That Spelthorne Borough Council request that the new Fire Station proposed by Surrey County
Council to be built at Fordbridge Roundabout, has two pumps/appliances/fire engines, each fully
manned by trained Fire Fighters whole time (full time at all times, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week).
To
do otherwise would seriously endanger and disadvantage the lives and property of the residents of
Spelthorne, which is an area of high demand for both Fire and Rescue Services and one of
elevated risks due to many factors.”

Mr Beresford accepts that the deletion of the request for both engines to be fully manned at all
times does not mean that those who voted for the amendment were calling for one full time crew
and leaves entirely silent the wishes as to crewing of those who voted in favour of the amended
motion.

Since the motion was passed, Surrey County Council has confirmed there will not be 2 full-time
crews. We share the disappointment Councillor Harvey has expressed about this, as UKIP is very
concerned about the reduction in fire services in Spelthorne, which are the result of Tory spending
cuts. We note that Mr Harvey issued a statement on the Spelthorne Borough Council expressing
disappointment at the decision and calling for it to be reconsidered. However, we were surprised
and disappointed that he did not support a motion explicitly calling for two full-time crews before
the decision was taken, as this may have given Surrey County Council the impression that there
was not strong opposition on Spelthorne BC to both engines being fully staffed at all times.