District council is next target for UKIP

Kidderminster Shuttle: Winning candidates: UKIP’s Tony Baker, left, and Eric Kitson took seats on the county council. Winning candidates: UKIP’s Tony Baker, left, and Eric Kitson took seats on the county council.

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) has pledged to contest every seat up for election on Wyre Forest District Council next year.

The announcement comes after UKIP made a historic breakthrough by winning its first four Worcestershire County Council seats – two of which were in Wyre Forest – in last week’s elections.

Tony Baker was elected in St Mary’s with 595 votes and Eric Kitson won a seat in Stourport with 1,385 votes.

UKIP had candidates contesting all 10 Wyre Forest seats up for grabs at County Hall and came first in two divisions and second in five of the others it contested.

On the back of the party’s county council success, Michael Wrench, prospective parliamentary candidate for UKIP Wyre Forest, said UKIP will also contest all 14 of the district council seats up for election in 2014, as well as putting forward candidates in the European Parliament elections next year.

He added: “To get two winners and five second places is an absolutely phenomenal achievement. A lot of hard work’s gone into this.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a full set of candidates at the county council elections. In 2009, it was just myself and Tony [Baker] standing.

“The result here has resonated across the country. We’ve got to get people back into politics.

"We’re attracting all kinds of people, who are coming from all walks of life.

Mr Baker took the St Mary’s division from district council cabinet member, Conservative Nathan Desmond, and Mr Kitson defeated Independent Community and Health Concern’s (ICHC) John Thomas in Stourport.

Mr Baker said: “I feel a little shell-shocked. The people have spoken – we certainly seem to have changed the political landscape.”

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8:55am Thu 9 May 13

kidderlord says...

This is excellent news that UKIP have announced now they will be standing in all seats nexr May- it will give them the chance to tell us what they will do if elected - that is if they know? I mean they can not force withdrawal from the EEC sat in Campion Towers in Kidderminster. However, they will be able to present an alternative budget - tell us their intentions over a new leisure centre -their policy on planning locally- what they will do with the councils reserves - invest it as should happen or sit on the cash like the Tories. What will they do about economic regeneration and filling the shops that are empty on our high streets - what investment they can attract to Stourport Rd and what they can do to improve the local economy, and re-employ the hundreds out of work at Sealine and Brintons. (And don't say fill the jobs at the safari park that that stupid Chamber of Commerce man implied on TV last night - shovelling elephant muck and serving ice cream is no job for a qualified skilled carpenter!)
So come on UKIP your national policies will now be put under immense scrutiny, and the same should happen to your local ones. If you think your up to the job, tell us why and how? Oh and make sure you appoint candidates who WANT to get elected, not like this year when several UKIP people have gained seats but were just there to make up the numbers. Will be interesting to see how the full time employed UKIP Councillors are going to put their all into County work which is predominantly day time.
This is excellent news that UKIP have announced now they will be standing in all seats nexr May- it will give them the chance to tell us what they will do if elected - that is if they know? I mean they can not force withdrawal from the EEC sat in Campion Towers in Kidderminster. However, they will be able to present an alternative budget - tell us their intentions over a new leisure centre -their policy on planning locally- what they will do with the councils reserves - invest it as should happen or sit on the cash like the Tories. What will they do about economic regeneration and filling the shops that are empty on our high streets - what investment they can attract to Stourport Rd and what they can do to improve the local economy, and re-employ the hundreds out of work at Sealine and Brintons. (And don't say fill the jobs at the safari park that that stupid Chamber of Commerce man implied on TV last night - shovelling elephant muck and serving ice cream is no job for a qualified skilled carpenter!) So come on UKIP your national policies will now be put under immense scrutiny, and the same should happen to your local ones. If you think your up to the job, tell us why and how? Oh and make sure you appoint candidates who WANT to get elected, not like this year when several UKIP people have gained seats but were just there to make up the numbers. Will be interesting to see how the full time employed UKIP Councillors are going to put their all into County work which is predominantly day time. kidderlord
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1:59pm Thu 9 May 13

Shibdrift says...

Vive la revolution.
Vive la revolution. Shibdrift
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4:15pm Fri 10 May 13

Gobby Robby says...

The Paul & Debby Daniels Fun Bin is just out of shot.
The Paul & Debby Daniels Fun Bin is just out of shot. Gobby Robby
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12:10am Sat 11 May 13

JKay00 says...

Mehh UKIP is a reactionary flash in the pan. They'll be gone in three years or so.
Mehh UKIP is a reactionary flash in the pan. They'll be gone in three years or so. JKay00
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7:49am Sat 11 May 13

David Murdoch Head Chef says...

Their taste in disc jockey is alarming
Their taste in disc jockey is alarming David Murdoch Head Chef
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7:17pm Sat 11 May 13

Gobby Robby says...

They need to be sharper sartorially or more physically imposing if they want to emulate the success of their European cousins.
They need to be sharper sartorially or more physically imposing if they want to emulate the success of their European cousins. Gobby Robby
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11:41pm Sat 11 May 13

John Herbert Smith says...

The whole "UKIP have no policies" stance is getting boring now.

UKIP have plenty of policies:

*a grammar school in every town (unlike the situation now where you have to pay and travel to Worcester to get a grammar school standard of education)

*getting immigration down to ~50,000 per year as it used to be

*no to windfarms (which have to be switched off when it's too windy and backed up by a power station)

I could go on...
The whole "UKIP have no policies" stance is getting boring now. UKIP have plenty of policies: *a grammar school in every town (unlike the situation now where you have to pay and travel to Worcester to get a grammar school standard of education) *getting immigration down to ~50,000 per year as it used to be *no to windfarms (which have to be switched off when it's too windy and backed up by a power station) I could go on... John Herbert Smith
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2:08am Sun 12 May 13

JKay00 says...

Who knew Eric was a racist.....
Totes lols

http://www.mirror.co
.uk/news/uk-news/uki
p-race-row-fury-coun
cillor-1883685#.UY7k
n3uUwLI.twitter
Who knew Eric was a racist..... Totes lols http://www.mirror.co .uk/news/uk-news/uki p-race-row-fury-coun cillor-1883685#.UY7k n3uUwLI.twitter JKay00
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2:55am Sun 12 May 13

JKay00 says...

John,

Not even going to argue with those pathetic examples of completely uncosted and unrealistic 'policies'.
John, Not even going to argue with those pathetic examples of completely uncosted and unrealistic 'policies'. JKay00
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9:58am Sun 12 May 13

kidderlord says...

John Herbert Smith wrote:
The whole "UKIP have no policies" stance is getting boring now.

UKIP have plenty of policies:

*a grammar school in every town (unlike the situation now where you have to pay and travel to Worcester to get a grammar school standard of education)

*getting immigration down to ~50,000 per year as it used to be

*no to windfarms (which have to be switched off when it's too windy and backed up by a power station)

I could go on...
Yep well that's good then.. so no wind farm on Birchen Coppice, King Charles pupils found school less as UKIP turn it back to a proper school, (unless of course they are gonna build a brand new one with fairy dust along Stourport Road, the DC's favoured home) and no experienced medical professionals coming to Kidder Hospital to help us out of the sh** when we don't have enough trained staff. So that's Wyre Forest sorted then.
[quote][p][bold]John Herbert Smith[/bold] wrote: The whole "UKIP have no policies" stance is getting boring now. UKIP have plenty of policies: *a grammar school in every town (unlike the situation now where you have to pay and travel to Worcester to get a grammar school standard of education) *getting immigration down to ~50,000 per year as it used to be *no to windfarms (which have to be switched off when it's too windy and backed up by a power station) I could go on...[/p][/quote]Yep well that's good then.. so no wind farm on Birchen Coppice, King Charles pupils found school less as UKIP turn it back to a proper school, (unless of course they are gonna build a brand new one with fairy dust along Stourport Road, the DC's favoured home) and no experienced medical professionals coming to Kidder Hospital to help us out of the sh** when we don't have enough trained staff. So that's Wyre Forest sorted then. kidderlord
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10:12am Sun 12 May 13

Gobby Robby says...

@JKay00 - Good work! There's no way this 'clown' can stay a councillor now. Not just anti Muslim & anti immigrant which we all knew UKIP were about but anti Semitic as well! this is the sort of bloke we fought a war against! In a reference to Muslim women: “Hang um all first then ask questions later.”
"It has also shown a string of anti-Jewish remarks including false claims that the Rothschild banking dynasty had controlled Nazi ­Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler"

At least, as the UKIP supporters say, they're being honest about what they feel - at least on FB.
@JKay00 - Good work! There's no way this 'clown' can stay a councillor now. Not just anti Muslim & anti immigrant which we all knew UKIP were about but anti Semitic as well! this is the sort of bloke we fought a war against! In a reference to Muslim women: “Hang um all first then ask questions later.” "It has also shown a string of anti-Jewish remarks including false claims that the Rothschild banking dynasty had controlled Nazi ­Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler" At least, as the UKIP supporters say, they're being honest about what they feel - at least on FB. Gobby Robby
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10:14am Sun 12 May 13

Gobby Robby says...

If anyone missed Jkay's post

http://www.mirror.co
.uk/news/uk-news/uki
p-race-row-fury-coun
cillor-1883685

Wyre Forest politics makes the nationals for all the wrong reasons yet again!
If anyone missed Jkay's post http://www.mirror.co .uk/news/uk-news/uki p-race-row-fury-coun cillor-1883685 Wyre Forest politics makes the nationals for all the wrong reasons yet again! Gobby Robby
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2:46pm Sun 12 May 13

jon cooper says...

It was obvious after the recent results in the County Council elections; people wanted change, and decided to vote UKIP in their thousands. I actually understand why anyone would want change, and I thought that if UKIP played their success correctly, they could make massive inroads in the district elections of 2014.

Ten days after the WCC elections; the views of one of UKIP's successful candidates has without doubt thrown this possibility down the drain - and thank God too ...
It was obvious after the recent results in the County Council elections; people wanted change, and decided to vote UKIP in their thousands. I actually understand why anyone would want change, and I thought that if UKIP played their success correctly, they could make massive inroads in the district elections of 2014. Ten days after the WCC elections; the views of one of UKIP's successful candidates has without doubt thrown this possibility down the drain - and thank God too ... jon cooper
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5:24pm Sun 12 May 13

neilhar says...

Thank god indeed. Resign or be fired. JPC. your time to stand up is now. There can be no excuse or justification. If a naive 16 yr old girl's social media posts got her fired, then so should a racist, bigoted, anti semetic 50 something's get him gone too...

IF, and it is a big if, the UK really want change, can I respectfully ask that they vote Green, or monster raving loony for all I care, rather than this pathetic excuse of a group of people.

Everyday. I hear terrible things come out of people's mouths. Either they are not actually thinking when they speak or this country is still a pretty racist one. Just have a scratch at the surface a teeny weeny bit
Thank god indeed. Resign or be fired. JPC. your time to stand up is now. There can be no excuse or justification. If a naive 16 yr old girl's social media posts got her fired, then so should a racist, bigoted, anti semetic 50 something's get him gone too... IF, and it is a big if, the UK really want change, can I respectfully ask that they vote Green, or monster raving loony for all I care, rather than this pathetic excuse of a group of people. Everyday. I hear terrible things come out of people's mouths. Either they are not actually thinking when they speak or this country is still a pretty racist one. Just have a scratch at the surface a teeny weeny bit neilhar
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5:32pm Sun 12 May 13

Gobby Robby says...

Wonder if the Shuttle will run with this, especially as it has made the nationals? Be a pretty depressing indictment if it didn't.
Wonder if the Shuttle will run with this, especially as it has made the nationals? Be a pretty depressing indictment if it didn't. Gobby Robby
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6:26pm Sun 12 May 13

FranOb says...

I spent this morning and early afternoon at the Katyn Memorial on Cannock Chase remembering the 15,000 Polish "intelligentsia" murdered by the Soviet Union in 1940, their hands bound, they were shot in the back of the head and their bodies pushed into trenches.
I was joined by Civic Leaders from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.
To come home and read the sickening postings of this appalling individual is both saddening and sickening.
If this is not "incitement to racial hatred" then I do not know what is.
Members of Worcs.CC have to sign up to the County Council'sCode of Conduct. He has done that. He has also "driven a coach and horses" through that Code.
I am watching with interest to see the response of Worcs.CC and also of West Mercia Police.
How can a man who espouses these views represent any part of our local community?
I spent this morning and early afternoon at the Katyn Memorial on Cannock Chase remembering the 15,000 Polish "intelligentsia" murdered by the Soviet Union in 1940, their hands bound, they were shot in the back of the head and their bodies pushed into trenches. I was joined by Civic Leaders from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. To come home and read the sickening postings of this appalling individual is both saddening and sickening. If this is not "incitement to racial hatred" then I do not know what is. Members of Worcs.CC have to sign up to the County Council'sCode of Conduct. He has done that. He has also "driven a coach and horses" through that Code. I am watching with interest to see the response of Worcs.CC and also of West Mercia Police. How can a man who espouses these views represent any part of our local community? FranOb
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6:42pm Sun 12 May 13

JKay00 says...

I guess he'll argue that he got 'hacked' or that it was all just meant in jest (Because the holocaust is so hilarious)
I guess he'll argue that he got 'hacked' or that it was all just meant in jest (Because the holocaust is so hilarious) JKay00
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7:37pm Sun 12 May 13

Jane Gordon says...

the article in the Sunday Mirror about Mr Kitson looks interesting. I sence a by-election coming up in Stourport !!!
the article in the Sunday Mirror about Mr Kitson looks interesting. I sence a by-election coming up in Stourport !!! Jane Gordon
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9:09pm Sun 12 May 13

Gobby Robby says...

The sad thing is this comes as no surprise and the worrying fact that he actually got elected.
UKIP is allied in the European Parliament with the EFD which is a group of far right parties, Farage is the co president. It contains fans, such as MEP Mario Borghezio, of Anders Breivik, the terrorist who killed the 70 school children in Norway the other year.
A good article on UKIP's links with far right parties, homophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny and 'what to do with the disabled' can be found here

http://www.newstates
man.com/politics/201
3/02/ukip-party-bigo
ts-lets-look-evidenc
e

A depressing day for Stourport & Wyre Forest that these views are striking a chord with so many people.
The sad thing is this comes as no surprise and the worrying fact that he actually got elected. UKIP is allied in the European Parliament with the EFD which is a group of far right parties, Farage is the co president. It contains fans, such as MEP Mario Borghezio, of Anders Breivik, the terrorist who killed the 70 school children in Norway the other year. A good article on UKIP's links with far right parties, homophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny and 'what to do with the disabled' can be found here http://www.newstates man.com/politics/201 3/02/ukip-party-bigo ts-lets-look-evidenc e A depressing day for Stourport & Wyre Forest that these views are striking a chord with so many people. Gobby Robby
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9:49pm Sun 12 May 13

John Campion says...

If what he is said as reported in the National Newspapers is true, then he needs to consider if public service is really for him.

Many men and women have given their lives to ensure we live in a free and democratic society, attempts to divide our society on the basis of religion, race or sexuality don’t have any place in 2013.

Society demands high standards from its representatives. If what is reported is true and represent his views accurately, then he should consider strongly if he can still represent the community he was elected to serve that include the communities he seems to have such a low opinion of.
If what he is said as reported in the National Newspapers is true, then he needs to consider if public service is really for him. Many men and women have given their lives to ensure we live in a free and democratic society, attempts to divide our society on the basis of religion, race or sexuality don’t have any place in 2013. Society demands high standards from its representatives. If what is reported is true and represent his views accurately, then he should consider strongly if he can still represent the community he was elected to serve that include the communities he seems to have such a low opinion of. John Campion
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12:37pm Mon 13 May 13

comberton hill questions says...

Raciscm of any type is disgusting.

We live in a society which is supposed to be tolerant of other irrespective of religion gender race sexuality disability the list goes on.

The trouble is a lot of UKIP councillors not just our 2 were elected without any scrutiny of what they stood for. Surely if their facebook page had such things on it why did the main parties who stood against them not simply look them up and expose them for what they are and the hatred they supply.

I do not know the process however I would ask that either John or Fran or any other councillor make a formal complaint as this is against the code of conduct and if people had known this this man would not have been elected - as said before though the parties should have looked in to these people and done their jobs properly to prevent these disgusting views entering in to our county council.
Raciscm of any type is disgusting. We live in a society which is supposed to be tolerant of other irrespective of religion gender race sexuality disability the list goes on. The trouble is a lot of UKIP councillors not just our 2 were elected without any scrutiny of what they stood for. Surely if their facebook page had such things on it why did the main parties who stood against them not simply look them up and expose them for what they are and the hatred they supply. I do not know the process however I would ask that either John or Fran or any other councillor make a formal complaint as this is against the code of conduct and if people had known this this man would not have been elected - as said before though the parties should have looked in to these people and done their jobs properly to prevent these disgusting views entering in to our county council. comberton hill questions
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9:20pm Tue 14 May 13

Jane Gordon says...

Perhaps Cllr Campion should look at the standards of some of the members of his own party. Mr Kitson should resign - his behaviour is intolerable. Lets hope that if there is another election that the people of Stourport think more carefully before voting.
Perhaps Cllr Campion should look at the standards of some of the members of his own party. Mr Kitson should resign - his behaviour is intolerable. Lets hope that if there is another election that the people of Stourport think more carefully before voting. Jane Gordon
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10:17pm Tue 14 May 13

David Murdoch Head Chef says...

Monkeys and machine guns
Monkeys and machine guns David Murdoch Head Chef
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