I would like to thank all of the local residents I met at the UKIP North East conference in Hartlepool last Saturday. I meet local people on a daily basis and have been delighted to watch the consistent growth that UKIP has enjoyed in the town. It was fantastic to get the chance to meet so many local people all at once and to even have passers by going out of their way to approach the venue to enthusiastically announce their support for UKIP.
The North East has effectively been a one-party state for too long. I am delighted that UKIP are able to provide a true opposition for local people and I look forward to see a very exciting election campaign develop in the months ahead. I believe that UKIP can make a real difference and we are putting up a strong, young, hardworking candidate in Phillip Broughton who I believe could make a real difference for the people of Hartlepool.
Even if UKIP are not to your tastes, a strong opposition is good for all of us. Many local seats have been “safe” for a long time and waking up complacent politicians is good for all in our communities.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East