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Lichfield campaigner insists UKIP is politics of the people

UKIP claim they have brought politics back to the people of Lichfield and Burntwood.

The party has been going around the constituency in a Renault Scenic shouting out reasons to vote UKIP over a tannoy system.

Hopwas, Fradley, Whittington and Boley Park were all stops on UKIP parliamentary candidate John Rackham’s campaign trail.

UKIP's Peter Cope and John Rackham. Pic: Lewis Deakin

UKIP’s Peter Cope and John Rackham. Pic: Lewis Deakin

Branch chairman Peter Cope said the party were connecting with people all across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Mr Cope added: “Politicians must make politics more accessible to the people. Going out in the car was all about ensuring politics came back to public attention.

“While we were out and about getting our message across to ordinary men and women – our career politicians are sitting behind desks, and communicating through spokespeople.”

The UKIP spokesman claimed the party has the answers to Lichfield and Burntwood voters’ concerns.

He said: “Going out in the car is about opening the public’s eyes to the fact that UKIP is very serious about policies such as HS2 and defence spending.”

He also set out why UKIP worries about a Conservative or Labour government being elected on May 7.

“We’re fearful in regards to British jobs, our armed forces and the greenbelt under a Conservative or Labour government,” he said.

Mr Rackham believes it is essential to reach out to all areas of the constituency.

He said: “At this stage of the election campaign – it’s important that we talk to as many people as possible.

“I thought going out in the car and using the tannoy was a great way to spread the word.”

The candidates standing in the Lichfield constituency are:

  • Andy Bennetts – Class War
  • Michael Fabricant – Conservatives
  • Robert Pass – Green Party
  • John Rackham – UKIP
  • Paul Ray – Lib Dem
  • Chris Worsey – Labour

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  1. Bob

    5th May, 2015 at 10:16 am

    “We don’t need no EU immigrants or their stinking imports!”
    *Goes out campaigning in a Renault*

  2. Mike

    5th May, 2015 at 10:51 am

    “While we were out and about getting our message across to ordinary men and women – our career politicians are sitting behind desks, and communicating through spokespeople.”

    But other parties are door-step campaigning? Knocking on doors? If you think just sitting in a car shouting out of a tannoy is getting the message across, you are seriously mistaken. That’s not talking to people, it’s shouting at people, which seems to be what UKIP supporters are doing a lot of these days. Any candidate who becomes an MP will have to do some sitting behind a desk anyway, to be able to do their job.

  3. Nick

    5th May, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    That was UKIP? I thought it was the rag & bone man. That explains why they didn’t take the bed frame. Plus the rag & bone man has more coherent policies.

  4. The Speaker

    5th May, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Mr Angry and Mr Angrier drive around shouting random soundbites at unsuspecting members of the public trying to go about their daily chores. Sounds like grounds for an ASBO to me.

  5. Andy Bennetts

    5th May, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Lichfield UKIP are a parody of themselves. It’s brilliant.

  6. Darryl

    5th May, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    The consistent message throughout the UKIP manifesto is the pledge to leave the EU. This instantly puts all of their other pledges in jeopardy as they have no experience of how this would affect UK trade deals within Europe, and consequently the UK tax book.

    They may as well have written one page that says “we will leave the EU, then see where we are.”

  7. Phil

    5th May, 2015 at 9:36 pm