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In some much needed good news for the UK Independence Party, after the disastrous by-election in Bradford West on Thursday, several local officials have indicated that they will stand for election or hold office as UKIP members!

Alan Graves, a councillor (like city council or county board of supervisors) in Alvaston in Derbyshire, who was from 1995 to 2009 held the seat for Labour and then as an independent from 2009 through 2012 has switched to UKIP:

Mr Graves said: “I thought it was important to recognise that my election was based on the aspirations of my constituents, so I remained independent on the principle that electors had voted for a Labour candidate.

“However, there are many similarities with UKIP’s aims, my beliefs, and those of my constituents, so now is the right time to make a move to UKIP so that the people of Alvaston can have real choice in the local elections.”

A councillor in Swindon has defected to UKIP, as well as one in Oxfordshire, too:

Councillor John Short, who sits as an Independent on Swindon Borough Council, has joined UKIP with immediate effect.

John was elected as a Conservative councillor in 2006, but has since become disillusioned with the Conservative Party locally and nationally.

He left the Conservatives and became an Independent but has now joined UKIP.

Councillor Short represents Highworth Ward and holds a number of positions on Swindon Borough Council including Chair of the Appeals Committee.


Christopher Quinton, a councillor for Woodcote on South Oxfordshire District Council, has resigned from the Conservative Party in order to join UKIP.

He stated that Conservative moves to secularise Britain had gone too far, particularly after Downing Street had announced that it wanted to see the legalisation of gay marriages enacted by 2015.   He was also infuriated by the debate being opened to ban people from wearing crosses and crucifixes to work.

One concerned about local issues and another about national ones but both in the right place:  UKIP.

Wait!  There’s more – another Derbyshire councillor, Martin du Sautoy, an experienced Tory who was former councillor for twenty years, says no to the Tweedledee/Tweedledum parties and joins UKIP:

Mr du Sautoy said: “For some time now, I have recognised that the Conservative Party has been heading in the wrong direction.

“Nationally, they promised a referendum on the EU and failed to deliver, locally they promised a focus on manufacturing industry and then stood by as a substantial order for railway rolling stock was diverted away from Bombardier in Derby to a foreign competitor.

A married couple, both councillors and one a former mayor, Catherine and Tom Bursnall, have also joined UKIP:

The Bursnalls’ statement read: “The budget was the last nail in the coffin.

“The Conservative party is no longer the party for the aspirational ‘go getter’; no longer the moral crusader for a lower taxed nation; and no longer the party that trumps meritocracy over political gesture.”

It added: “UKIP is now the natural home for those aspirational folk who want a party that seeks to remove state interference from everyday life, lower the tax burden for everyone, and restore our country as a competitive player in the global arena.

This attractive young couple may be the future of UKIP and British politics.  Let’s hope so.  We need all the help we can get.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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