UKIP General Election 2017 Manifesto
General Election Announcement

UKIP have announced their line up to fight five of the county's six constituencies for June's General Election.

UKIP will field candidates in Gloucester, the Forest of Dean, Stroud, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds, but will not be fielding a candidate in Cheltenham on this occasion.

Gloucester boy Daniel Woolf -- well known to many in the city as a teacher and campaigner ---- will be standing for the party in Gloucester, and in the Forest of Dean the party will be represented by Ernie Warrender, UKIP's Small Business Spokesman and a member of the party's "Shadow Cabinet" nationally.
In Stroud Branch Chairman and Vote Leave co-ordinator Glen Gogerly has thrown his hat in the ring, and in the Cotswolds Chris Harlow, the party's candidate in the 2015 General Election will be submitting himself to the voters once again. The line up is completed by Simon Collins, the party's candidate in Tewkesbury.

Richard Ford, County Chairman for UKIP Gloucestershire said:

" I am delighted that UKIP will be fielding so many excellent candidates throughout whole of Gloucestershire in the forthcoming General Election. In Gloucester, the Forest of Dean and Stroud the UKIP Candidate will be the only Brexit candidate --- especially important in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean, where Leave voters numbered almost 60% in last year's EU Referendum and where the local MPs were and are big Remain supporters.
After much consideration we have decided not to field a candidate in Cheltenham this time, as the town voted for Remain last year, and UKIP must concentrate its limited financial resources where they can be put to the very best use. Unlike the Conservatives and Labour we do not have access to huge funding from big business and the trade unions respectively, and are reliant upon our members for income. We must therefore be much more focussed on our expenditure than these parties are obliged to be.

I would emphasise that in the case of Cheltenham UKIP will not be endorsing any other candidate, nor has any arrangement been made with any other party. UKIP view the lead Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates in Cheltenham, whose parties both worked together in the Coalition Government to wreak havoc on the lives of vulnerable people in Gloucestershire and elsewhere with measures such as the Bedroom tax and others, as peas in the same pod. Additionally both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates in Cheltenham are prominent supporters of Remain.

As regards the Forest of Dean veteran UKIP Councillor Richard Leppington has decided not to take up the party's nomination for health and business reasons and we are delighted that Ernie Warrender, who lives locally, has agreed to stand and to fight for the Forest. The contest in the Forest of Dean will be a particularly interesting one as there will effectively be two Labour candidates --- a Corbynista and a breakaway Labour candidate Councillor Tim Gwilliam who is standing as Forest First.

This General Election has been called by Prime Minister Theresa May -- who also supported Remain last year -- for cynical party management reasons. We cannot trust the Tories to implement Brexit properly. We know that there will be a Conservative majority in the House of Commons after this election and call upon all to vote for their UKIP candidates in this election to ensure that their voices and those of Gloucestershire can be heard at Westminster, rather than electing yet another Conservative bag carrier."

Daniel Woolf  - Gloucester Parliamentary Candidate

Updated 18 May 2017

The Long Game

Since we won independence for our country last June, it has been a difficult time for UKIP. Some of our supporters have left us, but those of us here have kept the faith. I would like to thank you for your loyalty.
We all know that, despite the problems, and a reduction in our support, we are needed more than ever.
It's as though we were watching a three-act play. Act One was the Referendum victory. That took over 20 years to achieve, but those who have left us are literally missing the plot as it unfurls.

So welcome to Act Two. Act Two is the Negotiation. That will help to create the Britain of the future, and the influence of UKIP is vital to ensure that we become a fully independent nation once more. Just like 180 other countries around the world, we want to be free of the European Court. We want to regain control of our borders. We don't want to pay billions of pounds for the privilege of running a trade deficit with the EU. We want to decide our own laws. We want control our fishing grounds, and much more.
But we can't trust any other party to achieve those things.

Do the Tories really have the courage to walk away from a deal if it isn't right? Especially if their big industrial and commercial donors are telling them to compromise? Can we really trust Theresa May to curb immigration when she has done precisely the opposite in her six years as Home Secretary? We must remember that the Tories have been a pro-EU party since the Seventies. Many of their MPs wanted us to Remain, and so do a lot of their members. I am not convinced that the leopard has changed its spots.

So in Act Two we urgently need a strong UKIP, in the country and in Parliament, to make sure the negotiations are done in the interests of an independent Britain. We need our Prime Minister to be a tough negotiator. It doesn't help when she says that she wants a “Strong European Union”. Surely a weak EU would be easier to negotiate with? The Government will need reminding constantly that they should be battling for Britain and Britain alone. After all, the EU side aren't offering us any help – nor will they. We need a strong UKIP to change the Governmental mind-set that the EU countries are our partners. They aren't – they are our competitors.

Act Two will last at least two years, but it's Act Three that is the most important of all, and the one that UKIP mustn't miss.

Act Three is a long act. It is the policies that decide what sort of country Britain will be for our grandchildren. For the last forty-plus years, our Governments have merely enacted EU legislation. They have lost touch with the way British people feel, as evidenced by the Referendum result. They have lost touch with the way the world works because they have been obsessed with doing the EU's bidding. They have forgotten how to stand up for Britain in the world.

UKIP's job in Act Three is to influence the shape of Britain for future generations. The worry is that the weak, isolated and insular Governments of the last 45 years continue over the next 45. We need to make sure we have Governments that stand up for this country. That punch above our weight on the international stage, that back our people, our companies and our interests.

Ridiculous policies such as throwing borrowed money into the Foreign Aid budget without accountability must stop. We must build a country that educates and trains its young people to fill the jobs in Britain, and not import cheaper, ready-qualified outsiders to the detriment of Brits.
We must be a champion of British culture, British enterprise, British people. After all, no-one else will. Independent Nations look after their own people. Britain must do the same.

Of course, we will remain an outward-looking society. We will participate strongly in international affairs. We will trade with nations around the world. We will participate in international bodies that reflect our interests – peace, security, freedom and prosperity.

Act Three will play out. Let's work to make sure that UKIP has a part to play. Maybe not as the Leading Lady, but certainly as an important actor.

We can only participate in Act Three if we are present during Act Two, and we are about to embark on that with the forthcoming General Election. So please speak positively about UKIP. Our job is far from done. Our country needs us. Let's remind the electors of that fact, and fight this election in a positive and upbeat frame of mind.

​Updated 27 April 2017

                                           The 6 Tests of Brexit

1. The Legal Test: 
Parliament must resume its supremacy of law-making with no impediments, qualifications or restrictions on its future actions agreed in any leaving deal. Britain must wholly remove itself from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. No undertaking shall be given in the leaving agreement that constrains the UK to being an ongoing member of the European Court of Human Rights.

2. The Migration Test: 
Britain must resume full control of its immigration and asylum policies and border controls. There must be no impediments, qualifications or restrictions agreed to in any leaving deal. We must not be bound by any freedom of movement obligation. The departure terms must facilitate the Government finally making good on its broken promise to cut net annual net migration to the tens of thousands.

3. The Maritime Test: 
Joining the EEC involved a betrayal of our coastal communities at the behest of a previous Tory prime minister. They must not be betrayed again. Leaving the EU must involve restoring to the UK full maritime sovereignty. The UK must resume complete control of its maritime exclusive economic zone - stretching 200 miles off the coast or to the half-way point between the UK and neighbouring countries. We must ensure that no constraint other than its own physical capacity or the needs of stock preservation or replenishment – as decided upon by the UK Parliament - applies to our fleet. This will give our fishing industry a long overdue chance to recover.

4. The Trade Test: 
The UK must retake its seat on the World Trade Organisation and resume its sovereign right to sign trade agreements with other countries. The UK must have full legal rights to set its own tariff and non-tariff barriers consistent with WTO rules. This means leaving the EU single market and customs union. Continued tariff-free trade, with no strings attached, may be offered to the EU, but if the EU declines the offer then WTO terms are the acceptable fall-back position. Post departure, both sides will have the ability to further liberalise trade on the basis of mutual gain.

5. The Money Test: 
There must be no final settlement payment to the EU, and no ongoing payments to the EU budget after we have left. We must also reclaim our share of financial assets from entities such as the European Investment Bank, in which it is estimated that some £9bn of UK money is vested.

6. The Time Test: 
Given that David Cameron held the referendum so early in the Government’s term of office, it is clearly reasonable to expect the Brexit process to be completed well before the next General Election. To go into the 2020 election with loose ends left untied or an open-ended transition still in progress would risk plunging the country into a new era of uncertainty and emboldening those who wish to overturn the referendum result. That is unacceptable. So Brexit must be done and dusted before the end of 2019.

​Updated 28 March 2017