The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been forced to change the venue of a public meeting in Bradley Stoke after the school where it was due to take place cancelled the hall booking.
Flyers promoting the meeting, to be fronted by UKIP’s national leader Nigel Farage, have been widely distributed in the local area over the past few weeks.
These gave the venue as Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) but UKIP announced last Thursday that this had been changed to the Aztec Hotel.
A local party source told The Journal that the venue had been switched because the hotel “holds more people and has a PA system” but enquiries by The Journal have revealed a more plausible explanation.
Dave Baker, Executive Headteacher at BSCS, told The Journal:
“We were not told at the time of booking that the school was being booked for a political event and we were not happy at the school being associated with promoting particular political views, so we cancelled the booking.”
“We are obviously unhappy at flyers having been delivered to every house in Bradley Stoke associating us with a particular political agenda.”
The meeting, titled “It’s time to leave the EU”, promises to explore issues such as:
- “Why we can no longer afford to subsidise the wasteful and corrupt EU”;
- “How the EU is destabilising the world economy”; and
- “Why Westminster no longer governs Britain.”
The flyer describes Mr Farage, an occasional panelist on BBC1’s Question Time, as “the most charismatic and plain speaking politician in British and European politics”.
William Dartmouth, one of UKIP’s two South-West MEPs, will also be at the meeting, which takes place on Monday (28th May) at 7:30pm (for 7:45pm). Click the thumbnail image above for full details.
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