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[Letter] UKIP’s Ben Walker: Why I am not standing in GE2017

Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at 12:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Ben Walker (UKIP).After a huge amount of deliberation, I have decided not to stand in the upcoming snap general election on 8th June.

I campaigned tirelessly along with other local branch members to ensure we obtained a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and once we got it, we worked even harder to win it.

Given that the previous member of parliament for Filton & Bradley Stoke eventually came out in support of Brexit and voted to leave, helping to campaign in the latter stages of the referendum campaign, it would be wrong of me to stand in this election and potentially affect the result knowing that he has now given his commitment to Brexit.

In no way do I support the Conservatives nor do I support our MP and his record in government, however, I must entrust my commitment to Brexit with him, putting aside party politics and personal differences in the interests of the UK and its bright future outside of the EU, an ever closer political union and a federal superstate.

I hope, if elected, he plays his part to ensure Brexit is delivered by the government. If not, or if Brexit becomes something it was never meant to be, I will be waiting to remind the electorate of his and his party’s failure to deliver on a promise.

Ben Walker
UKIP Candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke

This letter originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 30). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Related link: 2017 General Election in Filton and Bradley Stoke

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Ben Walker chosen to fight 2015 general election for UKIP

Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Ben Walker.

Bradley Stoke councillor Ben Walker has been chosen as the UKIP candidate for the Filton and Bradley Stoke (FABS) parliamentary seat in the 2015 general election.

The party has also announced its first wave of prospective South Gloucestershire Council candidates.

Speaking after his selection, Cllr Walker said:

“I’m honoured to have been selected as the Filton and Bradley Stoke UKIP candidate and will continue to work for people across the constituency and South Gloucestershire. Our branch continues to grow from strength to strength as does our public support and we look to contest as many South Gloucestershire Council seats as possible.”

“People want change as they have been consistently let down by successive parties; we are that change with the representation of people at our core.”

Filton town councillor Keith Briffet was selected to stand as a South Gloucestershire Council candidate in Filton, along with Alan Tink, a former Filton town councillor and chair of council.

Derrick Powell from Bradley Stoke was also selected to stand for South Gloucestershire Council in Bradley Stoke.

Speaking after their selection, Keith Briffet, Alan Tink and Derrick Powell said:

“We are the fastest-growing party in Britain and the first new political force for change for 100 years. People are joining us in their thousands every month because we are prepared to say what they’ve been thinking. Only UKIP want to leave the costly, meddling EU, end mass immigration, stop soaring energy bills and cut foreign aid.”

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Two Bradley Stoke Conservative Councillors defect to UKIP

Posted on Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Ex-Tories Ben Walker and Ed Rose are welcomed into UKIP.

Two Bradley Stoke Councillors yesterday defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in what appears to be a consequence of some nasty in-fighting within the local Conservative Party.

Cllr Ben Walker, a former Bradley Stoke Mayor and District Councillor for the Bradley Stoke North ward, and Cllr Ed Rose, elected to the Town Council in May 2011, were welcomed into UKIP by the party’s national leader Nigel Farage at a public meeting held at the Aztec Hotel.

The defections come less than a week after Cllr Walker was snubbed by his party colleagues when they failed to nominate him for the position of Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, a largely ceremonial position that he was expected to “automatically” inherit, having served as Vice-Chair for the past year.

That episode had been preceded by a smear campaign, first aired in The Bristol Post on 12th May, which exposed embarrassing information about Cllr Walker’s business dealings and his personal tax position.

Those revelations were circulated to the local press by someone claiming to be a supporter of the Conservative party, who advised Cllr Walker’s colleagues to “identify another suitable candidate for the Chairmanship of South Gloucestershire Council”.

Yesterday’s developments began with an interview on BBC Radio Bristol’s Breakfast Show in which Cllr Walker announced his resignation from the Conservative Party. News that he and another local Councillor were to defect to UKIP came a few hours later, conveniently leaving the way open for the pair to be welcomed by their new leader at the long-planned public meeting later in the day.

More: How the day unfolded. Uncertain future for BSTC. »

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UKIP forced to switch meeting venue after school cancels hall booking

Posted on Sunday 27th May 2012 at 10:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party. [Photo: Dweller; Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

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.”

Flyer advertising "an evening with Nigel Farage MEP"at the Aztec Hotel.

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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