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Harlow’s UKIP candidate has some final thoughts before election day

Politics / Tue 6th Jun 2017 at 06:57pm

AS the last few days of the 2017 General Election draw to a close, and many people are still unsure where to put their support, UKIP Candidate for Harlow – Mark Gough chose to highlight some of the unique items in the UKIP Manifesto.

Mark said “As this Election approaches on Thursday, the level of undeclared and undecided voters is still very high according to the polls. I suggest this is because the Manifestos of my opponents have been so strongly criticised, mainly for what they don’t say, rather than what they do say.”

Mark continued, “The Institute of Fiscal Studies have criticised the Conservatives for a lack of figures, and Labour for too many promises without explaining where the money is coming from – in short a financial black hole! The Liberal Democrats have gone back to their magic 1p on income tax yet again, and the Greens “minimum wage guarantee” was estimated by Andrew Neil to cost £80 billion alone back in 2015 – so heaven knows what that would be now.”

“When we have a National Deficit of £50 billion, and a National Debt £1.8 trillion, increasing at over £5,000 a second, meaning every new baby is born owing £26,500 then we need to sort out our priorities, and not make financial commitments we can’t afford and can’t keep. Increasing the National Debt beyond the 80% of GDP it is now it utterly irresponsible. The level of Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) projects alone amount to £56.6 billion across our public services!”

Mark went further, “This is why I am very proud to stand on an excellent UKIP 2017 Manifesto, building on the widely acclaimed 2015 Manifesto – which was fully costed and independently verified, and yet again is the ONLY Manifesto this Election which is tax neutral and does not require increasing the tax burden on hard working families. By taking decisions to reduce the Foreign Aid budget to 0.2% (same as the USA, and still more than Italy and Spain combined), scraping HS2, making use of funds we will not send to the EU after Brexit, and rebalancing the Barnett Formula we can make decisions to prioritise the services the People want.”

Mark went on the highlight some of UKIP’s main proposals:-

UKIP’s Six Brexit Tests

1 THE LEGAL TEST
Parliament must resume its supremacy of law-making without restriction. Britain must be completely free from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and we must be free, if we wish, to relinquish our membership of the European Court of Human Rights.

2 THE MIGRATION TEST
Britain must have full control of immigration and asylum policies, and border control. We must be not be bound by any freedom of movement obligation, and we must be free to set and meet our own annual migration targets.

3 THE MARITIME TEST
The UK’s full maritime sovereignty must be restored and we must have control of our maritime exclusive economic zone, which stretches 200 miles off the coast or to the half-way point between the UK and neighbouring countries. There must be no constraints on our fishing fleet other than those decided upon by the UK parliament.

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 entities or supra-national bodies. We must have full rights to set our own tariff and non-tariff barriers consistent with WTO rules, and we must have left both the EU single market and the customs union.

5 THE MONEY TEST 
We must not pay any ‘divorce’ payment to the EU, nor contribute to the EU budget. We must have been paid our share of financial assets from entities such as the European Investment Bank, in which some £9 billion of UK money is vested.

6 THE TIME TEST
Brexit must be done and dusted before the end of 2019.
Mark is the only Brexiteer on the ballot paper on June 8th, and the only one of the five Candidates who voted to Leave – like 68.1% of the people in Harlow.

UKIP’s priorities for the next Parliament are:-

Invest an extra £11 billion every year into the NHS and Social Care by the end of the next Parliament, raising caps on Medical School and Nurse Training places, and increasing funding for Mental Health and Dementia Care. This is higher than any other Party, and will help deliver the extra 10,000 GPs, 24,000 nurses and 3,500 midwives the NHS needs. We will scrap Hospital Parking charges.

Raise the threshold for paying income tax to £13,500, cut taxes for middle earners, abolish the TV licence and cut VAT on household energy bills – reducing the burden on hard working families and eventually saving £317 a year.
Scrap tuition fees for STEM University subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and for Medicine and Nursing.

Provide up to 100,000 new homes for younger people every year by making Locally Manufactured Factory-Built Modular Homes available. A typical two bedroom home would cost about £100,000 – making them easily affordable to those on the National Average wage of £26,000.

Maintain all pensioner benefits, the Triple lock on pensions, and protect disability and carer’s benefits
Spend a genuine two per cent of GDP on defence, plus £1 billion a year. Create a Veteran’s Administration to look after our heroes properly.

Fund 20,000 more Police Officers, 7,000 more Prison Officers, and 4,000 more Border Force Staff.
Cut Business Rates for the smallest businesses

Reducing net migration to zero over the Parliament. Introduce an Australian points based system for Immigration open to all Nationalities equally, and prioritising the skill sets the UK needs.

Abolishing the House of Lords, cutting the House of Commons in half from 650 to 325, and creating an English Parliament in the old House of Lords Chamber of 375 members – elected by proportional representation. These changes reduce the number of Politicians able to sit in the legislature from 1475 to 700, a reduction of 775!

Finally, Mark made four personal commitments, “Firstly, should I be lucky enough to receive the honour of becoming the MP for Harlow on Thursday, I will meet one-on-one with each of my four opponents in this election to ensure their good ideas can still be heard – no one Party has the monopoly on good policies. Secondly, I will commit to only claiming expenses for travel doing the job, staff and office essentials. Thirdly, I will double the excellent Apprenticeship example of our current MP and employ two in my office – alternating weekly between the Constituency Office and the Westminster Office. And finally, I believe being an MP is Public Service, not Self-Service and in keeping with that ideal and UKIP Policy, I will hold regular online polls and discussions so you, the public – and my boss – can get your opinions to me directly.”

So show your support for Mark, and let him support you. PUT YOUR MARK FOR MARK ON THURSDAY 8TH JUNE.

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