UKIP plans major onslaught on Slough
UKIP is planning a major onslaught on Slough in the Local Elections in May. UKIP Slough’s chair Ken Wight says he wants to “seriously contest every ward if possible” in May, when all 42 seats are up for grabs.
Ken Wight, chairman of the local branch of UKIP, made the statement on the party’s website ahead of their branch meeting last yesterday, along with a call to arms for people to step forward as candidates:
I want all new or existing members in Slough, who would like to be prospective council candidates in the local elections next year, to come forward for consideration.
Mr Wight, born and bred in Slough, took over as chairman in 2012. He spent his early years working in the Slough Trading Estate.
UKIP took 150 council seats across the country in the Local Elections in May this year, and says it is set to do even better in 2014.
Mr Wight said yesterday in a statement on the UKIP website:
We want to seriously contest every ward if possible, and hopefully win some; that will put us in good stead for the General election in 2015.
This week’s Slough Observer reports that campaign leaflets and DVDs will be delivered in Britwell, Chalvey, Wexham, Upton Lea and Foxborough. The party stood a candidate in every ward at the 2012 local elections and although it did not win a seat the party picked up 2,792 votes.
The party has candidates so far for 9 out of the 42 seats available, including Keith Franklin for Colnbrook with Poyle. Keith last stood in the Colnbrook Parish Council by-election in 2011, gaining 19.1% of the vote. However turnout was incredibly poor in the contest which saw Labour’s Avtar Cheea win the vacated seat: just 607 valid votes were cast.
Slough UKIP team delivers 30,000 leaflets and DVDs to homes – Slough Observer