Two myths about UKIP:
I thought it would be helpful to address potential voters directly about two issues for which UKIP frequently gets an unfair press, so that it these issues will not sway your voting intentions.
The first is the idea that UKIP intends to privatise the NHS: it certainly does not. UKIP remains committed to the principle of all NHS care remaining free at the point of delivery, and always based upon clinical need.
Secondly, voters might ask why I should be standing for a party that could be seen as 'racist.' I emphatically repudiate the misrepresentation propagated by the mainstream media that UKIP is a racist party. It is not. UKIP recognises the plurality and ethnic diversity of this country, but does believe we need a sensible approach and control over our own immigration and borders: this stance is not racist. It is a pragmatic recognition of UK services and infrastructure to be able to cope with the levels of demand placed on them. This is especially so in the current climate of increasing financial austerity and further cuts, and also vital as a means of safeguarding against the threat of terrorism.
Other mainstream political parties have been afraid of confronting the very real issues that UKIP has had the courage to address.
Why should you vote for me?
I was born in Hong Kong, a multicultural environment where every nationality and religion lived cheek by jowl without any problems; British father, German mother, Russian wife; lived in various countries, and have friends all over the world.
I am the antithesis of the 'career politician' and have come into politics after over 20 years experience working in the NHS within mental health services, as an Approved Mental Health Professional. I have been dedicated throughout my professional life to helping people who are frequently at the margins of our society.
It is my firm belief that as a prospective Kent County Councillor I should be advocating for your needs at all times, and that the constituents should be involved, consulted and participating in all decisions affecting the community, especially those with potentially long-lasting and far reaching consequences.
I am dedicated to transparency, integrity and honesty at all times and believe this should be fundamental at all times, in ensuring that the needs of constituents are always at the centre of decision-making. All decisions must always be reached with the above in mind.
I do not believe that the Lorry Park will ever solve operation stack; in fact, Highways England admitted that it wouldn't. Central Government insistence on this 250 acre white elephant is a national scandal. Moreover, the fact that Shepway District Council is supporting it is shameful.
The proposed Otterpool New Town is an exercise in venture capitalism, conceived by SDC for the purposes of building up their business interests and is entirely cash driven. If built, the 12,000 houses in addition to the already agreed total of 8000 would increase the Shepway population by 41%.
Given that there is no hospital envisaged in SDC planning, coupled with the local crisis in recruiting qualified doctors and nurses, the infrastructure for the proposed new town would be totally lacking. SDC's failure to consider these factors is scandalous.
Another development which flies in the face of common sense and does nothing to accommodate affordable housing is Princes Parade. The 150 properties affording sea views will be way beyond the reach of what local people can purchase, and is yet another example of SDC's rapacious money-driven policy making approach.
I will be totally dedicated to serving you and representing your needs to the best of my ability and would regard this as a real honour and privilege.
I hope that you will place your trust in me and that you will vote for me at the ballot box on May 4th, 2017.