‘Dis­il­lu­sioned’ mayor crosses over to UKIP

Three main par­ties ‘not ad­dress­ing the prob­lems’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE MAYOR of Bea­cons­field has quit the Con­ser­va­tives and de­fected to UKIP af­ter be­com­ing dis­il­lu­sioned with the three main par­ties.

Steve Jones, pic­tured, has opted to leave the Con­ser­va­tive Party af­ter 14 years as a Bea­cons­field town coun­cil­lor and 12 as a dis­trict coun­cil­lor.

He an­nounced the de­ci­sion on Mon­day, April 20, and said: “It’s the same old thing with the three main par­ties.

“They are not ad­dress­ing the prob­lems of this coun­try. They just prom­ise to throw money at ev­ery­thing with­out mak­ing any at­tempt to re­duce the debt, cur­rently run­ning at £1.5 tril­lion.

“They won’t talk pub­licly about the real cause be­hind th­ese prob­lems, our membership of the Euro­pean Union.

“We can­not go on ab­sorb­ing mil­lions of peo­ple into this coun­try and then won­der why the NHS, our schools, our GPs and out roads are un­der in­or­di­nate strain.

“The green belt should be pro­tected not built on to cater for an ever in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion. The peo­ple on the doorstep know that, but the three main par­ties will not dis­cuss it.”

Mr Jones also added that he con­sid­ers Nigel Farage to be an hon­est politi­cian, and that he does not be­lieve that David Cameron will ever of­fer the Bri­tish peo­ple a ref­er­en­dum on EU membership.

He said: “We all know there will be no change to the found­ing prin­ci­ples of the EU in­clud­ing the free move­ment of peo­ples across the 28 coun­tries.”

Tim Scott, UKIP’s par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Bea­cons­field said: “I have known Steve for sev­eral years, and he has served Bea­cons­field well. We are de­lighted to wel­come him to UKIP and it will be a boost for our cam­paign.”

The news caused a stir on so­cial me­dia af­ter be­ing an­nounced on Mon­day. Deb­o­rah Wy­att, post­ing on Face­book, said: “That won’t go down well in Bea­cons­field,” while John Ager, who lives in the town emailed to give Mr Jones his back­ing.

He said: “It is very wel­come news that Steve Jones, Mayor of Bea­cons­field, af­ter many years as both a Tory town and dis­trict coun­cil­lor has de­cided to join UKIP,” adding: “UKIP is the only hon­est party, that spells out the facts and stands up for Bri­tain and the Bri­tish peo­ple.”

What do you think of Mr Jones’ de­ci­sion? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk. IN­DE­PEN­DENT and UKIP can­di­dates have struck a deal which they claim will boost the anti-HS2 cam­paign in the Chilterns.

In the Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil elec­tions, UKIP and in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates have agreed not to stand for the same seats, claim­ing they will be bet­ter at fight­ing HS2 be­cause the three main na­tional par­ties are in favour of the rail project.

This agree­ment has been struck in the Great Mis­senden and Lit­tle Mis­senden wards. UKIP Bucks county coun­cil­lor for Great Mis­senden, Alan Stevens, said: “It will mean that ev­ery ward in the area will have an anti-HS2 can­di­date that peo­ple can vote for. I would have thought that if there was no UKIP can­di­date then most of our sup­port­ers would go along with the In­de­pen­dents, it is prag­matic.”

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