‘Disillusioned’ mayor crosses over to UKIP
Three main parties ‘not addressing the problems’
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.”