Confident UKIP brings its MEP to North Devon

THE UK Independence Party is to mark its achievement in topping the poll in both North Devon and Torridge in the European elections with a special open meeting enabling voters to Meet Your MEP." South West MEP Trevor Colman will attend the meeting, to b

THE UK Independence Party is to mark its achievement in topping the poll in both North Devon and Torridge in the European elections with a special open meeting enabling voters to "Meet Your MEP."South West MEP Trevor Colman will attend the meeting, to be held at The Barnstaple Hotel on Friday, June 26 at 7.30pm. The anti-EU party came first in North Devon, Torridge, Torbay and Plymouth constituencies on the way to achieving second place behind the Conservatives in the South West region. In North Devon, the party gained 9,274 votes (30 per cent of the vote) and doubled its previous lead over the Conservatives to more than 1,200. In Torridge, it also topped the poll for the second time, with 31 per cent of the vote.As a result, existing MEP Trevor Colman was joined by new MEP William, Earl of Dartmouth as two of the South West's six representatives in Brussels and Strasbourg. The UKIP MEPs are committed to spending the next five years working for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, replacing political membership with co-operation and free trade agreements.Responding to the party's No 1 position, UKIP branch chairman Chris Cope thanked North Devon electors for expressing their opposition to the UK's continuing membership of the EU, and warned that their views should not be ignored by the three main parties in Westminster."This result should not be written off simply as a reaction to the Westminster expenses scandal. The people of this area have consistently shown that they distrust the EU and do not want to be ruled by it. UKIP candidates in the County Council elections also took between 17 per cnt and 22 per cent of the vote in North Devon districts, and up to 26 per cent in Torridge. "The MPs' expenses scandal and our membership of the European super-state are two horses from the same stable: the systematic hood-winking of the British people by our political leaders for a generation. We must now be given the referendum on continuing EU integration that all three main parties promised us at the last General Election."UKIP's 'Meet Your MEP' event is intended to be the start of a series of such meetings to be held by the party in North Devon during the five-year term of the European Parliament, to ensure that members of the public can get to know their MEPs better and keep in touch with what they're doing."The European Union is now creating more than 75 per cent of our laws, but remains extremely remote from its electors. We want to make sure that North Devonians know who their UKIP MEPs are, and how they're representing our interests", said Mr Cope.All UKIP MEPs will now be publishing their expenses online so that voters can see that they are providing value for the public's money, he added.

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