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    Mordenman, of course things vary locally. I can only say in my locality the UKIP organisation has behaved impeccably & the party nationally has a very strong leave the EU. If Jean Claude Junker Is elected European Commission President, David Cameron will find it virtually impossible to renegotiate terms that are acceptable to the British electorate.

    On the home front, UKIP will be unveiling their 2015 manifesto at the National Conference in Doncaster - & there are sure to be some surprises & some excellent policies. Please don't write UKIP of as a bunch of extremists.......we are just a collection of ordinary folk who want common sense politics & return of British sovereignty.
    Kirk, I couldn't agree with you more about the failings of the EU. It is run by an unelected, unaccountable, permanent civil service who none of us could identify a single member. The elected representatives we send there seem to spend their time boarding either the gravy train or plane and achieve very little.

    But leaving Europe is not the answer, we need to insist on real reform and this can only happen from within. Put us on the margins and we will have no real power or influence.

    From what I understand of UKIP's domestic policy they are promising a grammar school in every town. This seems like a massive step backwards, Yes it will help a few, probably well connected families, but it won't help the majority. Like the EU we need to insist that local authorities and the Department for Education massively raise standards if we are to compete in Europe and the global economy."
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UKIP candidate Suzanne Evans to run for parliament in Shrewsbury

UKIP communities spokeswoman Suzanne Evans

UKIP communities spokeswoman Suzanne Evans

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Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Wimbledon

UKIP candidate, and recently deposed Hillside member Suzanne Evans will run for parliament in Shrewsbury following her defeat in Merton's council elections.

Ms Evans was elected as a Conservative councillor in Hillside ward in 2010, but defected to UKIP in May last year.

She lost her seat to Tory candidate Daniel Holden with 342 votes to his 1,269 in the elections on Thursday, May 22.

She said: "It's something that I was thinking about for a while once I defected to UKIP. Wimbledon may seem like an obvious seat but for me it wasn't.

"I didn't really expect to win Hillside back. I gave it my best shot."

The day after the elections, Ms Evans admitted on BBC Radio 4 that UKIP was failing to engage with the "more media-savvy, well-educated population in London."

The UKIP communities spokeswoman said she won't be leaving the borough for good though, and will hold on to her Wimbledon property.

She said: "I'm not leaving Merton completely. I already have a place in Shrewsbury because it's where I was brought up, it's my hometown but it absolutely makes sense to run for parliament here and it's a great place to be."

Ms Evans was born and raised in Shrewsbury before moving to London in 1990 to work as a researcher for BBC Radio.

She said she has no regrets about defecting to UKIP, which led to her nomination as UKIP communities spokeswoman and meeting her boyfriend, who is also a UKIP member.

Merton UKIP won no seats in this year's council elections, leaving Richard Hilton as the dominant spokesman in the borough.

She said: "Labour got a big majority. The Conservatives were never very good at tackling them. The people who really did hold Merton to account were me and Richard Hilton.

"He's fully supportive. He knows I'm not going away completely."

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