UKIP candidate Suzanne Evans to run for parliament in Shrewsbury

UKIP communities spokeswoman Suzanne Evans

UKIP communities spokeswoman Suzanne Evans

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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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7:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kirk D says...

Suzanne Evans is a lovely, attractive lady & a real credit to UKIP - I wish we could clone her! I'm sure she would make a wonderful MP. I never tire of watching or listening to being interview. Good luck Suzanne in your election campaign next year...........I will certainly be following your story.

And good luck Roger Helmer in the By-election on Thursday in Newark.

Hasta la Victoria siempre UKIP!
Suzanne Evans is a lovely, attractive lady & a real credit to UKIP - I wish we could clone her! I'm sure she would make a wonderful MP. I never tire of watching or listening to being interview. Good luck Suzanne in your election campaign next year...........I will certainly be following your story. And good luck Roger Helmer in the By-election on Thursday in Newark. Hasta la Victoria siempre UKIP! Kirk D
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8:33pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Mordenman says...

Don't feel that you need to hang around Suzanne. The people of Merton have made it obvious what we think of you and your middle class racism.

Shropshire has for decades relied upon migrant labour to help with farming. They don't need the likes of you stirring up the pond life. I look forward to reading about your defeat in 2015
Don't feel that you need to hang around Suzanne. The people of Merton have made it obvious what we think of you and your middle class racism. Shropshire has for decades relied upon migrant labour to help with farming. They don't need the likes of you stirring up the pond life. I look forward to reading about your defeat in 2015 Mordenman
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10:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

alphabeti says...

Good riddance. Please take your little buddy Hilton with you. Thanks.
Good riddance. Please take your little buddy Hilton with you. Thanks. alphabeti
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10:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kirk D says...

That's not very nice.......what has she ever done to offend you? Please, don't quote that tired, overused excuse of 'racism' that is so lazily trotted out. Over 4 million people voted for UKIP last week............your false accusations have less effect each time they are so languidly served up!
Time to go back to her roots...............
make a change from living among the so called 'metropolitan elite'..........who think they not only own the moral high ground, but they know what is best for everyone else!
That's not very nice.......what has she ever done to offend you? Please, don't quote that tired, overused excuse of 'racism' that is so lazily trotted out. Over 4 million people voted for UKIP last week............your false accusations have less effect each time they are so languidly served up! Time to go back to her roots............... make a change from living among the so called 'metropolitan elite'..........who think they not only own the moral high ground, but they know what is best for everyone else! Kirk D
  • Score: 4

8:51am Tue 3 Jun 14

Mordenman says...

Kirk D wrote:
That's not very nice.......what has she ever done to offend you? Please, don't quote that tired, overused excuse of 'racism' that is so lazily trotted out. Over 4 million people voted for UKIP last week............your false accusations have less effect each time they are so languidly served up!
Time to go back to her roots...............

make a change from living among the so called 'metropolitan elite'..........who think they not only own the moral high ground, but they know what is best for everyone else!
No Kirk we are not a "metropolitan elite" the antics of the local party gave the people of Merton time to have a good look at UKIP and we didn't like what we saw.

Richard Hilton's putsch against Debbie Shears saw a respected and long serving councillor removed and his bullying of the teacher Jackie Schneider exposed just how uncomfortable UKIP is with free speech.

Suzanne Evan's petulant and disgraceful behaviour to our Mayor showed that she did not understand the honorary role of the mayorship.

That builder bloke, Andre something quickly exposed himself as an unreformed South African racist.

The other two whose names I've already forgotten were equally self serving but I understand that they have gone scurrying back to the conservative party.
[quote][p][bold]Kirk D[/bold] wrote: That's not very nice.......what has she ever done to offend you? Please, don't quote that tired, overused excuse of 'racism' that is so lazily trotted out. Over 4 million people voted for UKIP last week............your false accusations have less effect each time they are so languidly served up! Time to go back to her roots............... make a change from living among the so called 'metropolitan elite'..........who think they not only own the moral high ground, but they know what is best for everyone else![/p][/quote]No Kirk we are not a "metropolitan elite" the antics of the local party gave the people of Merton time to have a good look at UKIP and we didn't like what we saw. Richard Hilton's putsch against Debbie Shears saw a respected and long serving councillor removed and his bullying of the teacher Jackie Schneider exposed just how uncomfortable UKIP is with free speech. Suzanne Evan's petulant and disgraceful behaviour to our Mayor showed that she did not understand the honorary role of the mayorship. That builder bloke, Andre something quickly exposed himself as an unreformed South African racist. The other two whose names I've already forgotten were equally self serving but I understand that they have gone scurrying back to the conservative party. Mordenman
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9:17am Tue 3 Jun 14

Kirk D says...

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 message...........to 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.
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 message...........to 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 D
  • Score: 5

10:14am Tue 3 Jun 14

Mordenman says...

Kirk D wrote:
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 message...........to 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.
[quote][p][bold]Kirk D[/bold] wrote: 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 message...........to 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.[/p][/quote]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. Mordenman
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11:29am Tue 3 Jun 14

trasie says...

I live in the borough of Merton and if there had been a UKIP candidate I would have voted for them.
I live in the borough of Merton and if there had been a UKIP candidate I would have voted for them. trasie
  • Score: 3

12:08pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Kirk D says...

Mordenman, if Jean Claude Junker is elected European Commission President Dave Cameron will find it virtually impossible to renegotiate terms favourable to the British electorate. He is an arch federalist & would have a united states of Europe as his priority. The people of this country would never accept that and on that basis I hope he is elected - it will be the beginning of the end of our association with the European Empire.
Mordenman, if Jean Claude Junker is elected European Commission President Dave Cameron will find it virtually impossible to renegotiate terms favourable to the British electorate. He is an arch federalist & would have a united states of Europe as his priority. The people of this country would never accept that and on that basis I hope he is elected - it will be the beginning of the end of our association with the European Empire. Kirk D
  • Score: 3

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