Today is polling day and people all across the country are voting in County Council elections, by-elections, and of course, the South Shields Parliamentary by-election where Richard Elvin is standing for UKIP. This morning I sent out the below e-mail to all our West Midlands UKIP candidates, I am now putting it on this blog as a means of passing on the same message and my good wishes to all our UKIP candidates across the whole country.
Dear UKIP Candidate,
Today is the day you have been working so hard for – it’s polling day and people are now voting. By the time you are reading this it is certain voters have placed their crosses on their ballot papers for you – what a nice feeling that is.
Some counts are being held tonight after the polls close at 10 pm, and many more tomorrow, Friday. This means we won’t have a full picture of how well we have done until later tomorrow, but rest assured, UKIP is going to do well in these elections despite all the nasty Tory tricks and some home goals by some of our UKIP candidates who turn on Facebook and Twitter and switch off their mental faculties at the same time.
The people have had enough of the other three political parties who have left a trail of broken promises and a financial mess that is going to take a mammoth task to clear up – no longer are they worried that voting for UKIP will split the vote and let the others in – they want a change and UKIP is it. As a UKIP candidate today you are serving those people just by having your name on the ballot paper, which in my eyes makes you a hero.
So thank you for standing up for the interests of the people, thank you for fighting the UKIP cause and thank you for all your dedication and hard work over the last few weeks – today is the day you will find out it was worth it.
Even if you don’t win where you are standing, just by being there you are helping to force through a change for the better in this country – without you UKIP would have no impact and without a large number of candidates UKIP would have been ignored and the people would have had no one decent to vote for – so you have played a vital role and it has been worth all you have done.
So, on behalf of me and, I am sure, everyone in UKIP – THANK YOU AGAIN. Good luck.
Regards, Derek Bennett.