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Patrick O'Flynn's Blog

Thursday 19th of March 2015

Patrick O'FlynnBy Patrick O'Flynn
UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Cambridge

I don't know about you, but I have had a rotten cold for almost two weeks now - I came down with it on the day of the Cambridge Union hustings. My voice just about stood up to the huge round of interviews I did responding to the Budget as UKIP's economic spokesman this week.

But I write this shortly before setting off to do a public meeting in Clacton with Douglas Carswell, so I don't know how it will bear up to that.

A lot of people I know both inside and outside of UKIP have been similarly afflicted - some of them have even held me responsible for passing on the nasty bug!

So I guess this is the toughest moment of the election campaign in Cambridge to date. Many of us are feeling below par, it is still pretty chilly outside and yet we have our most ambitious action day yet looming on Saturday.

We have prepared leaflets not for one ward but two - both East Chesterton and Abbey.

I will be really grateful for anyone who can gird themselves into action for this mega day on Saturday and help us distribute 5,000 leaflets in each ward, extolling the virtues of our excellent council candidates Peter Burkinshaw and Geraldine O'Brien and of course, yours truly as parliamentary candidate.

I believe we now have city council candidates for Arbury, East Chesterton, Abbey, Coleridge, Cherry Hinton, Trumpington, Queen Edith's and Newnham. Of our target wards only King's Hedges remains to be filled. That is an excellent effort by the whole branch and will make election night that much more exciting for us all.

Anyhow, I hope to see you on Saturday - walking wounded are welcome as well as you lucky ones who never seem to get laid low by colds and flu. They do say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. So let's keep marching on to the summit.

UKIP's O'Flynn "drew gasps" when telling Cambridge Uni students that they were not his priority!

Speaking to the largely student audience at the Cambridge Union last Friday, UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn drew gasps when he announced they were not his priority, saying, "I don't suppose I will win a single vote among young people here, but there must be priority to young people with connection to an area."

Addressing tuition fees, he said: "Our party has a policy of abolishing tuition fees for home students, but only in the STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) subjects. Those are the skills that Britain most desperately needs."

He also called on the university to pay its lowest-paid staff the living wage.

Full story on the Cambridge News

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