Thursday 26th of February 2015By Patrick O'Flynn
UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Cambridge
A massive thank you to members and supporters who contributed to a great week's campaigning in Cambridge last week, both at the meeting at the Arbury Community Centre in King's Hedges ward and during the action day in Arbury ward itself.
Once again during the action day I spoke to several local residents who were delighted to see UKIP out and about in Cambridge. I felt the meeting the previous night was excellent too and UKIP proved how outward looking it is by inviting Cambridge blogger Richard Taylor to film the proceedings.
We are so in the groove now with our action days that I am wondering whether we are up to a new challenge - a Cambridge "mega day" involving leafleting two wards in one day. Since Abbey and East Chesterton wards adjoin and Peter Burkinshaw is so well established in the latter, these are the two wards I have in mind.
Already people are searching for a suitable rendezvous pub on the border between the two - so a landlord somewhere is going to have a busy lunchtime trade if the plan comes together. The third Saturday in March would appear to be a good date too but we will let you know in good time.
I shall be taking part in a hustings debate with all the other declared general election candidates at the Cambridge Union on Friday March 6 in the evening and am allowed to bring a few supporters so please get in touch with branch officials if you would be interested in coming along (most of the audience will be from the student population so I think it is fair to say it will be an "away" crowd but I am always up for that).
We are still searching for a candidate to stand in Abbey ward so again please get in touch with Martin Hale if you live or work in Cambridge, are a party member in good standing and would like to put your name forward.
Last May UKIP only had one candidate standing for Cambridge City Council, but this May we already have candidates lined up for Trumpington, Coleridge, Cherry Hinton, East Chesterton, Arbury, Queen Edith's and Newnham. Once we have filled the vacant berths in King's Hedges and Abbey all the target wards will be covered and we can then challenge ourselves with the extra target of putting forward a full slate of candidates which would represent an exceptional leap forward in one year.