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Conservative Party over an olive branch to Labour Party to head off rebels wrecking motion over Gay Marriage

13242_188244684659921_1609709078_nConservative Party over an olive branch to Labour Party to head off rebels wrecking motion over Gay Marriage
Last night was very entertaining to see that the Conservatives actually offering an olive branch to Labour in return to help them save the bill. Lets not forget it was the Tories who introduced Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 caused the controversial addition of Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986 (affecting England, Wales and Scotland, but not Northern Ireland), enacted on 24 May 1988. The amendment stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.[1] It was repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland as one of the first pieces of legislation enacted by the new Scottish Parliament, and on 18 November 2003 in the rest of Great Britain by section 122 of the Local Government Act 2003.[2]

As it did not create a criminal offence, no prosecution was ever brought under this provision, but its existence caused many groups to close or limit their activities or self-censor. For example, a number of lesbian, gay and bisexual student support groups in schools and colleges across Britain were closed owing to fears by council legal staff that they could breach the Act.[3]

While going through Parliament, the amendment was constantly relabelled with a variety of clause numbers as other amendments were added to or deleted from the Bill, but by the final version of the Bill, which received Royal Assent, it had become Section 28. Section 28 is sometimes referred to as Clause 28 – in the United Kingdom, Acts of Parliament have sections, whereas in a Bill (which is put before Parliament to pass) those sections are called clauses.[4] Since the effect of the amendment was to insert a new section ‘2A’ into the previous Local Government Act, it was also sometimes referred to as Section 2A.

To save face from the rebels to introduce a wrecking motion senior members of the Conservatives approach Labour to save the bill by introducing an amendment to which the coalition had no choice in the matter. I am glad that the coalition saw sense and realized that they did not have the full support from their rebel backbenchers. So on this occasion Labour has held a double barrow shot gun over the Conservative Party for a change.

In another interesting twist Conservative HQ send out emails and letters to all its party activists to head off another revolt from leaving the Conservative Party to join UKIP see letter below


After the news this weekend, I wanted to write a personal note to members of our Party.

I’ve been a member of the Conservative Party for 25 years. Some time after I joined I became Chairman of my local branch and was one of the volunteers dedicated to getting Conservatives elected to the local council. Since then I have met thousands and thousands of party members. We’ve pounded pavements together, canvassed together and sat in make-shift campaign headquarters together, from village halls to front rooms. We have been together through good times and bad. This is more than a working relationship; it is a deep and lasting friendship.

Ours is a companionship underpinned by what we believe: that everyone should be able to get on in life if they’re willing to work hard; that we look after those who cannot help themselves; that it’s family and community and country that matter; that a dose of common sense is worth more than a ton of dry political theory; that Britain is a great and proud nation that can be greater still.

Above all, we Conservatives believe you change things not by criticising from your armchair but by getting out and doing. Across the country, at charity events and voluntary organisations, you will find people from our Party quietly doing their bit. Time and again, Conservative activists like you stand for duty, decency and civic pride.

That’s why I am proud to lead this party. I am proud of what you do. And I would never have around me those who sneered or thought otherwise. We are a team, from the parish council to the local association to Parliament, and I never forget it.

Does that mean we will agree on everything? Of course not. The Conservative Party has always been a broad church – one which contains different views and opinions – and we must remain so today. But there is also much we must do together. We can shout from the roof-tops about how far we’ve already come. The deficit has been cut by a third. We’ve seen 1.25 million new jobs created in our private sector. 24 million working people have had their income tax cut.

And we can be clear about where we are going, too. We are engaged in a great fight to rebalance our economy, to bring excellence back to our schools, to fix the welfare system. And yes, we have a policy on Europe that is right for our country. Amid all the debate, remember this: it is our Party that has committed to an in-out referendum on Europe by the end of 2017. Not Labour, not the Liberal Democrats, but the Conservatives who are committed to giving the British people their say.

So to those reading this, here is my message: there will always be criticism from the sidelines. But we must remember what this Party has always been about: acting in the national interest. Our task today is to clear up Labour’s mess and make Britain stand tall again.

We have a job to do for our country – and we must do it together.

David Cameron

Why has Conservative board fail to take action to investigate alleged remarks made by a senior aide which has led some Tory Councillors and activists decided to take their bat and ball over to UKIP which suggest to me that they rather join a right-wing party which many of us were not surprise.

Well not only have they shown that they join a party which has no policies in local government do they have anything on social housing, social care and health, street lighting, education, and highways. They only have one agenda get out of Europe and Immigration.

I support  the campaign group called Hope Not Hate which has been monitoring both  UKIP and BNP for sometime they have reach the conclusion that about UKIP see below:

UKIP have replaced the BNP as the party of choice for those disaffected voters wishing to register a protest vote at election time.

They are a right-wing, populist party who like to describe themselves as democratic and libertarian. Their main policy is withdrawal from the European Union, but immigration has become an all important factor, one that Nigel Farage and UKIP knows strikes a chord with the average voter on the doorstep.

But now it would appear that we all have to take them seriously. UKIP’s second place in the Eastleigh by-election is sending shockwaves through the British political establishment. Their 27% of the vote follows on from the 22% they polled in Rotherham and the 14.3% they received in Corby. In opinion polls they are battling for third place with the Liberal Democrats, with their popularity fluctuating between 9-12%.

Long dismissed as simply an anti-European Union protest party their political rivals are now gearing up to life with them for the foreseeable future.

Not racist?

Farage insists that UKIP is not an extremist organisation and says it is not racist to discuss immigration.

Of course, he is correct but for many of their supporters criticism of immigration often slips into outright racism.

In fact, at a local level, UKIP material is often far more extreme than that produced by the BNP. It is as if their anti-establishment and slightly quirky image in the media means their extremist and racist comments by local councillors and organisers are not held to the same scrutiny or outrage as would happen if a BNP activist said the same.

“The contrasting treatment of BNP leader Nick Griffin and UKIP leader Nigel Farage over the past decade provides an example of this effect in action,” says Rob Ford, from Manchester University.

“Griffin’s efforts to appeal to a more mainstream audience were hamstrung by his party’s legacy of fascism and violence, which lead the media, other politicians, and the electorate to treat him as a pariah. Farage, by contrast, has been able to raise similar contentious questions about immigration, Islam and identity in mainstream political forums such as Question Time without being attacked as a racist or a fascist thanks to his roots in a more legitimate tradition of ‘Eurosceptic politics.’

The racism and Islamophobia of its supporters is not hard to find. Abhijit Pandya, a UKIP parliamentary candidate, said on his website that Islam is “morally flawed and degenerate” and that he backed the controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders who has called Islam “a retarded ideology”.

The former UKIP leader Lord Pearson claimed that some of “our people were strangers in our own land” and that Muslims were “breeding ten times faster than us” Pearson also invited Wilders to screen the controversial film about radical Islam, Fitna, at the House of Lords.

In 2012, UKIP candidate Steve Moxon from Sheffield was stripped of his candidacy after writing on his blog that the Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik’s thesis on Islam and political correctness was accurate.

The chairman of London UKIP Paul Wiffen denounced Muslims as “nutters who want to kill us and put us under medieval Sharia law”.

UKIP’s former leader and founder of the party Alan Sked recently told The Huffington Post that the party he launched in 1993 has become “extraordinarily right wing” and is now devoted to creating a fuss, via Islam and immigrants”.

When asked if UKIP was xenophobic , Sked replied:  “It seems to be anti Islam and anti immigrant. If that adds up to xenophobic, then yes.”

UKIP is a member of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Union alongside a whole host of xenophobic parties and its Yorkshire and Humber MEP, Godfrey Bloom, ran the European Alliance for Freedom group alongside well-known far right politicians such as Marine Le Pen of the French National Front, Philip Claeys and Peter Kleist of Belgium’s Vlaams Belang and Kristina Morvai of the Hungarian far right party Jobbik.

In 2012, UKIP candidate Steve Moxon from Sheffield was stripped of his candidacy after writing on his blog that the Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik’s thesis on Islam and political correctness was accurate.

Another UKIP official to hit the headlines recently was Oxford UKIP chair Dr Julia Gasper. Last year Gasper compared the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, said the holy book was “fascist” and compared those who defend Islam to holocaust deniers.

Six months later Gasper resigned as Oxford UKIP leader after making homophobic comments where she branded gay rights a “lunatic’s charter” and claimed some homosexuals prefer sex with animals. Dr Gasper added:

“As for the links between homosexuality and paedophilia, there is so much evidence that even a full-length book could hardly do justice to the ­subject.”

Following the vote in Parliament on gay marriage, Olly Neville, leader of UKIP’s youth organisation, Young Independence,  was sacked after giving a radio interview claiming he supported gays having equal marriage rights. Richard Lowe, prospective parliamentary candidate for Chester was also forced to resign over the issue.

UKIP have a strict policy banning former BNP members from joining the party yet a former BNP candidate Andrew Eccles stood for UKIP in 2012 in Bury, Lancashire. Eccles was the BNP’s parliamentary candidate in the Hyndburn constituency in the General Election of 2010.

A clear space

One of the major factors for UKIP’s rapid rise is that they are operating with greater freedom on the right of British politics. The Conservatives are being restrained by the realities of governing and the compromises they are having to make as part of their coalition pact with the Liberal Democrats. Conversely, the electoral collapse of the BNP has left UKIP as the only actors on the right in British politics.

“UKIP now faces no competitor on the extreme right, leaving it free to recruit heavily from the 20% of the electorate who hold radical right views on a broad range of issues,” says Rob Ford. “In recent local elections some of UKIP’s strongest performances have come in areas where the BNP has recently collapsed, suggesting it is already reaping these benefits.”

Here to stay

UKIP are here to stay and we all need to start getting used to that and prepare accordingly. In May UKIP leader Nigel Farage is boasting that the party will stand 2,000 candidates in the county council elections. In June 2014 they could well top the poll in the European Elections. Coming just six months after Romanians and Bulgarians are given the right to work in the UK and just 11 months before a general election, this will send shockwaves through the Conservative Party who are increasingly worried that UKIP could prevent them winning the general election.

While UKIP will probably struggle to make gains in the 2015 General Elections, when our electoral system and the focus on who runs the Government makes it a two-horse race, their success between now and then is likely to shift the centre of political gravity to the right.

Britain finally has the type of anti-immigrant, anti-EU and anti-establishment party that many other countries across Western and Northern Europe has grown accustomed to over the past 10-15 years. And while UKIP is not a far right or fascist party many of its members and supporters hold views little different from those held by the BNP and it is for this reason the party should be monitored and opposed.

The racism crisis surrounding Nigel Farage’s UKIP Party deepens as our investigation exposes yet another UKIP racist.

Alan Jesson the newly elected UKIP County Councillor for Spalding South posted a series of vile posts earlier this year on the social networking site Facebook.

Spouting xenophobic abuse towards a Polish woman Jesson writes “what u gonna do when we pull out of the EU and repatriated [sic] you and your friends to give full employment to British workers.”

He continues “Fuck off we don’t need you sweetheart we get along just fine without you”.

Using an extract from the well-known Martin Luther King speech Jesson writes “I have a dream, as each day passes I hope and pray that one day soon Britain will be free of the corrupt EU and a day when the migrants are persuaded or forced to return to their countries of birth.”

Jesson quotes wildly exaggerated figures on future immigration, commenting on an article referring to Romanian and Bulgarian immigration “Just there’s 14 million more coming”.

In a series of other disgusting posts he writes of “how true it is that the biggest threat to the UK way of life was Islam and its followers”. “Mosques need banning until they adopt sexual equality and gay relationships and conform to British culture” he writes in a comment from January.

In November 2012 he wrote ” No Mosques should be entertained in this country. Islam is anti Gay [sic] and anti women [sic] . It can never be part of English culture.”

His apparent ‘concern’ for gay rights is merely a façade for his thinly veiled hatred; Alan Jesson also harbours homophobic sentiments. In a repulsive comment from February he claims “Gay people have no rights to marry in church as God does not recognise this action. It would just be a farce. Just because a growing number of people have had it with the Gay community doesn’t make them frightened of Gays in fact I believe most gays are indeed Hetrophobic.”

Demanding vigilante patrols, Jesson writes “Spalding needs a night-time voluntary civil protection patrol”. Unsurprisingly he also has some extra-tough views on crime, “4pm the river Welland Spalding most days the bit that runs through the town come see the EE s fishing for their tea. I’m going to start pushing them in and then the Police might take a bit of notice of these thieves”.

Ominously and in what seems to be a reference to Enoch Powell, he writes “I really do think soon there will be rivers of blood”.

The newly elected UKIP councillors on Lincolnshire County Council appear to be blighted with hatred and bigotry, but we seriously doubt Nigel Farage and UKIP will take any action.

A leading member of UKIP has appeared in court accused of breaching an injunction obtained by his ex-wife.

Piers Wauchope a Tunbridge Wells borough councillor and member of UKIP’s National Executive Committee pleaded not guilty at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Monday to a charge of breaching a non-molestation order.

Wauchope, UKIP’s failed Police Commissioner candidate for Kent was charged after allegedly damaging a number of doors at the home of his estranged wife, after he went to pick up some of his possessions in January.

Patricia Wauchope Shaw obtained the injunction against her ex-husband in August 2012 after they originally separated.

Wauchope told the court he believed he had not broken the injunction but admitted to police that he was in the house and had caused the damage. His defence has asked for the case to be committed to the crown court for trial at a later date.

The case was adjourned with Wauchope currently on conditional bail.