First, please read this letter from David Challice, UKIP Head Office:
Now that UKIP is back on track, having dealt with the upset of the Henry Bolton Affair (no pun intended), we are busy getting on with the things that political parties do: fighting elections, fielding candidates, giving people the chance of voting UKIP on the ballot paper.
In the local elections, despite the biased spin from the BBC, we got an average of 7% in the seats where we stood; the only accurate way of judging our performance. If you listened to the BBC “machine” you’d be forgiven for thinking we got only 1.8% of the vote. But then… that’s the BBC for you.
Our next job is to recruit more members and grow the Party membership from its current 20,000 or so. One way of doing this is to phone ex-members dating back to the 2016 Referendum. These are people who let their membership lapse for whatever reason. Perhaps they thought “We’ve got Brexit. Mrs May will deliver it, and UKIP’s done its job.”
But that is wrong thinking. Even if UKIP was solely about Brexit, we haven’t got it yet and it is quite possible that events will mean we do not leave the EU in March 2019.
We face an unholy alliance of The Lords, most Opposition MPs, rebel Tory MPs, the EU Commission, and all the hundreds of MEPs in Brussels (each of whom have a veto on the final deal); not forgetting the 27 EU nations who all need to agree on the final deal… and the chances of that happening are about as likely as being overtaken on the M25 by Lord Lucan astride Shergar.
In short, Brexit is in peril and could very easily be overturned. It’s not a done deal. A strong UKIP is needed more than ever, so we need you to come to Head Office in Newton Abbot and make ‘phone calls to lapsed members.
This is not cold-calling. Those you will be contacting are former members so are certainly anti-EU. Obviously, it doesn’t follow that they will all renew their membership. Many of them won’t, for a myriad of reasons. But a decent percentage of them will, if approached in the right way.
Please see the film footage of volunteers and staff manning the phones, to give you a flavour of what’s involved. We’ll provide lunch from the sandwich van and reimburse any fuel costs, so you needn’t be out of pocket. If you’d like to give it a try, please get in touch and we’ll book you in.
It’s also a chance for Party members to get a taste of what actually happens at Head Office rather than reading a whole lot of uninformed gossip from people who don’t know what they are talking about and should not be spreading it in the first place.
The Head Office phone number is 01626 830630 and email is: firstname.lastname@example.org If you’re using Sat-Nav the correct postcode is: TQ12 6UT.
This is an ongoing process, rolling into the future. It is not affected by the new data protection rules because we are contacting people about their actual membership which is permitted under GDPR rules.
We look forward to hearing from you.
David Challice, UKIP Head Office
Here is the video mentioned by David, produced by Brian Cooke, with words from Richard Ford, RO South West Region: