Last night (or, more correctly this morning) when I arrived home from a rather interesting evening at the club, I had a letter waiting for me. Nothing unusual in that, per se, save for the sender, and it’s contents.
For, amongst all the literature you would expect upon being welcomed to a political party, was the card which confirmed my membership of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Regular visitors to my website had already noticed the rather suspect colour scheme when I changed from Conservative blue this week, and it did not take long for the innuendo to start flying on Twitter:
I left the Conservative Party feeling that it no longer represented me but knew, after months of soul-searching, that finding a political party which did represent me would not take much time.
I was looking for a party which believed, as I do, in leaving the European Union and ensuring British taxes were invested in Britain, whilst British laws were made in a British parliament.
I was looking for a party which believed, as I do, in supporting both Britain’s grammar schools and vocational education for those less academically-gifted.
I was looking for a party which believed, as I do, in making the tax system simpler and fairer and abolishing VAT.
I was looking for a party which believed, as I do, in cutting red tape for businesses and abolishing Employers’ National Insurance to encourage growth and employment.
I was looking for a party which believed, as I do, in supporting our Armed Services and making increased defence spending a priority.
And I was looking for a party which believed, as I do, in ending the smoking ban in allocated rooms in pubs and clubs to save the Great British Pub, whilst ensuring those seeking a clean drinking environment could still do so.
Crucially, I was looking for the UK Independence Party.
And so, shortly after informing my constituency chairman I was not seeking to renew my membership of the Conservative Party, I submitted my membership application to UKIP.
I am delighted to announce that I am now officially a member of the UK Independence Party, and will support and campaign for the Party with as much energy and enthusiasm as I did for the Conservatives, if not with more!
And, as I prepare to move forward with my new Party, I foresee some interesting times ahead…