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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:

@ Subtle new colour scheme Alan!
@Ed_Jennings
Ed Jennings
@ @ Clearly he changed it to purple as its my fav colour? Nothing political to see here! 😛
@LozEWright
Lauren Wright

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…

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