Cllr Harriet Yeo is the Chairman of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee, Leader of the Labour Group on Ashford Borough Council and President of the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association trade union.
Most recently, Cllr Yeo stood as Labour’s candidate for the role of Kent Police & Crime Commissioner, coming third with 11.2% of the First Round votes.
Her daughter, 34 year old mother of one Angharad Yeo, inherited her mother’s political leanings, supporting the Labour Party and campaigning in elections since the age of 17.
That was, of course, until the recent Police & Crime Commissioner elections, when Angharad Yeo came to the conclusion that UKIP better represented her views:
The main parties are simply not listening when it comes to matters such as immigration. It may be somewhat a taboo subject but it is vital that we talk about it. It is especially valid in Ashford which has suffered from a huge influx of migrants as one of the first ports of call in the UK.
My daughter attends school in Ashford and I have benefited from maternity and healthcare in South Ashford. I have seen for myself the strain put on local services by the swelling population. It is not a question of race or creed, but of numbers. I am of Saudi origin, and it infuriates me when people paint those of us who believe immigration must be better controlled as in some way xenophobic.
I decided to join UKIP as I strongly believe that the two party system we have in the UK is not working. I was brought up in a Labour voting family and my mother still works for the party as Chair of the NEC. But I came to decide neither Labour nor the Conservatives really represent the people anymore. They have become unaccountable to their core voters, and important issues that really matter to hardworking taxpayers are ignored or brushed under the carpet.
I hope I prove that UKIP defectors are not all unhappy Tories. In fact the sort of policies UKIP promotes, from bringing back Grammar schools, to the added cost to energy bills of green policies, and of course, the pressure immigration is putting on jobs and services, are particularly pertinent to traditional Labour voters.
I must admit to falling into the “unhappy Tories” category, and will no doubt disagree with her on some issues of ideology and policy issues, but it is fantastic to see UKIP defections coming from across the party political spectrum and highlights exactly why UKIP are the only uniting political force in Britain which represents the British majority.