We can't dismiss the Ukip threat - Labour's Thurrock candidate

Polly Billington

Polly Billington

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THURROCK'S prospective Labour MP has stressed the importance of not dismissing residents who vote Ukip as “racist”.

Polly Billington, the Labour candidate for Thurrock, has for the first time spoken of the threats Ukip pose to other parties in an article written for Labourlist last week.

Ms Billington highlighted the significance of understanding why people support the right-wing party.

Ms Billington wrote: “The people who are most likely to vote UKIP in my community have had a rough old time of it.

“They have seen secure jobs being replaced by agency work; decent pay and conditions disappear as relentless “restructuring” and “flexibility” eat into their ambitions for themselves and their families.”

However, Ms Billington added Ukip does not provide the best solutions for their problems.

She said: “UKIP’s politics of despair is based on a zero-sum games of jobs, public services and homes – where the country doesn’t just freeze but turns the clock back.”

Tim Aker, prospective Ukip MP for Thurrock, responded: “It is just desperate from Labour they have no argument left.

“In the article she did not mention anything about issues that worry residents such as immigration. All it was bothered about was spreading more lies about Ukip.”

During the May elections, Ukip gained five seats in Thurrock and won 39 per cent of the overall vote taking the balance of power from Labour to a council run on no overall control.

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8:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

woodsider says...

The rise in UKIP has to be attributed to all the things Polly Billington mentions; but greatly exacerbated by the previous Labour governments open door policy to all and sundry. This enabled all comers to come and work in London and settle in Sth Essex/Thurrock where accomodation is a lot cheaper. Thurrock was totally unprepared and saw a massive stretch on ita already impaired services and infrastructure - for which you can blame both the council and government of the day - both being Labout at the time. Tories aren't seen to be actively resolving the issue, hence the knee kerk reaction of people voting for UKIP.
The rise in UKIP has to be attributed to all the things Polly Billington mentions; but greatly exacerbated by the previous Labour governments open door policy to all and sundry. This enabled all comers to come and work in London and settle in Sth Essex/Thurrock where accomodation is a lot cheaper. Thurrock was totally unprepared and saw a massive stretch on ita already impaired services and infrastructure - for which you can blame both the council and government of the day - both being Labout at the time. Tories aren't seen to be actively resolving the issue, hence the knee kerk reaction of people voting for UKIP. woodsider
  • Score: 3

8:29am Wed 13 Aug 14

Bernard 87 says...

How on earth can Polly Billington talk about peoples worries without mentioning immigration or Europe.

She shows that Labour are still trapped in denial about their time in office when they flung open the doors of this country to the vast majority of the third world whilst making it difficult for people to remain here from Australia, New Zealand and the US. Clearly Polly doesnt think there is an immigration problem in this country or she is being ignorant and choosing to ignore it. A trip into Grays will refresh her memory.
How on earth can Polly Billington talk about peoples worries without mentioning immigration or Europe. She shows that Labour are still trapped in denial about their time in office when they flung open the doors of this country to the vast majority of the third world whilst making it difficult for people to remain here from Australia, New Zealand and the US. Clearly Polly doesnt think there is an immigration problem in this country or she is being ignorant and choosing to ignore it. A trip into Grays will refresh her memory. Bernard 87
  • Score: 58

9:06am Wed 13 Aug 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Polly it is your party's policies on immigration and Europe that has made people vote for UKIP. You ignore the negative effects that mass immigration has had on this country every time you open your mouth about UKIP and try to turn the argument into one that denigrates UKIP as some backward looking party that has no place in society.

It is your party that provides no answers to the problems that it created. Your party never will provide the answers because it has it's head stuck in the sand about the failures it's policies created and this country now has to find a solution to.

You and your party should be ashamed of it's past mistakes and should apologise profoundly to the British people, particularly the younger generation whose life chances you have seriously damaged.

You and your party should have no part in the future of this country as you have proven yourself to be incapable of accepting the total ineptitude with which you performed in government the last time you were let loose on this country. You have proven yourself to be utterly damaging to the future prospects of this country. Those that blindly follow you should prepare for a bleak future for themselves and their children if you ever get elected again.
Polly it is your party's policies on immigration and Europe that has made people vote for UKIP. You ignore the negative effects that mass immigration has had on this country every time you open your mouth about UKIP and try to turn the argument into one that denigrates UKIP as some backward looking party that has no place in society. It is your party that provides no answers to the problems that it created. Your party never will provide the answers because it has it's head stuck in the sand about the failures it's policies created and this country now has to find a solution to. You and your party should be ashamed of it's past mistakes and should apologise profoundly to the British people, particularly the younger generation whose life chances you have seriously damaged. You and your party should have no part in the future of this country as you have proven yourself to be incapable of accepting the total ineptitude with which you performed in government the last time you were let loose on this country. You have proven yourself to be utterly damaging to the future prospects of this country. Those that blindly follow you should prepare for a bleak future for themselves and their children if you ever get elected again. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 56

9:57am Wed 13 Aug 14

OckendonPaul says...

Labour won't apologize for what they've done because the situation we have now is exactly what they wanted - in that respect at least they're being honest.
When will the white British realize that Labour despises you?
Labour won't apologize for what they've done because the situation we have now is exactly what they wanted - in that respect at least they're being honest. When will the white British realize that Labour despises you? OckendonPaul
  • Score: 48

10:55am Wed 13 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

UKIP still remain a party with no logical policies.

Half our exports go to Europe, if we withdraw from Europe then imagine the tariffs our exports will be hit with. There is no way the UK exports would retain easy, free access to the EU if we refuse to be a member of the EU club.

So there goes half our economy. The Car industry has also said it would migrate to Turkey if the UK withdraws. So that means all of Manchester / Liverpool will not have jobs.

It will be an economic disaster to leave the EU - that is why the CBI is a strong supporter of EU membership.

UKIP voting supporters have been explored by the academics - it's support is from the elderly, the poor and the poorly educated...
UKIP still remain a party with no logical policies. Half our exports go to Europe, if we withdraw from Europe then imagine the tariffs our exports will be hit with. There is no way the UK exports would retain easy, free access to the EU if we refuse to be a member of the EU club. So there goes half our economy. The Car industry has also said it would migrate to Turkey if the UK withdraws. So that means all of Manchester / Liverpool will not have jobs. It will be an economic disaster to leave the EU - that is why the CBI is a strong supporter of EU membership. UKIP voting supporters have been explored by the academics - it's support is from the elderly, the poor and the poorly educated... Jack222
  • Score: -63

11:11am Wed 13 Aug 14

OckendonPaul says...

The CBI fatcats want an endless supply of cheap labour.
The EU exports far more to us than we do to it, so it would be mad to slap us with tariffs - and anyway is quite happy to import from outside it's borders already (i.e China) without crippling them with tariffs. They're not stupid.
The people of this country shouldn't be held to ransome by fatcat car company bosses - they'd move to Turkey at the drop of a hat anyway if it suited them.
Next!
The CBI fatcats want an endless supply of cheap labour. The EU exports far more to us than we do to it, so it would be mad to slap us with tariffs - and anyway is quite happy to import from outside it's borders already (i.e China) without crippling them with tariffs. They're not stupid. The people of this country shouldn't be held to ransome by fatcat car company bosses - they'd move to Turkey at the drop of a hat anyway if it suited them. Next! OckendonPaul
  • Score: 30

11:36am Wed 13 Aug 14

ebagumtrebor says...

We have a constant trade deficit with Europe. Turkey offer sweetners that this country cannot because of our EU membership to attract jobs there. 3 core EU members are now in deflation and Germany is close to going into recession. There is little growth in Europe and this is going to get worse when the Russian sanctions hit hard. This holds this country back. Presumably you think you are intellectually superior to people that vote UKIP. Obviously Labour sheep will vote for them regardless. A very intellectual basis for people choosing their voting preferences.
We have a constant trade deficit with Europe. Turkey offer sweetners that this country cannot because of our EU membership to attract jobs there. 3 core EU members are now in deflation and Germany is close to going into recession. There is little growth in Europe and this is going to get worse when the Russian sanctions hit hard. This holds this country back. Presumably you think you are intellectually superior to people that vote UKIP. Obviously Labour sheep will vote for them regardless. A very intellectual basis for people choosing their voting preferences. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 41

11:40am Wed 13 Aug 14

skinthegoat says...

Oh dear, Jack222. Perhaps some education should come your way.
Ever heard of the Rotterdam Effect? Or Antwerp Effect? When British exports pass through these , or any other EU port bound for ANY part of the world, they are recorded as import into the EU.
Of course, you probably didn't know, either, that the EU paid, yes, paid Fords to leave Southampton and move to Turkey, putting many people out of work. Thanks EU.
In the lead up to the EU elections several millions of euros were set aside to be paid to keyboard warriors to refute any anti-EU arguments.
Still getting paid?
I won't mention the minor matter of EU expansionism liable to touch off WW3. Where's Baroness Ashton High Representative for Security and Foreign Affairs of The European Union when we "need" her?
Oh dear, Jack222. Perhaps some education should come your way. Ever heard of the Rotterdam Effect? Or Antwerp Effect? When British exports pass through these , or any other EU port bound for ANY part of the world, they are recorded as import into the EU. Of course, you probably didn't know, either, that the EU paid, yes, paid Fords to leave Southampton and move to Turkey, putting many people out of work. Thanks EU. In the lead up to the EU elections several millions of euros were set aside to be paid to keyboard warriors to refute any anti-EU arguments. Still getting paid? I won't mention the minor matter of EU expansionism liable to touch off WW3. Where's Baroness Ashton High Representative for Security and Foreign Affairs of The European Union when we "need" her? skinthegoat
  • Score: 57

12:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Mick P says...

Ask anyone who is British what is there main worry,they will tell you its immigration,did you hear that
,labour,conservative
s,lib dems?when Joe public see or hear hospital waiting lists,jobs,benefit cuts,tax credits going straight to Poland etc,strain on our housing,it comes as no surprise that voters are moving to ukip,who can blame them,I am now a ukip voter,good luck ukip,I hope you go from strength to strength,oh yes almost forgot why are immigrants still trying to get to england ?????
Ask anyone who is British what is there main worry,they will tell you its immigration,did you hear that ,labour,conservative s,lib dems?when Joe public see or hear hospital waiting lists,jobs,benefit cuts,tax credits going straight to Poland etc,strain on our housing,it comes as no surprise that voters are moving to ukip,who can blame them,I am now a ukip voter,good luck ukip,I hope you go from strength to strength,oh yes almost forgot why are immigrants still trying to get to england ????? Mick P
  • Score: 48

2:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

skinthegoat says...

Polly Billington is a parachuted-in ex BBC luvvie. She and her class of champagne socialists despise white working/middle class males above all else. New Labour are now so far to the left that anything else is "right-wing".

Not only do I support UKIP and all of its policies, I am now a card carrying member. No amount of "bigot" and "racist" will stop me from proudly playing my part to stop the ethnic cleansing of the English race.
Polly Billington is a parachuted-in ex BBC luvvie. She and her class of champagne socialists despise white working/middle class males above all else. New Labour are now so far to the left that anything else is "right-wing". Not only do I support UKIP and all of its policies, I am now a card carrying member. No amount of "bigot" and "racist" will stop me from proudly playing my part to stop the ethnic cleansing of the English race. skinthegoat
  • Score: 50

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