UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate Says Scilly Needs Transport Subsidies

graham calderwood ukipUKIP’s newly announced candidate for the St Ives and Scilly seat wants transport and freight subsidies for the islands. And he says pulling out of the EU won’t affect funding for major infrastructure projects.

Graham Calderwood was officially named as the party’s representative yesterday. He’s been a practising solicitor in Penzance for over forty years and used to make regular weekly trips to Scilly in the 70’s and 80’s to visit clients of the law firm Vivian, Thomas and Jervis.

Graham believes his party can make significant gains at the next general election, because people are “fed up” with the current three party politics.

And he’s looking to take votes from both the current Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George and prospective Tory MP Derek Thomas.

Graham says the biggest problem facing the islands is the transport situation, which he described as “pretty dire.” He feels there needs to be some form of subsidy to bring down the cost of travel and freight to the islands.

And he also wants the fuel tax rebate currently offered to remote areas like Scilly to be increased.

The islands have managed to secure large amounts of EU funding recently for infrastructure projects like the airport runway resurfacing and terminal refurbishment, the Porthcressa regeneration and the St Mary’s quay extension.

But Graham says we won’t be disadvantaged if the UK pulls out of Europe in the way his party wants. He says around £55m is paid to the EU every day and that money could be used by the UK government to help remote areas like Scilly.

He says the government should also be helping areas like ours before sending “vast sums” in foreign aid to often quite wealthy countries.

UKIP is well known for its tough line on immigration. Scilly has a high rate of employment and many tourism businesses rely on workers from EU countries, but Graham says he “can’t believe” there aren’t local people who could do those jobs just as well. He feels generous welfare payments encourage people not to work.

Graham also rejects allegations that his party is sexist, racist or homophobic. He says there are always “a few odd people” in any party but the press are anti-UKIP and tend to focus on them. Other parties have had MPs and Ministers resign after scandals, he says, and they often turn up back in government fairly quickly.

UKIP intend to hold a public meeting in Scilly on 16th April and Graham says they’re also planning an additional date.

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