The recently-formed Ribble Valley branch of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is optimistic about increasing its membership following encouraging results in this month’s borough and parish council elections.
Although they missed out on a borough council seat, UKIP candidates Steve Rush, Ron Loebell and Simon Kerins all polled well in their respective wards of Salthill, Edisford and Low Moor, and Billington and Old Langho. Each candidate also beat at least one representative from the three main political parties.
Steve Rush and Ron Loebell narrowly missed out on places on Clitheroe Town Council while Simon Kerins was one of four people elected unopposed to Billington and Old Langho Parish Council.
Mr Kerins, who is chairman of Ribble Valley UKIP, commented: “While it would have been wonderful for at least one of us to be voted onto the borough council, in no way can our performances be classed as a failure. Steve and Ron also came very close to gaining a seat on Clitheroe Town Council and I am looking forward to serving on Billington and Old Langho Parish Council.
“Ours is a new branch of a young party, set up in response to great demand and depth of feeling from local people. There are many different ways in which people can get involved with Ribble Valley UKIP, so I invite anyone interested to make contact so that we can build on our encouraging results and demonstrate that UKIP is far more than a ‘one-issue party’.
“As regards future local elections, we obviously need to be fielding many more than three candidates throughout the Ribble Valley. I very much hope, therefore, that those coming forward and joining our branch will include people willing to stand for UKIP in future elections.”
More information about Ribble Valley UKIP is available from Simon Kerins on 07758 105 177 or at firstname.lastname@example.org