A “total lack of democracy” on the proposed King’s Lynn incinerator, wind farms and coastline defences are among the UK Independence Party’s (Ukip) election campaign issues.

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All 84 seats at Norfolk County Council will be up for grabs on Thursday, May 2, with Ukip previously having held one during the last Conservative-led administration.

But the party is fielding 72 candidates for the upcoming county-wide ballot and hopes to secure a bigger presence at County Hall. Ukip’s “local manifesto 2013” includes the tagline “open door immigration is crippling local services in the UK” although it includes no direct reference to any local authority area, including Norfolk.

The general themes include investing in youth services, improving road maintenance, holding referenda on major planning decisions, moving government closer to the people and reducing tax and business costs.

But Michael Baker, Ukip candidate in Holt, said the party is concentrating on Norfolk issues, including the county council’s plans for a near-£600m incinerator at Saddlebow.

He said: “The major situations are the total lack of democracy on the incinerator; the total lack of democracy on the wind farm front, particularly the Bodham one which the committee at the district council [North Norfolk] voted unanimously against and an inspector from London says ‘sorry chaps, you will have it anyway’; and the other one causing problems in north Norfolk is the coastline. We are concerned by decisions not to defend parts of it and the failure to take into account the people affected.”

Of Ukip’s number of candidates, Mr Baker said: “This is major. We are covering 80pc of the seats, certainly north Norfolk and Broadland we are 100pc and we are expecting to be a significant opposition presence in the chamber.

“The response has far exceeded what I expected. The opinion expressed to me is we are fed-up with David Cameron and the Conservatives, we don’t see a replacement for Cameron in the Conservatives and all three parties – Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat – they all have relatively similar policies as they are hamstrung by being members of the political union and there’s very little they can do.”

Norfolk County Council has been controlled by the Conservatives, with Bill Borrett as leader in recent weeks.

38 comments

  • Dickens you can moan and complian about MPs and anti's all you like but its the last four years that have been the problem. Its been full of bullying and under handedness and weak councillors, infact officers have run county as councillors were unable to. CCHQ are far from happy of the goings on's and ALL of the last cabinet should be thrown out of the part for there antics

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    Sweet cheeks

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

  • Tories are finished it seems. Now Bellingham is on side with the lefty campaigners it looks like a cert.

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    Inactive account

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • I visited the public inquiry at the Corn Exchange. There was a gentleman name of Paul Morgan from my neck of the woods North East that spoke in support of the incinerator. He gave the impression he was not conversant with this application but spoke with passion as though his life depended on the burner getting built at all costs. He spoke with passion like Jeffrey Reed at the inquiry and Bill Daw’s in the Lynn News but he also had not supported the application when they were given the opportunity to do so. http:norfolk.jdi-consult.netmajordevelopmentsviewreps.php?action=submitsearch&docid=21&docelemid=2508 Paul Morgan mentioned incinerators are safe but he would have known about toxic ash at Byker Grove North East http:www.newcastleallotments.co.ukWorking%20Grouphistory.html “But any hopes that a period of stability had set in by the late 1990s were to be denied with what can be claimed to be the worst scandal concerning allotments in Britain in the course of the century. In September 1999 the City Council stated that 2,000 tons of ash from the Byker waste incinerator had been used on footpaths at 44 sites, including 28 allotment sites, across Newcastle. Tests from the sites showed raised levels of contamination in the ash, and the consumption of eggs and produce from 22 sites was prohibited51. In 2002 the Council and the incinerator operator were both fined for breaking environmental protection laws. However, steps were quickly taken to remove the contaminated material and to provide advice and reassurance to allotment holders"

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    Interpol

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Farage can smell an election opportunity like a dog can a bone. He has been told that the Tories own Member of Parliament has ruined their chances by bad mouthing them at the Incinerator Inquiry and he will grab at that with both hands.

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    Dickens

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • It's ironic that these people are, on the one hand, against measures to tackle climate change and, on the other, want to waste money on sea defenses. Given their standing in the political spectrum I'm reminded of a little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke (or deckchair painting).

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    Thoreauwasright

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • While I don't really buy the anti-brigade's argument that the Tories will disappear, it does seem somewhat disingenuous to hope that UKIP will replace them. I mean what on earth do these people actually stand for? It's all very well moaning about planning matters (which are legal, and not political, although I accept that most of the complainers on here refused to see this distinction a long time ago) but what on earth will they do with Children's Services?

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    Peter J

    Friday, April 26, 2013

  • Puffed up public servants such as Daubney & Long have always been easy and gullible targets for wised up businessmen with an eye on the main chance. History is littered with examples of smart money makers telling elected fools how they can make their dreams come true if they just try them out with a nice juicy government contract. It almost always ends in tears with the businessmen strolling off into the sunset with a very large wad of tax payers money and the elected becoming swiftly unelected when their political idiocy is revealed.

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    Dickens

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

  • So hard to choose which kind of spiv you want. One in a plain suit or one in a pinstripe suit.

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    Steve Delagrange

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • It seems that just one multi screen name anti incinerator loser, along with its chums, has put the Tory Party out of office, with the help of Henry Bellingham, who was conned by a hard left conspiracy. Farage will cash in on a mess created by a bunch of embittered buffoons. KLWINs entire campaign has been ruined by just one or two loose cannons that it failed to control from the start.

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    Dickens

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Why don't you two just take it outside and sort it out?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • The loony right. I see yet another of their closet racist candidates has had to be removed after expressing anti-semitic ( which she could not even spell ) nonsense and barking mad conspiracy theories

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

  • I can never understand why lots of farmers like UKIP, given the amount of subsidy they've been getting from Europe it seems like turkeys voting for Christmas.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • You've got my vote - I'm fed up with all the major parties trying to occupy the same middle ground. They all have policies governed by popularity contests & opinion polls , we need a lurch to the right to sort this country out , not wishy-washy fiddle-down-the-middle inaffectiveness trying hard not to offend anyone.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Electra - they are attracting disaffected tories using the same approach as tory candidates, who are largely anonymous and rely on a mindlessly loyal party following, just in case anyone was wondering why we end up with so many dreadful people running tory controlled councils. DM, BB, Jordan, Steward, Thomas, need I go on?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • I dislike UKIP intensely but I shall probably vote for them as I like the others even less.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Ah but this is from Michael Baker who was suspended from the district council for letting his interests get in the way of planning applications. There's usually a lack of democracy when interests are involved.

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Bellingham smashed the Tories by accusing them of all sorts at the Inquiry and now UKIP and the left will cash in on his foolhardy speeches. Bellingham's Incinerator will put the Tory group out of office.

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    John Fisher

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • It is pitiful that own goal scorer Fens.cr.a.p. trips over the clown sized boots and falls into a muddle puddle once again. The anti incinerator joker continues to mess up and ruin the very last chances of the anti campaign. Who on earth could give support to rabble such as this ? The sports pages are at the back - stick to what you know.

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    Dickens

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • UKIP is a party that is led by its dogmatic leader and its own poor policy framework. They are not Independent and I have not heard of seen the UKIP candidate in Henstead, nor has he been spotted in the pub or anywhere else. Are they just paper candidates?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • The Tories had their chance to throw this burner out but they refused to do that. Mike Jackson NCC sits with John Bolden of Wheelabrator pals in agony. We will remember the councillors who got caught up in a campaign against West Norfolk their ego trip was more important than working for their constituents. Vote Tory you would be voting for Tory Wheelabrator waste incinerators to be built across Norfolk. 65.516 people said NO to the Cancer Factories. Borrett has more waste incinerators up his sleeve you cannot trust the Tories. Vote them out.

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    Jack

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • I must agree with the earlier comment about the Conservatives being in an untenable position now especially with MP Henry Bellingham making a special trip to meet with the Sec of State himself in order to block his party from moving forward with this project. I think they call it being 'brave' in politics.

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    Stanley T

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • Exactly Jack, about time too. The great thing is the same old saddo on here that keeps signing in under different names in his pursuit of Bellingham Bashing is pushing people into the hands of the Independents in their droves - talk about slipping on a banana skin and sliding into a custard pie!! What an own goal!

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • UKIP.....local democracy??? Please u must be 'avin' a larf! They r a 2 policy party of the extreme right and have no interest in us locals apart from securing our vote!!

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • And what does Michael Baker know about the incinerator - how many sessions of the enquiry has he attended?

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • what we call democracy is a joke .Only proportional representatation is true democracy and the libdems could have got that out of the tories but messed up

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    milecross

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • *sigh* Have you attended any sessions D.ick,ens? No. Have you spoken to anyone who attended the sessions? No. Have you bothered to actually research what you're saying? No. All you've done is click the link on the Inquiry website and look at the running order before embarking on your usual mission of mischief both here and under your many aliases on the LN website. You are the man of inaction. The man of smoke. You have no substance and your sense of self-importance is waning by the day. The best thing about the local elections and the end of the Inquiry is that you will lose your platform and sink once more into the swamp you inhabit. But not before you wipe out the Tories with your comments on here..... now shush and pay your Council Tax like a good boy so we can pay this company to be on their merry way.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • I am fed up listening to people moaning about the conservative party it is the Norfolk people that matter, Henry Bellingham gave his party a good kick up the backside so what. What about the treatment of the general public by Murphy Borrett Jordan & Co these are the people who have sunk the Tory Party. If a conservative leaflet arrives on my doorstep it will go straight in the bin who in their right mind would support this bunch at county hall.

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    Jack

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Don't be so hard on yourself D.ick.ens! (I assume you're referring to yourself when talking about 'embittered buffoons'?) Bon voyage to our Tory chums at County Hall - the people of Norfolk won't miss you at all; should have listened when you had the chance instead of letting a lone piper lure you out of your respective baskets before he was unceremoniously dethroned.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • UKIP rarely does well because the candidates have to pay for their own campaign costs. That aside they do have chances and will help split the vote putting the conservatives out of power. I was amazed at conservative MP Bellingham saying such terrible things about his own party just days before an election. That one is a mystery but whatever his reasons he has dealt a huge blow to his party.

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    Magwitch

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • I would have been prepared to have voted UKIP as I don't see any other party prepared to tackle immigration and withdrawing from Europe as they are. However, many other areas of policy appear muddled or not specific enough to allow me to make a judgement on where they really stand. Indeed, their attitude towards any form of renewable energy and their apparent liking for nuclear power are positively frightening. As for the other parties? Does anyone really feel that anything they say or do can be trusted?

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    Douglas McCoy

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Roll on election day the cabinet members at County Hall have let Norfolk down you can't ignore 65.516 people and think you will come out smelling of roses. You could have worked with West Norfolk Council but you did not want to do that. Give back the tax-payers money that you live off.

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    Jack

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

  • Planning at county hall are you having a laugh. The whole way the waste incinerator was pushed on innocent families in King's Lynn is a disgrace. NCC cabinet members pre determined the outcome from day one. Every meeting was fixed and councillors across every party in Norfolk was excluded from having their say. Everything was done behind closed doors. There was no full council debate on a matter that affects the whole of Norfolk. Every opposition party and every MP across Norfolk against this waste incinerator. Every decent candidate standing across every party has a chance. The ones that ignored their constituents are on the scrape heap.Bill Borret and his cabinet are a waste of taxpyers money we need a new leadership they have lost our trust. 65.516 people will not be ignored.

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    Jack

    Friday, April 26, 2013

  • The closing submissions from the anti brigade should be good for a laugh. They appear to have legal representation although one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. In all this time just about every opportunity that came their way has been fumbled and lost. The campaign itself was a hopeless shambles. They have fallen short at every hurdle and made the wrong call in asking for a Public Inquiry. Having been given the opportunity they have wasted everyone’s time. The legal representation has been abysmal and the evidence given has relied almost entirely on sob stories, shouting and insults. Nothing has come forward as yet in the shape of an argument based around the framework of planning law but they may surprise us all yet in the final submissions. Doubt it though. What an unmitigated shambles.

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    Dickens

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • The Tories had their chance to throw this burner out but they refused to do that. Mike Jackson NCC sits with John Bolden of Wheelabrator pals in agony. We will remember the councillors who got caught up in a campaign against West Norfolk their ego trip was more important than working for their constituents. Vote Tory you would be voting for Tory Wheelabrator waste incinerators to be built across Norfolk. 65.516 people said NO to the Cancer Factories. Bill Borrett has more waste incinerators up his sleeve you cannot trust the Tories. Vote them out. Foodbanks on the increase and NCC want to give our money to a dirty stinking waste incinerator company Wheelabrator. Goodbye Tories you have had your day.

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    Jack

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • Infamous own goal scorer Fens.cr.a.p. dons a red nose and baggy yellow suit once more as it stumbles into another lamp post with a bucket stuck to its foot. The anti campaigns biggest enemy has banged the final nails into the box and again uses insult and anger in an attempt to win a planning argument. No wonder the campaign was such an abysmal failure with a clown like this on board. What was the name of that flying elephant in the Disney film you remind me of ? Keep it coming.

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    Dickens

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • Dickens you can moan and complian about MPs and anti's all you like but its the last four years that have been the problem. Its been full of bullying and under handedness and weak councillors, infact officers have run county as councillors were unable to. CCHQ are far from happy of the goings on's and ALL of the last cabinet should be thrown out of the part for there antics

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    Sweet cheeks

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

  • To be fair it was the Conservatives who moved heaven and earth to get us the incinerator, we should be grateful for that.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Has anyone spotted any of these shy creatures? I have asked chums all over Norfolk to email me if they see one or even get a leaflet pushed through their door. We are all still waiting. I don't think people are going to be impressed with names just being put on lists in order to suck up the recent popularity that UKIP has had elsewhere. You have to actually work guys and gals. Get that shoe leather burning. And you dont have to vote for another party Col Horseposture - if you are lucky enough to have an Independent in your area there's your answer. No-one stands as an independent unless they really care about their own community. Tally ho.

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    Electra

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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