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Thank you for visiting the pages of UKIP Great Yarmouth Association’s new website. I hope you will find it both interesting and informative.


Our Association is a locally based group which supports and promotes the aims and objectives of UKIP nationally at the same time as representing the people of Great Yarmouth at local and county level.


The Association is run by volunteers and supported by ordinary members of our community who believe that there are alternatives to the existing political establishment and what they stand for. You may well hold those same views.


If you would like to find out more about getting involved with UKIP-GY, please use the contact details on the contact page to contact us, or the contact details on the Councillors page to contact your elected UKIP representatives at Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council.


Best regards


Peter Fitzgerald

Chairman



How we Work


Although UKIP Great Yarmouth differs from other political parties in many ways, the issue of democratic election of its Councillors, Councillor group members and branch officers is fundamental to its operation. Annually members of the Branch Executive are elected at the Branch AGM which is held in September, where all eligible members have the chance to cast their votes.


Similarly our Councillor group hold elections at their AGM in May to adopt their officers for the forthcoming year. These positions are voted on by the Councillor group members. Also this year saw the voting in of UKIP - GY 's first candidate for the position of Mayor for the municipal year 2016 - 2017.


Executive Committee   This is made up of the following officers and they can be contacted through our contact page;


Chairman                       Mr Peter Fitzgerald

Vice-Chairman              Cllr Paul Hammond

Secretary                       To be decided

Treasurer                       Mr Peter Phipps

Campaigns Officer        Cllr Alan Grey

Fundraiser                    Mrs Donna Hammond

Executive Officer          Cllr Chris Walch


From time to time and for specific purposes, members may be seconded to the Executive Committee. This is done by majority vote of the executive, and secondments are for pre determined periods not exceeding the life of the present Executive Committee.


Councillor Group   This is made up of all UKIP Borough Council elected Councillors and they can be contacted through our Councillor contact page;


Group Leader                      Cllr Kay Grey

Deputy Group Leader         Cllr Sue Hacon


County Councillor Group   This is a similar arrangement as our Borough Councillor group only the administration of which is carried out at Norfolk County level. Our County Councillor contact details can be found on our Councillor contact page.


Meetings   Our branch meetings held every third Thursday in the month except for August and December. They are presently held at The Rumbold Arms, Southtown Road, Great Yarmouth, at 7:30pm. All members of UKIP are welcome to attend and non members are welcome to come along with a member.


Annual General Meeting   Held in September at above venue, all members notified and eligible to vote. Non member attendance at Chairman's discretion. At the meeting on 22 September 2016 Chris Walch and Donna Hammond were appointed to the Executive Committee.


Executive Committee meetings   These meetings are held every two weeks and attendance is by invitation only.


Councillor Group Meetings   These meetings are not held in public and are determined by work load of Council business.




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A personal statement from our Chairman regarding the defection of UKIP Borough Councillors



On 30th October 2017, seven of our Borough Councillors chose to walk the floor and join the Conservative Party. Despite being elected as UKIP Councillors, they saw no reason why they should stand before their electorate again in a by election to seek re election as Tory Councillors.


Whilst their mass defection had been meticulously planned and managed  for some time under a veil of secrecy and deception, credit must go to the local Conservative group for their guidance as to the efficiency and co-ordination of this exercise. The  delivery of their defection announcement one hour before their resignation letters were received is not the sort of behaviour I would have expected from former UKIP colleagues.


One could say that UKIP bear some responsibility for this situation as they themselves vetted and promoted the election of these defectors. In reality until quite recently most of these Councillors in their own County council election material and subsequent social media posts, have had the Conservative party set squarely in their sights as “the enemy”.


The irony of the whole sorry affair is that these Councillors have themselves become the very thing that they joined UKIP to fight against! Their lack of integrity, honour and their selfishness has awarded them a place at the political feeding trough.


If an apology is necessary for putting these people amongst the electorate of Great Yarmouth then on behalf of UKIP I take this opportunity to deliver it to you as well as to accept my fair share of any blame. Whilst I am proud of the past achievements of UKIP, a sense of shame has descended upon me as having being their Chairman.


UKIP will continue to vet candidates at a local and national level and learn from anything they may have done wrong. From a personal perspective, at the ripe old age of 55, I have learnt a very valuable lesson and that is to choose my friends more carefully.


UKIP Great Yarmouth will continue to represent not only the electorate that voted for them but all residents of this borough. They will continue to recruit personnel who along with their branch members and many members of the general public find these events abhorrent. They will continue to put the interests of their community before their own self interest.


Best regards


Peter Fitzgerald

Branch Chairman