Thursday, 18 September 2008

New lists for 2009

Hello all,

Well its been an interesting week! I have been sorting out arrangements to go to Brussels and no sooner than that, I find out that I am now the third Candidate for next years' European Elections. Stephen Allison decided after all to contest the East Midlands list so everyone moves one place up the list!
I am having a mini party of UKIP members at my place before I go to Brussels to take up my new job as a Trainee/Stagiare in the Agriculture and Fisheries Committees. Its been a hectic week, but exciting nonetheless.
Please get in touch with me if you have any questions you wish to ask me.

Till next time,

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Party Conference

Hello All,

Well, what a Conference it was!! Certainly one to remember.

Nigel gave a speech on day one that outlined a change of tack and strategy for UKIP, a strategy I fully support and believe will turn UKIP around and prepare us well for next years elections. Bob Spink gave a speech that was memorable and heartfelt - he is a rare politician, one that puts his country before his career. I met all of the UKIP MEP's, Peers and our MP. All of whom were warm and very welcoming.

I made a speech with Young Independence, and I felt pleased with my performance. Many people spoke to me afterwards extending their congratulations. I had just announced I was accepting a job in Brussels for the Independence and Democracy grouping in the European Parliament.

So plans are underway for my six month internship at Brussels. Very much looking foward to it!!

Till next time,


Wednesday, 27 August 2008

MEP Selection Results

Hello everyone,

Well the results are in and it was a very close battle for third place between myself and Sandra Allison. The results were

Stephen Allison - 109
Gordon Parkin - 64
Sandra Allison - 42
John Tennant - 41
Steve Emmens - 8

Apparently it was a dead heat for third place and just a couple of rejected votes were used to decide the result.
I am of course disappointed, however I am pleased to have been involved and wish the very best of luck to the successful candidates.
I hope to see you all at Party Conference.

Till next time.


Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Great Britain

Hello again,

I am absolutely delighted with the performances of our British Olympians, particularly impressed with the efforts of our cycling team, Wiggins, Hoy and co. This is probably our best performance so far in recent years and long may it continue! Despite our government's lies about the true cost of London 2012, our olympians are making it an event I will look forward to.
Well, its been relatively quiet lately and I'm in the early stages of setting up a UKIP Newcastle Upon Tyne Branch, a great opportunity for UKIP to gain a foothold in Newcastle and if anyone who reads this is living in the area - please send me a message and I would be only too glad to have you on board.
The UK Independence Party has launched its new website, something that was desperately needed. It is a markedly improved website and I believe it will be the beginnings of a new dawn for UKIP - a chance to start again. Well Done!!

Till next time,


Thursday, 7 August 2008

Curry and Beer

Last Saturday I visited Bradford to meet some UKIP supporters there at a Curry and Beer event. The host was Jason Smith - prospective Candidate for Bradford South in the next General Election and also a possible M.E.P candidate in next years Euro Elections. I also met Paul Nuttall (again) our IND/DEM researcher and also I met Wayne Harling of Y.I among David Daniel and the much lauded Jonathan Arnott - who is very likely to be selected as a candidate for next years Euros, an intelligent man.
The event was good for meeting fellow Ukipper's and it was a something that I would do again if I got the opportunity. Mr Smith was an excellent host.
Well, voting is underway for candidate selection, I recieved and sent off my votes, but I'm not telling who I voted for other than myself!!! Don't ask either! Its an exciting time and we find out who is selected on 2nd September, two days before Party Conference. So get voting if you recieve a ballot paper - and please consider me for your 1st preference vote, remember I believe UKIP can win in the North East because I have the drive and my youth can attract the young voters, creating a new voting power.

Till next time,


Tuesday, 29 July 2008

North East Rally

Hello Everyone, I hope you have all enjoyed some glorious weather this weekend.

Saturday's first ever North East Counties Rally was a great day, I met my fellow M.E.P Candidates along with some people I have been in contact with for some time now.
The speeches made by Godfrey Bloom, Derek Clark, Greg Beaman, John Whittaker, and Paul Nuttall were all excellent. Each person had a different take on things such as Immigration, the post Democratic Society, Post Office Closures and of course, the Lisbon Treaty. When it came round to my speech, I wasn't nervous at all, I made a 5 minute talk on the merits of choosing myself as the candidate to head the party lists and also made the case for increasing our share of the vote by attracting the young and first time voters.
The day was well attended, better than I'd expected and it bodes well for the future of UKIP in the North East. A special congratulations and big hand goes to Gordon Parkin and the Stockton on Tees Branch for organising a fantastic day and I hope they do more of them to keep the UKIP brand out there.
Well, as far as I know there are no more hustings in the North East Region, and I'd like to wish everyone else around the country the very best of luck in their endeavour to be on the party lists.
I sincerely hope the membership consider me as their choice for top candidate as I would know that I can bring enthusiasm, excitement and hard work for the United Kingdom Independence Party in next years elections. The next date in my diary is the Party Conference, I hope to meet you all there.
If anyone has any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Till next time,


Thursday, 24 July 2008

Creeping up to the big day

No, not a wedding. But the North East Counties Rally, I can't wait. I've got my spech prepared, travel arrangements sorted now I just need to get behind that podium and express my beliefs to the party faithful.
This week has been a bit up and down. Getting to know new people within the party and striking up good links with Young Independence, particularly thier very own Wayne Harling. I would like to congratulate Michael Heaver on his Question time appearance and hope this is the beginning of a new dawn for UKIP.
On the other hand this so called 'Democracy Forum' has been causing a few upsets, regarding the 'activists' within the party. I made some 'home truths' regarding the lack of activists and the forum becoming too much of a 'talking shop' of sheer negativity which cannot be good for morale within the party membership. Either way, It is well known that many do not take the forum seriously and pass it off as sheer 'tittle tattle'. Perhaps these 'armchair politicians' should stop taking themselves so seriously and try to get behind the party for a change - it harks back to the old cliche - 'No-one likes a divided party'. I firmly believe that forums like the one in question could do more harm than good for UKIP.
On a more positive note, a great day is in prospect on saturday and finally some nice Summer weather should accompany some good discussion and progress within the North East Membership of UKIP.

Keep the emails coming everyone!

Till next time,


Monday, 14 July 2008


Since the Launch of my website, I have recieved a large number of positive comments about the website and some of my policies. The site itself has had roughly 200 hits in the last week and I have recieved a lot of mail, all of which I have successfully replied to. So, much kudos to our site developer!
Recently I have been leafleting some CIB literature, which has proved to be a relative success, with some locals voicing their agreement with our stance on Europe. Already we are achieving some common ground in my local area! More importantly, planning is underway for my maiden speech to the Stockton Rally Hustings on 26th July, an event I am looking forward to more as the date gets nearer. If you want to know more about the Rally on 26th July, there is some useful information on my events page on the main website, please do try to make the Rally, a great day is in prospect!

Till' next week,


Saturday, 5 July 2008

New Website

I am pleased to announce the launch of my personal website in July 2008. The purpose of this site is for the benefit of the membership of the UK Independence party when selecting their preference candidates for the 2009 European Elections.
This blog will be updated weekly, with stories about my experiences as a member of the party and events I have organised or attended.
There will be regular hustings meetings around the North East, where you can hear me speak and you can make your mind up about me as a possible first preference candidate.
I will be attending the Party Conference in September, hope to meet you there.

John Tennant.