Eddie McNally re-launches UKIP party in South Holland
A Holbeach insurance broker is resurrecting the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in South Holland.
Eddie McNally (59) is the "driving force" behind the relaunch of the party branch.
Eddie, who moved to south Lincs from Essex, where he stood to be an MP and councillor in Southend, said: "There is massive support up here and people wondered what was going on. I'm getting letters and emails all the time asking what's going on.
"There didn't seem to be anybody that wanted to do anything about it, but I didn't know many people when I first came here.
"We've now got our premises and we're now looking for more members. We would like old members to come back in. People are OK expressing their views, but when it comes down to doing something, they don't want to do it - there's a lot of keyboard warriors.
"My campaign is nothing to do with what the party is known for - it's about the NHS, housing, schools. I hate it when people say we are a racist party - I'm the son of an Irish immigrant! We have had a lot of bad press - some of it deserved - but a lot of people have put in too much hard work to be ruined by a few.
"Britain has been betrayed completely over Brexit and UKIP is growing all the time and has increased by 10,000 members over the past year.
"It's a complete shambles. I think it's time for the pressure to be put on the other parties - Labour, Conservative - they're all the same."
Eddie would like to see a Brexit 'no deal' and for Britain to operate under World Trade Organisation rules.
"I would like to have stayed in the EU if we weren't made such fools of. We are paying far too much money in and not getting a lot out.
"With the fisheries, we're not even allowed to fish in our own waters for goodness' sake!
"We've now got to make a clean break and go with the WTO. We've had weak governments and we are being taken for proper mugs. She [Theresa May] has given in, that's what she's done."
"We [UKIP] have come back with something different. The interim agenda has some fantastic things on it.
"The NHS should be free and not privatised; there aren't enough schools; not enough hospitals; we are not training enough doctors and nurses.
"University education in core subjects should be free - engineering for instance...we're crying out for engineers. Why are our nurses paying to train?"
Eddie will be standing in the local elections in May and hopes other potential candidates will come forward to help reform the branch.
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