Last year at the Scottish elections I was not allowed to stand as a candidate as, following the groundbreaking pilot schemes in Fife and Dumfries & Galloway Health Board areas, I was elected as a member of Fife Health Board. However the recent instruction from Holyrood giving elected Health Board members the same opportunities to stand for all elections as other Board members and Council officials meant I could now be a Council candidate.
As a resident of Fife's Ward 10 Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn and Burntisland (and not forgetting Auchtertool) that is where I am standing. Paperwork has been processed and completed so I have joined four other UKIP candidates in the Fife area.
In line with UKIP policy we are highlighting our Independence at local level and representing the voter, not getting caught up in Party politics which polarizes opinion on party lines instead of doing the best for the people.
At close of nominations, for the local council elections on May 3rd, UKIPScotland had thirty eight candidates in place. Not many by the standards of the LibLabCon and SNP but it is still an improvement on the numbers at the 2007 elections. Over that time UKIPScotland have been steadily increasing their numbers with a more rapid growth over the past six months as the Eurozone and Euro crisis has become more obvious.
But the local elections are about local issues not EU issues even though EU Regulations and Directive have a major effect on the way our local councils can work, even down to issuing contracts for supplies, the Working Time Directive and not forgetting the whole Carbon Con targets.
To the voters of Kirkcaldy Ward 10 I will be knocking on your door to find out what is bugging you about Fife Council and what you want done to improve your area and hopefully persuading you why I should be your No1 candidate on the 3rd May.