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UKIP candidate Roger Helmer accused of abandoning East Midlands voters

May 8, 2014 2:09 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."

Mr Helmer, in turn, accused the Liberal Democrat of desperation.

He said: "Bill really is scraping the barrel. He knows perfectly well there is a list system in the European election. People vote for parties not people.

"If I am returned to the European Parliament, I will resign if I then win in Newark and Jonathan Bullock will step up.

"I have known Jonathan for 10 years and if people return two UKIP MEPs, they will get two excellent UKIP MEPs. This sound like desperation from a man who will not have a job after the next election.

"That's not us being mean to Bill, it's what the opinion polls are telling us about the Liberal Democrats' chances.

"It's challenging but I am going to give my best shot to fighting both elections."

The Newark by-election has been called after the town's former Tory MP Patrick Mercer stepped down following a lobbying scandal.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage considered standing himself but decided against it because he had no connections to the town and he wanted to focus on the European elections.

Mr Helmer, who has been an East Midlands MEP for 15 years, initially as a Tory and then for UKIP after he defected, said: "The feeling was that I was the person in UKIP with the best compilation of skills to stand for Newark.

"We want to get out of Europe but that decision will be made in Westminster.

"We can either do that by getting lots of MPs at Westminster but we all accept that might take a very long time.

"Or we can get MPs in who will put pressure on the legacy parties to get us out. David Cameron would not have agreed to an in/out referendum in 2017 without pressure."

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Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."

Mr Helmer, in turn, accused the Liberal Democrat of desperation.

He said: "Bill really is scraping the barrel. He knows perfectly well there is a list system in the European election. People vote for parties not people.

"If I am returned to the European Parliament, I will resign if I then win in Newark and Jonathan Bullock will step up.

"I have known Jonathan for 10 years and if people return two UKIP MEPs, they will get two excellent UKIP MEPs. This sound like desperation from a man who will not have a job after the next election.

"That's not us being mean to Bill, it's what the opinion polls are telling us about the Liberal Democrats' chances.

"It's challenging but I am going to give my best shot to fighting both elections."

The Newark by-election has been called after the town's former Tory MP Patrick Mercer stepped down following a lobbying scandal.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage considered standing himself but decided against it because he had no connections to the town and he wanted to focus on the European elections.

Mr Helmer, who has been an East Midlands MEP for 15 years, initially as a Tory and then for UKIP after he defected, said: "The feeling was that I was the person in UKIP with the best compilation of skills to stand for Newark.

"We want to get out of Europe but that decision will be made in Westminster.

"We can either do that by getting lots of MPs at Westminster but we all accept that might take a very long time.

"Or we can get MPs in who will put pressure on the legacy parties to get us out. David Cameron would not have agreed to an in/out referendum in 2017 without pressure."

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Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."

Mr Helmer, in turn, accused the Liberal Democrat of desperation.

He said: "Bill really is scraping the barrel. He knows perfectly well there is a list system in the European election. People vote for parties not people.

"If I am returned to the European Parliament, I will resign if I then win in Newark and Jonathan Bullock will step up.

"I have known Jonathan for 10 years and if people return two UKIP MEPs, they will get two excellent UKIP MEPs. This sound like desperation from a man who will not have a job after the next election.

"That's not us being mean to Bill, it's what the opinion polls are telling us about the Liberal Democrats' chances.

"It's challenging but I am going to give my best shot to fighting both elections."

The Newark by-election has been called after the town's former Tory MP Patrick Mercer stepped down following a lobbying scandal.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage considered standing himself but decided against it because he had no connections to the town and he wanted to focus on the European elections.

Mr Helmer, who has been an East Midlands MEP for 15 years, initially as a Tory and then for UKIP after he defected, said: "The feeling was that I was the person in UKIP with the best compilation of skills to stand for Newark.

"We want to get out of Europe but that decision will be made in Westminster.

"We can either do that by getting lots of MPs at Westminster but we all accept that might take a very long time.

"Or we can get MPs in who will put pressure on the legacy parties to get us out. David Cameron would not have agreed to an in/out referendum in 2017 without pressure."

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Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."



Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/UKIP-candidate-Roger-Helmer-accused-abandoning/story-21071616-detail/story.html#ixzz318612BH2

Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."



Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/UKIP-candidate-Roger-Helmer-accused-abandoning/story-21071616-detail/story.html#ixzz318612BH2

Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."



Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/UKIP-candidate-Roger-Helmer-accused-abandoning/story-21071616-detail/story.html#ixzz318612BH2

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton-Dunn has accused UKIP rival Roger Helmer of abandoning East Midlands voters by standing in the Newark by-election.

Bill Newton Dunn in EU Parliament

Bill Newton Dunn MEP in the European Parliament

Mr Helmer, 70, will be returned to the European Parliament if enough voters back UKIP in the May 22 poll - but is also hoping to be elected as MP for Newark on June 5.

U-KIP East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer and team hard at work in the European Parliament again…

Roger Helmer MEP in the European Parliament

Mr Helmer, who lives near Lutterworth, is campaigning in both the European and the Westminster elections, but has said he will resign his Brussels seat if he manages to overturn the 16,000 Tory majority in the Nottinghamshire constituency.

Mr Newton-Dunn accused Mr Helmer of putting his personal ambition ahead of his commitment to the region's voters.

He said: "For the first two weeks of this European election campaign, Roger Helmer has been asking people to vote for him to be their MEP.

"Suddenly, personal ambition has stepped in and he is abandoning his East Midlands voters because he suddenly wants to be the next Newark MP. How can his word ever be trusted?

"If Roger is returned to the European Parliament, it is then enormously disrespectful to the East Midland voters who put him there to say he hopes to be off to do another job just two weeks later."



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