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Steve Crowther to stand for UKIP in North Devon at 2015 general election

By NDJJoseph  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

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THE national chairman of the UK Independence Party revealed today exclusively to the North Devon Journal that he’s been selected as the party’s candidate in North Devon for the next general election.

North Devon born Steven Crowther stood in 2010 and is known locally for his support of the Slay the Array campaign and anti-development group Defend North Devon.

The North Devon seat has been held by Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey since 1992.

Mr Crowther said: “I like Nick Harvey personally, as I know many people do, but even when he achieved ministerial office it’s a little hard to see how his 22 years as MP has really benefited North Devon.

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“His party is in favour of the European Union, open-border immigration, the great wind-turbine rip-off and the mass housebuilding bonanza that’s filling up the developers’ land-banks. In fact, in all those respects it’s indistinguishable from the Conservatives.

“North Devonians have long let it be known that they disapprove of the EU and all its works – UKIP tops the poll here in European elections by ever-increasing margins. I think they are ready to make history by being among the first half-dozen constituencies to return a UKIP MP in 2015.”

In 2010 Mr Crowther narrowly beat Labour candidate Mark Cann into third place by more than a thousand votes, leaving him behind Nick Harvey and Conservative candidate for 2010 Philip Milton.

Crowther was one of only four UKIP candidates nationally to achieve third place.

He said: “It’s an odd fact that for the past four years, UKIP has technically been the third party along the whole north coast, from Stag’s Head to Bedruthan Steps.

“However, I hope to do a good deal better next year. National polling has put us ahead of the Liberal Democrats for most of the past year, and although this has been a Liberal seat historically, I think North Devonians are ready for something new and different – which clearly isn’t their coalition partners, the Conservatives.”

Mr Crowther candidate was appointed UKIP national chairman in 2010 when Nigel Farage was re-elected as the party’s leader.

In his role as chairman Mr Crowther has focused on UKIP’s policies toward energy in particular renewable energy such as wind turbines.

Mr Crowther is known locally for his opposition to the now scrapped Atlantic Array plans.

“Fighting the Array was an incredibly important battle, and one which we always believed we could win”, he said.

“It was a political fight, to show that North Devon should not have to pay the price for successive governments’ catastrophic energy planning.

“We rallied people from all over the country to the cause – because people all over the country love this place, and want to see its wild rugged beauty preserved.

"We had eight times as many people sign up for the enquiry as any previous offshore wind farm, and we showed, with others, that this was simply the wrong place to build the world’s second largest turbine array, alongside Lundy Island.”

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  • gatfer  |  January 16 2014, 7:58PM

    The UK nation is now threatened with destruction from Europe for the THIRD time in 100 years.This time it is the most serious threat that Britain has EVER had because most of the British public do not know about the threat. British people have never properly been informed about the deliberate destruction of the British way of life by the UK being a member of the EU. For over 40 years UK POLITICIANS AND MEDIA have hidden the truth and lied about the true purpose of the EU which is for Europe to become a federal "United States of Europe" when Britain will become only a region (Note: a region and not a country) of the United States of Europe. As long as the main news topics talk about energy, immigration, economy, etc etc etc then this diverts attention away from the very real threat of the UK rapidly becoming a region of a federal United States of Europe. .... TO SUPPORTERS OF BRITAIN BEING IN THE EU ....... NO MATTER WHICH POLITICAL PARTY THAT YOU PRESENTLY SUPPORT do you REALLY know what a United States of Europe means for Britain ? Look at the following and then ask your inner self HONESTLY "Is this truly what YOU want for your children ?" ....... http://tinyurl.com/nz9fft7 ....... UK political parties in government are now so similar they offer voters no real choice because all will keep the UK in the EU yet only outside the EU can the UK stop the total destruction of ALL of the British way of life that the country faces. The British public have historically voted in less and less numbers because there was no choice. Voters now have a very real alternative choice by voting UKIP that is completely different from the 3 main parties. UKIP is the ONLY party that GENUINELY believes in putting Britain first and for Britain not to become a region of a federal United States of Europe ...... ONLY UKIP will enable the UK to leave the EU because some of the other main parties only TALK about it while their ACTIONS keep the UK in the EU (they have been doing this for over 40 years) and other parties openly intend to keep Britain in the EU ..... Do YOU really want to be governed by unknown unelected officials in Europe? I most certainly do not and that is why I have joined UKIP and will vote for UKIP ..... Thousands of others (from all parties) are doing the same because they, like myself, have woken up to how they have been betrayed.

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  • Pravda  |  January 08 2014, 11:17AM

    I'm tempted by UKIP, but having given them a vote last time and seeing the present day coalition skip into power I'm still not sure if I voted UKIP again whether my vote would be registered as only a "protest vote" and be about as much good as p!55ing into the wind! One thing is certain though, I would never vote Tory again (as I did in the past) and having seen how impotent and spineless Cleggs bunch are at cabinet level, I wouldn't vote for a LibDem candidate either. The call comes down to UKIP or Labour. I've not seen much about UKIP's economic policy though.......... ♪♫♪

  • DonHenson  |  January 04 2014, 12:45PM

    UKIP: Where failed BNP and Tories go to fade away...

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  • Rockall2011  |  January 03 2014, 4:10PM

    Last thing we want are any more of these comedians. Just look at the shower in the European Parliament - well those that are left from the last EU elections!

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  • misspeach  |  January 03 2014, 3:45PM

    "hug a hoody" "we are all in this together" " best NHS in the world" is call me Dave practicing to be a stand up comic when he gets booted out, he certainly makes me laugh.

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  • eurosceptic  |  January 02 2014, 9:22PM

    We urgently need UKIP MPs in the House of Commons. Good luck Steve Crowther.

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