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Blog 11: Why I am Standing for the NEC

By Phil Eckersley

UKIP Manchester Chairman

UKIP Greater Manchester Chairman


As Chairman of UKIP Manchester I have submitted my nomination papers and would like to share the reasons why I am standing below. Please help my nomination by liking and sharing this post on Facebook (Click HERE).


Thank you and good luck to all candidates.


After recent testing times, it is more important than ever that we make an informed and educated decision about who represents the Party at the highest level. A vote for Phil Eckersley is a vote for a calm, thorough and committed NEC member with an attention to detail and an eye on the bigger picture; which often has been lacking in recent times.


As a business owner, I am often faced with challenges and crises that can sometimes appear existential, these experiences have led me to be able to evaluate problematic situations and logically and creatively find solutions that


 work for the majority of stakeholders. These experiences and a positive attitude is what is required of an NEC. I will bring this to the table along with a focussed and strategic mind to take UKIP to the next level and to become the Party of the opposition in the future.


As the Chairman of UKIP Manchester and the Co-Chair of UKIP Greater Manchester Region I have a good knowledge of the inner workings of UKIP at grassroots level. Not only do I have a deep connection with the grassroots of the Party, I also have regular visits to the European Parliament to meet with UKIP representatives which gives me a good insight into the workings of the Party as a whole.


After the tumultuous times we have all felt around the NEC of the Party there is a sense of frustration with many members around the governance of the Party. With the experiences that I have within the Party and those that I have achieved outside the Party, I feel that I am best positioned to bring my expertise to the table of the NEC and give the Party a sense of direction and a sense of fairness around decision making.


The Conservative Party under Theresa May has literally taken up the vast majority of the UKIP 2015 Manifesto in a conscious and strategic bid to pull members and voters away from UKIP. However, due to the history behind Conservative “cast iron guarantees” I have little faith that these pledges will be actioned in the future.


This is a time for UKIP members to have a strong resolve in these challenging times and keep the faith in the Party. We must not let down the 3.8 million people who voted for us and the 17 million who voted in favour of our cause. Many of these voters do not find a home in Labour or the Conservatives and have been reinvigorated by the presence of UKIP in their local areas. We must not let them down.


Voters are very often uninterested in Party politics; they want to feel inspired and hopeful. It is up to UKIP to offer that inspiration and hope. We can only do that as a united Party with a strong executive body. This is why I have put forward my candidacy.


A vote for Phil Eckersley is a vote for a stronger, united Party.




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