UKIP Poole and Mid-Dorset Branch was formed in 2005 to give the party representation in two parliamentary constituencies:
- Mid-Dorset and North Poole
In August 2014, due to increased membership, the Poole and Mid-Dorset committee decided to form 2 branches – one for each parliamentary constituency. The website for the UKIP Poole Branch can be found at: www.ukippoole.org.
The Mid-Dorset and North Poole constituency comprises the following administrative areas:
Borough of Poole:
Broadstone, Canford Heath (East and West), Merley & Bearwood.
Purbeck District Council:
Wareham, Wareham St Martin, Lytchett Minster and Upton (East and West), Lytchett Matravers & Morden, and Bere Regis.
East Dorset District Council:
Colehill (East and West), Corfe Mullen (North, Central, South) and Wimborne Minster.
Branch Officers for UKIP Mid-Dorset & North Poole Branch (2014):
- Chairman – John Butler
- Treasurer – John Kent
- Secretary – Diana Butler
- Vice Chairman – Dave Evans
Committee Members (2014):
- John DeRitter
- Zac Stanforth
- Val Foice
Parliamentary Candidate: Richard Turner
UKIP membership in the Mid-Dorset & North Poole constituency has risen from 55 to 130 over the past 18 months. An application form for membership can be downloaded from this website.
The branch organises a full programme of events and activities, ranging from – social (coffee mornings and pub socials) open to friends, supporters and enquirers – to public meetings featuring guest speakers. For further details see Events.
The branch also produces a regular bi-monthly newsletter. Recent back issues can be viewed on this website under News. We also circulate the County-wide ‘UKIP Dorset Digest’, published monthly.
The branch has been energetic in campaigning for UKIP in Local Elections as well as Parliamentary and Euro-elections.
In the 2007 Borough of Poole elections, our branch stood 11 candidates in 16 wards, gaining in the region of 11% of the vote, beating Labour in all wards bar one.
In 2011, we stood 13 candidates, gained approximately 15% of the vote (1 in 7 voters voted for UKIP), beating Labour, and in one ward, beating the Liberal Democrats for the first time.
In the 2013 Dorset County Council elections, UKIP finished ahead of the Conservatives for the first time in an election locally in our area, coming second in Corfe Mullen.
Across all Mid-Dorset & North Poole wards, our candidates averaged 23.5% of the vote.
A full list of UKIP’s local Council election results for all Poole and Mid-Dorset wards can be found on this website.
In the May 2014 Euro-elections, UKIP came first in Poole with a 38.5% share of the vote.
For the upcoming all-Council elections in May 2015, we are aiming to field UKIP candidates in EVERY ward and are committed to gaining our first elected Councillor. Care to join us? Click here to join today.