Milton Keynes elections 2021: We’re still standing says one of UKIP's two borough council candidates
Those who think the UK Independence Party (UKIP) passed its use by date after the Brexit vote should think again, says Ray Brady.
Mr Brady, who pipped the Green party into fourth place at Shenley Brook End ward in 2019, is hoping to do better in his Bletchley West home territory at the local elections on May 6.
Mr Brady is one of two UKIP candidates standing in elections to the borough council.
“We are around and we are not what people think we are,” said Ray who recently rejected a resident’s claim that he is racist.
“I’m not a racist and the party is not racist. My granddaughter is mixed race and the chairman of the Buckinghamshire party is Asian."
Although he said UKIP is about “Britain being Britain” he said this was to do with the country being “overpopulated.”
“I don’t have a problem with immigration,” he said. “I have a problem with overpopulation.”
Mr Brady said he would want to see the protection of green spaces from development, and of homes being built he wants more to be “affordable”.
He opposes council officials being paid more than the Prime Minister, and when pressed on what that would mean if he was in charge he said he did not oppose £100,000 salaries for people who “work for it”.
Now that Brexit is “over and done with” after 17.5 million people voted for it, he is appealing to people who are fed up with the main parties.
“If you want change, you want UKIP,” said the retired locksmith who moved to MK five years ago.
Mr Brady, who’s interview was dotted with ‘plain speaking’ swear words, said he would moderate his language in the council chamber, unless people didn’t show respect.
“In which case I will give it back 100 times worse,” he said.
He added: “With me what you see is what you get. I’m just like every other Joe Soap out there, people who are fed up that they have never spoken to or met a candidate, not this time and not for years.
“Everyone is cheesed off about the council but they sit back, whinge and moan but I want to stand to do something about it.
“You’ll either love me or hate me, I am an acquired taste. I’m not a member of the lefty lovey, PC woke brigade.”
Former Tory voting Mr Brady is a fan of the style of 1980s prime minister Margaret Thatcher. But unlike the privatisation policies of his political heroine he wants to see the council go back to running its own waste collection service.
He also wants to see highways and schools run in house and for some roadworks to be carried out at night to minimise traffic disruption.
His manifesto also includes supporting a second hospital in the city, improved mental health services, and housing homeless people in empty commercial buildings.
The line up of candidates in Bletchley West is: Ben Adewale, (Liberal Democrat); Ray Brady (UK Independence Party - UKIP); Joe French (Green party); Nigel Long (Labour and Cooperative party - defending councillor); and Adam James Rolfe (Conservative).
UKIP is also standing in Bletchley East and the full list of candidates there is: Ed Hume, (Labour and Co-op); Angela Susan Kennedy (Ind); Sean Douglas McCabe (Lib Dem); Shazna Muzammil (Cons); Daniel Micheal Ribton (UK Independence Party - UKIP) and Axel Hans Segebrecht (Green).