By John Booker, Sheffield’s UKIP Deputy Leader

John Booker, deputy leader of Sheffield's Ukip group
John Booker, deputy leader of Sheffield's Ukip group
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How times have changed in Sheffield, three Ukip councillors in the town hall and after May 7, hopefully many more.

I, leader Couns Jack Clarkson and Pauline Andrews are hard-working, normal people. Our views represent and are the same as those of many.

We have a common sense view to politics, and feel when thousands of people make concerns known, they should be listened to.

Major planning and services decisions should be put to a local vote on a petition by five per cent of the electorate.

Inside the town hall there is a microcosm of ideas.

I feel established parties have a doctrine ideology that’s sometimes toxic, distorting the thought process. Although I consider the Greens professional, well-informed and impeccably behaved, which is not the normal state of affairs.

We are proud to live in Sheffield and be from England’s largest county, home of coal and steel industries which built Britain.

Ukip doesn’t just want independence from the EU but an independence of thought, to run our own affairs, our own way, by our own people.

To leave the EU, stay friendly with Europe and trade with the world.

The EU is a Napoleonic blueprint, its aim totalitarian control of member states. This means taking our sovereignty, democracy, economy. Talk of EU money is a con, it is our own coin repackaged.

Sheffield is targeted by a developers’ charter, with planned development of thousands of homes on green belt. Land designated by previous Governments who had foresight not possessed by today’s representatives.

Ukip will always ask difficult questions – about the tremendous World Student Games costs, the sorry saga of Sheffield City Airport, the new Moor Market and decision to demolish Devonshire Street shops.

Our first year in office has been an amazing journey but is just a taster of what lies ahead.