The Rushmoor Branch AGM was held on the 23rd of January.
The Chairman's report was presented by Gill Bailey and reviewed what has been a very eventful year. Nationally it has been a year in which every party leadership (except for Labour) has changed hands. As you can imagine, certain names got louder cheers than others at this point. Locally UKIP has been kept busy with council elections in May followed by the referendum in June. In Rushmoor UKIP distributed 220,000 leaflets during the year.
The meeting moved on to the Treasurers report and Membership Secretary's report.
Before starting the election of officers. Gill made presentations to a number of people for their contributions over the past year. To the surprise of yours truly there was a even present for running this blog! The following people were elected to the committee:
Chairman: Gill Bailey
Deputy Chairman: Mark Staplehurst
Secretary: Carol Turner
Treasurer: Dave Bell
Membership Secretary: Jenny Parsons
Blackwater co-ordinator: Mike Gascoigne
Aldershot co-ordinator: Kevin Betsworth
Upcoming elections were also discussed, both the County elections in May and the forthcoming Parliamentary by-election in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Elected Members report was presented by Mark Staplehurst on behalf of himself and Dave Bell. Mark asked what the purpose of UKIP was, now that the EU Referendum has taken place. In answer he raised a number of local issues where UKIP, despite having only 2 councillors, has been campaigning and making a difference. These included the No 9 bus service, speeding problems in Southwood Road, redevelopment of The Crescent and cuts to front line services such as provision for children with special needs. Mark also discussed how getting involved with helping local residents and local charities has helped him to keep in touch with local voters.
The meeting closed with nibbles and wine.