Not invited

On October 24, that august newspaper, the Spectator, is hosting a debate at the Sage in Gateshead. The question being debated, ‘Labour has failed the North East. Why does the North East keep voting Labour?’ is, indeed, pertinent. However, the value of this debate has been devalued by the absence of a participant from UKIP.

Despite decades of indifference from Labour which still treats the region as a fiefdom, useful only for returning MPs, the electorate has, until now, ignored the other parties.

The Tory and Lib Dem parties cannot make progress, indeed, they are losing members and support.

Only UKIP is increasing its membership and activists. UKIP showed in the by-elections in Middlesbrough and South Shields that only they can challenge the shibboleth that is Labour.

Throughout the North East, from Redcar to here in Alnwick, UKIP provides the challenge to Labour. Yet the Spectator, urged on by the political establishment, refuses to debate with us, fearing, no doubt, that we can provide the answer.

On November 16, the North East region of UKIP will be holding its conference at the Park Hotel, Tynemouth.

The public will not only hear leader Nigel Farage and deputy leader Paul Nuttall, but have the opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session.

Why have UKIP been excluded from the Spectator debate?

Please send your answers on a postcard. I doubt you’ll need more space.

Nigel Coghill-Marshall,

Alnwick Branch of UKIP,

Allerburn Lea, Alnwick