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 John Bagshaw as Branch Treasurer is one of the key members of Bolsover's UKIP team and was the council candidate for Bolsover West in the 2015 elections. He passionately believes in UKIP's aims for Bolsover and the UK in general especially regaining local democracy and the three essential freedoms by leaving the EU: Freedom of Action, so we can control our borders and no longer have to grovel to the EU for permission to save our Post Offices, factories, etc.; Freedom of Resources, by keeping the £16.4bilion per year in cash  currently sent to Brussels and spending that money in the UK; Freedom of the People, with real power returning to British citizens by reducing bureaucracy and in particular removing un-elected EU commissioners and bureaucrats.


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Benefits of leaving the EU

Posted by Ray Calladine on July 12, 2015 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I see that the Business for Britain group's report concluded that the current terms of the UK's membership are "unacceptable" and holding the country back. Read the article by clicking the link for more details

John Bagshaw

Posted by Ray Calladine on February 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

so who is John Bagshaw?


The UKIP was the candidate for North West Bolsover District & Old Bolsover Town North West Wards. Currently John is the UKIP Bolsover Branch Treasurer and one the founding committee members of the Bolsover branch.


Background: Originating from Chesterfield where he lived in a council house with his parents and family for twenty two years before marrying a local girl and moving to Bolsover.Like many working class people of the time he didn’t get the opportunity to go to University as the need to start earning a living was a more pressing priority.

Education & Employment: Leaving school at fifteen he served an apprenticeship with a Chesterfield based builder, and started to obtain qualifications :- Craft Certificate & City & Guilds Advanced Craft Certificate.

Later joining British Coal Derbyshire Area Mobile Plant Team and worked his way up through the ranks, being promoted to Derbyshire Area Mobile Plant Deployment Officer in 1985.  He attended British Coals Staff Training College at Long Benton, Newcastle and numerous other courses provided by British Coal, gaining qualifications in management. On taking redundancy from British Coal he re-trained and worked in transport management in the road haulage industry holding the following qualifications :-

Certificate of professional Competence in National Road Haulage.

Certificate of professional Competence in International Road Haulage.

Lifestyle: a keen Gardener and Beekeeper, he also likes to do a little fishing in the summer months.

John's views on local issues

In recent years the Labour Council spent considerable sums in Bolsover in the shape of Sherwood Lodge. One can only guess how much  taxpayers money was spent on this project.Not satisfied with this they performed the unthinkable, selling it off to a national supermarket chain, without considering the wishes of most of the residents of Bolsover.

Meanwhile they have built yet another "folly" in Clowne. Rest assured we, the residents of Bolsover will be receiving the bill for that in the post before too long. They are now planning to spend even more of our money building a swimming pool in Clowne; quite unbelievable, at a time when services are being cut and everyone being blamed but themselves . Simple rules apply when you have no money “stop spending.”

The labour party is broken, they no longer represent the views of Bolsover residents so John believes that now is the time to vote UKIP the party that will represent the wishes of all local people.





Posted by Ray Calladine on October 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

UKIP's Immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe responds to Ed Miliband


Posted on October 23

UKIP's Immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: "Today we see more political point scoring over migration, this time from Ed Miliband. He promises to ‘use his first Queen’s Speech to introduce “clear, credible and concrete change” to the UK’s migration system.’ It’s all very well making these comments but Labour Party’s record on controlling migration doesn't make for easy reading.

"Labour opened our borders unconditionally to hundreds of millions of people. This allowed over 4 million people to enter our country over 13 years. It caused mass wage compression, and placed huge strain on the NHS and other vital public services. The Great British public are fed up of listening to more false promises on such a vital issue. Only one party is taking this issue seriously. UKIP. We were the only party brave enough to bring the issue to the forefront of the political debate. And we are the only ones giving viable solutions to sort it out.


Death to the death tax? Inheritance tax whitewash

Posted by Ray Calladine on April 5, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)


The Prime Minister has been slammed by UKIP's Head of Policy Unit after yet another u-turn, this time on Inheritance tax.

UKIP's Head of Policy Unit Tim Aker said: "Seven years ago the Tories promised to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m. They quickly abandoned this pledge for the sake of power and getting their feet under the table of government with Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats. Nearly four years into government and they’ve done nothing. The Tories latest desperate policy announcement should be treated like the others.


“Mr Cameron has already broken his promise on this once, the British people shouldn’t be conned into thinking he won’t do it again.

"Only with UKIP breathing down their neck are they now sounding out mealy-mouthed words to try and con voters back into their corner. This should be treated like their other promises in opposition, such as those on an EU referendum or immigration controls.

"The Tories talk a good talk in opposition – but in government they never deliver.

"UKIP has consistently advocated the complete abolition of inheritance tax. Inheritance tax brings in under £4bn - less than a third of what we spend on foreign aid. The super-rich avoid it, while modest property owners get caught by it. It hits people during a time of grief and UKIP will budget in its 2015 spending plans to completely abolish this unfair death tax."

Head to head with Clegg

Posted by Ray Calladine on April 5, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

A post debate poll for last night's LBC poll had 57% back UKIP Leader Nigel Farage as the winner of the EU debate, with only 36% saying Nick Clegg had won.

Nigel Farage blasted the pro-EU Liberal Democrats for supporting open door immigration, the European Arrest Warrant and their shifting on a referendum.

Nigel Farage blasted the pro-EU Liberal Democrats for supporting open door immigration, the European Arrest Warrant and their shifting on a referendum.

UKIP Director of Communications Patrick O'Flynn said: "This was a thumping victory for UKIP and the people against the pro-EU establishment.

"We are delighted that so many people are supporting Nigel Farage's view that we must leave the European Union.


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Posted by Ray Calladine on April 5, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

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EU Immigration reaches new high

Posted by Ray Calladine on April 5, 2014 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)


European Union migrants will overtake immigrants from outside Europe for first time, says report

MigrationWatch says number of EU migrants arriving over just four years will be equal to the population of Manchester .


Immigration from within the European Union is poised to make up the majority of new arrivals to Britain for the first time, according to a new report.



A paper published by MigrationWatch UK, which campaigns for tougher immigration rules, said the economic crisis in southern Europe would continue to drive a huge influx to this country. It predicted net migration of EU citizens will be around 130,000 a year, and levels would be maintained for the “medium term”. It meant the total would be 520,000 over four years, or more than the population of Manchester, the study said.

The report said a key factor in the surge was a rise in migration from southern European countries which are suffering high youth unemployment including Spain, Italy and Portugal.

It also predicted that overall net migration would be “in the order of 160,000 a year” - far higher than then Government’s target of “tens of thousands” - once immigration from outside the EU was taken into account.


Farage scrambles Clegg in head to head

Posted by Ray Calladine on April 5, 2014 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

'We'll start selling Nick Clegg mops, so you too can wipe the floor with him,' says Farage

Many kind people have suggested that I utterly demolished Nick Clegg in debates over the past couple of weeks - and that is certainly what the polls indicate. 


One wag even suggested that the UKIP shop should start selling Nick Clegg mops - so you can wipe the floor with him like Nigel did. That's possibly a little unkind.

In fact, UKIP really was grateful to Mr Clegg for instigating the two televised EU debates and it was an honour to put the case for leaving the EU against the chosen representative of the political establishment.

Nigel believes that UKIP is almost universally acknowledged as the standard bearers for the millions of people who want to get our country back from remote and unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and especially to take control of our own borders again.

In that regard, it may be that the leaders who did not come to debate against UKIP are seen as even bigger losers than the one who did.

UKIP  would like to thank Express readers for all the wonderful support you have given to the anti-EU cause down the years. We have fought together shoulder to shoulder, covering the hard yards when the political climate looked much less promising for us than it does today. Most of all, you, like me, have never given up.

As for Dave, oh dear. Does the man have a political principle in his body?

Nigel Farage: We have never stopped believing that our country is good enough to run its own affairs again.


UKIP Bulletin November 2013

Posted by Ray Calladine on November 16, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Nigel Farage: 'Blunkett right to warn about Roma influx' 

David Blunkett's warning that an influx of Roma migrants could lead to riots in Britain should be taken very seriously,

according to UKIP leader Nigel Farage.



EU Court ruling another sinister power grab......

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the European Charter of Fundamental Rights will be enforceable in Britain.

Read more here.

Tories let grammar schools go into ruin

To me, it doesn't matter where people come from, it's what they do with the opportunities they are given and how they connect with others. Read more

Labour are cowards for racking up billions in debt

The former Mayor of London criticises Labour for spending billions to avoid tax and spending cuts in the 'boom years'

Read more here.

What we really need is a United States of Europe, says senior Lib Dem

Liberal Democrats are to use next year's Euro elections to campaign for a United States of Europe. 

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So who is Ray Calladine?

Posted by Ray Calladine on April 23, 2010 at 5:09 PM Comments comments (0)

I am from South Normanton and my family have been here for over 100 years, I run my own business, I am a qualified chemist, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Chartered Chemist. I have wide experience working all across Europe as well as the UK and Asia.


I believe that this gives me the opportunity to comment first hand on some of the crucial issues such as the damage that Europe is doing to our manufacturing industry with its draconian legislation (REACH for example) and overbearing desire to control everything. I travel world wide and have to say that Britain, our Britain is something well worth fighting for before those in Brussels turn us all in to grey faceless Europeans with no say in their own destiny.


I would also hope that like myself you have seen the erosion in manufacturing jobs in the UK since the Labour government came to office along with the climbing national deficit. Not the best present to hand on to anyone which is possibly why they so wish to keep it. So despite raiding our pension funds, raising the retirement age and squandering all the tax revenues we still have fewer manufacturing jobs and nothing to show for it but a deficit which at 11.1% of GDP is only marginally better than Greece (12% GDP) and with every risk that if the Labour and Liberal parties put together a "sweetheart" deal, a new Lib-Lab pact, then our credit rating will plunge thus reducing our opportunity to do business in the wider global economy.  I would like to see us creating real jobs, for real benefit for ourselves, our children and our childrens children.


This not only provides wealth creating jobs for the community but is good for the world as a whole too. The recent flying ban served to emphaiss how dependent we had become on imports and the huge financial and ecologicval cost we bear. By producing locally we support not only the local economy but also reduce our carbon footprint and un-necessary envirnmental impact.


So to summarise, I stand for all of the key manifesto points of the UKIP. I have a wide range of business experience which enables me to comment on the policies and those of our opponents and still hope to fight for the local community which since the demise of the mining industry has seen little investment in real manufacturing jobs. I want to see democracy in action with the people of Britain empowered to do things in their own regions not by dictat from Brussels where we only have a 9% say in what happens in our own country let alone our own constituency.


I hope that I have reassured you all of my credentials and persuaded you not only to come and vote for me but to carry the message to your friends family colleagues and anyone else who needs to hear what UKIP is all about