When I narrowly* lost the West Shoebury local council election in May 2014, only the victor — UKIP’s James Moyies — gave a speech. As he came down at the end of it, he came up to me and asked why I hadn’t given a speech myself. He was worried that I had, in effect, no platformed him.
The truth was that this was my first time at a Southend election count, and I didn’t realise that anyone but the winning candidate gave a speech. Naivety, basically, and I told the new Cllr Moyies as much.
It is in this light that I am very disappointed to see that Southend Against the Cuts have decided to exclude UKIP from their general election hustings.