A Vote for Lester TAYLOR is a Vote for Shaftesbury!

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Dedicated to Shaftesbury!

Here are the main reasons why you should place your cross in the Lester TAYLOR box in the upcoming Dorset County Council elections for the Shaftesbury Division on the 4th May 2017.

DEDICATED: I am honoured to be the current Deputy Mayor of Shaftesbury and, as a Town Councillor, I have attended 82 Town Council committee meetings in the last two years with a 100% attendance record. None of the other candidates can match that in their respective Dorset councils, either past or present. I have also attended many other meetings with external bodies in my capacity as a Town Councillor. Councillors can’t act alone, they have to persuade others to vote with them and to do that you have to meet and talk! Vote for the County Council candidate who WILL attend, speak up and vote for you!

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There has also been a severe lack of communication in the past between your district and county councillors and the Shaftesbury Town Council! This has to end! If elected I will ensure that there is joined up thinking between County Hall and Town Hall.

WESTMINSTER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: I am an extremely active ‘Save our Beds!’ campaigner, fighting cross-party to prevent the closure of our local hospital beds. Many of you will have seen me on TV, heard me on the radio or met me while out campaigning on doorsteps, in the market and outside supermarkets in both Dorset and Wiltshire. While others were talking, I was acting. Not being connected to government, this is a battle I CAN and WILL take to County Hall.

While the ‘Save our Beds!’ shop was open in the High Street, UKIP supporters were there quietly beavering away to help the public. One came from the Stours to help and another all the way from Sherborne – no badges, no leaflets, no canvassing, just working to save the hospital. While the Liberal Democrat and Conservative candidates were busy with their helpers delivering their own election propaganda leaflets, the UKIP team had its nose to the grindstone helping to really deliver for the public!

INFRASTRUCTURE: Save Our Shaftesbury! There is an emerging plan to build 400 new dwellings adjoining Shaftesbury in Wiltshire (over which we have little or no control). There is also an application for planning permission for another 120 houses south of the A30. I am opposing these plans. But if they are forced through, I will fight for the schools, healthcare, employment and transport needed to service our increasing population needs. I will continue to  argue against the further overdevelopment of our town.

I BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY: Last year this County Council voted to scrap your elections for two years. I alone worked to keep your democracy safe by forming an online petition (Democracy for Dorset), going on TV, radio and newspapers as well as personally handing the local government minister, Sajid Javid, a letter asking for intervention. The result? You will be exercising your democratic rights in this election on May the 4th!

MAKING A UNITARY AUTHORITY WORK FOR SHAFTESBURY: As the District and County Councils move towards merging into a Unitary Authority, I will ensure that your needs are kept to the fore and not lost in the formation of this huge new organisation.

I WILL STAND UP FOR YOU: UKIP has NO party whip system! While others run to their party bosses for instruction, my direction will come from you, the people of Shaftesbury. And those that know me will tell you that I am very prepared to stand up and be counted. Unlike others I am NOT a cardboard cut-out party placeholder.


  • Attend Council whenever possible to speak up and vote on the matters that are important to you.
  • Continue to battle hard on a cross-party basis to retain the NHS beds in our wonderful local hospital.
  • Oppose the expansion of Shaftesbury into Wiltshire, where we have no say on developments.
  • Oppose the continued overdevelopment of our town.
  • Keep the needs of Shaftesbury firmly in the minds of policy makers as the unitary authority forms.
  • Always listen to you, the people of Shaftesbury and speak, vote and act for you.

Take a look at the 2017 UKIP Local Election manifesto HERE!

About the Author

Lester Taylor
Lester Taylor
Lester 'Jeff' Taylor is ex-military, a member of UKIP and a Shaftesbury Town Councillor.