UK Independence Party Dorset North

UKIP sets up Shaftesbury Group

Steve Unwin with his wife Jane outside their house in Haimes Lane

The UK Independence Party continues its growth by officially launching a new group in Shaftesbury as its membership numbers across the country continue to flourish.

The UKIP Shaftesbury & District Group, with its own chairman, officers and committee of 12 members from the town, will form part of the UKIP Dorset North Branch and will meet on the first Wednesday of each month.

Matthew Brown, who was voted in unanimously as the group’s chairman, said: “Shaftesbury and the surrounding area has seen a surge of support for UKIP, as people continue to express dissatisfaction with the political status quo. Steve Unwin is part of the solution, and we are delighted to provide him with our full backing in his endeavours to be UKIP’s first Westminster MP.”

The UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Dorset North, Steve Unwin who has lived in Shaftesbury for twenty years, said: “It has been a real eye opener as to how many people from the Shaftesbury area have come forward to help UKIP achieve change locally”.

Representative for William Dartmouth MEP, Guy Parfitt, said:
“We are delighted that UKIP Dorset North is growing in size, and that PPC Steve Unwin has a new band of people committed to UKIP’s cause of independence and improving things at a local level. For people in the area, the UKIP Shaftesbury & District Group will endeavour to find out people’s concerns, so that Steve can do something about them, in the near future.”

To contact the UKIP Shaftesbury & District Group please e-mail

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