Martin Costello was the UKIP Candidate for South Swindon
Martin Costello, 36, is a local Swindon man and has a Master of Science degree amongst his qualifications and has also served in the Wiltshire Constabulary as a Special Constable. He is standing for election on 8 June for the South Swindon Constituency on behalf of UKIP.
With a strong wish to serve the local community, he is determined to fight against the agendas running in the Local Council whilst standing against the Conservative candidate in the forthcoming election. He is working to resist the Council plans to push up Council Tax whilst cutting benefits for the most vulnerable, resulting in many slipping into poverty as our living standards drop and he feels it is his duty to stand up for the 'ordinary people' and say "Enough is enough"!
Martin said: "We have seen the largest increase of Council Tax in the United Kingdom under the most unacceptable of circumstances... all while MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson, despite being pressured appeared to do nothing to protect us, as was done in Surrey where a similar situation arose! The consequences of this have been more and more hard working Swindonian's throw in to poverty and I will not sit idly by while this happens!".
He intends to fight extremely hard to force a referendum on the Council Tax rises that were placed on the electorate with a flawed consultation process, and demand that this unacceptable decision which allows Council Tax to be totally uncapped should be reversed. Martin is a keen supporter of the NHS and believes the service should be restored to its former glory through his work with "Keep our NHS Public" Swindon branch.
"I promise that if elected I will do all I can to force the Government to make up funding shortfalls by scrapping folly's such as HS2, ensuring HMRC chase the corporate tax dodgers to recover monies owed and cutting the foreign aid budget by providing only to those who are in Humanitarian crises and this being in the form of assistance and food, medicine etc..... not with money, unless fully accounted for!".
Currently we have not found anybody in office willing to speak on behalf of the town. Martin would like to challenge the government on key decisions and ensure that Swindon is not neglected as it so often has been in the past. As a keen disciple of Nigel Farage,Martin Costello is extremely passionate about Swindon and wishes to hold those in power to account with the questions many people are thinking but are not asking. He believes our town is in desperate need ofbetter representation in parliament and we that can't rely on the Career Politicians from the red and blue partieswho are often elected.
This election is the second EU Referendum and Martin is your UKIP Brexit Candidate in the Constituency of Swindon South. He said: "The purpose of UKIP is not to form a Government but rather to be the strong opposition and hold the Governments feet to the fire to ensure the democratic voice of the nation is heard and we get the Brexit that we voted for with no watering down by Remainers pushing their own interests". The job indeed is only half done.
"My vision is to put this town and all Swindonians first and to divorce ourselves from career politicians, some of whom behave as utter hypocrites not living in the real world"
As a committed Swindonian and someone who has experienced life outside the 'Westminster Bubble' he is anxious to ensuring that our crumbling heritage such as the Mechanics Institute, Carriage Works and Locarno are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Costello is committed to equality for alland he vows to protect the most vulnerable in our society who have been neglected or discriminated against by giving the 'ordinary people' back their voice.
"If I am elected I promise that I will serve you and every single Swindonian of all faiths, culture and beliefs. I am a FIRM believe in equality for all. My desire is to speak up for SWINDON and I will seek to hold the Government to account for all the failings they have brought on us the 'ordinary people'!
This is a unique opportunity for Swindon voterstogenuinely turn the fortunes of their town by having a TRUE Swindonian stand up for her and help her inhabitantsincluding those of all faiths and cultures.
Conservative candidate Robert Buckland 24,809 48.4% share of the total vote +2.2%
Labour candidate Sarah Church 22,345 43.6% share of the total vote +9.1%
Liberal Democrat candidate Stan Pajak 2079 4.1% share of the total vote +0.4%
UKIPcandidate Martin Costello 1,291 2.5% share of the total vote -9.5%
Green Party candidate Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn 747 1.4% share of the total vote -2.2%
Published and promoted by Stephen Halden and UKIP Swindon, both at 10 Beaufort Green, Swindon, SN3 2AE