First UK Non-Political Party

BLACKPOOL HUSTINGS AT THE CRICKET CLUB

'Politics is too important to leave to politicians'

Introduction

The Blackpool Gazette kindly organised a Hustings at the Blackpool Cricket Club on Thursday on 18 April 2024 for candidates for the Blackpool South by-election to be held on 02 May 2024. Damon was invited but had a previously booked engagement in Westminster, listen to his apology below. We have a note of most of the questions asked and forwarded them to him for him to make a video on his phone, so you could hear his response had he been there. We recognise that we have had an advance warning of the questions, so may be at a slight advantage to other candidates, but feel giving him a chance to respond now is better than no response at all. Also all candidates has an opportunity to prepare a 3 minute pitch about themselves and a bit about their manifesto, so Damien has prepared and recorded his pitch, which comes well under the allocated 3 minutes allowed. All other questions, except the last one, Damon, like all other candidates, has kept his response to 45 seconds. The last question was a question from the audience which was not limited to 45 seconds, but Damon still managed to keep his response short. If you want to speak to Damon about anything you can talk with him at the events we have advertised on his page, or send an email to us at NONPOL.

Apology

Firstly I am not from Blackpool, I live about 50 miles away, so I am in a unique position of seeing things from the outside. No disrespect to any of the candidates, but for the last 20 years you have had councilors who also have lived in Blackpool, have been successful in Blackpool either through their charity or business, but it appears they have not been able to fix Blackpool and have been part of the decline of Blackpool, so to be brutally honest, living in Blackpool does not seem to help, so I can offer you an alternative. My alternative is based on being part of the first UK non-political party.

3 Minute Pitch from Damon Sharp

Firstly I am not from Blackpool, I live about 50 miles away, so I am in a unique position of seeing things from the outside. No disrespect to any of the candidates, but for the last 20 years you have had councilors who also have lived in Blackpool, have been successful in Blackpool either through their charity or business, but it appears they have not been able to fix Blackpool and have been part of the decline of Blackpool, so to be brutally honest, living in Blackpool does not seem to help, so I can offer you an alternative. My alternative is based on being part of the first UK non-political party. We are not owned by anyone, we are not influenced by anyone and being small we are agile and can adapt very quickly but still have the backing of NONPOL at the national level. An MP’s job is to represent the Constituency in Parliament and for this we must spend 4 days a week in Parliament and only one day a week in the constituency. It is therefore the job of the councilors, not the MP to fix the day to day running of the constituency. As I am not politically aligned I can name and shame the councilors who are not doing their job. I can hold them to task and let you the constituents know what is really happening behind closed doors. I will make the councilor help fix Blackpool South because I can’t do it on my own. I am your stick to use locally and in Government to get things done. I am not contaminated with the local politics, or as NONPOL say, Bollotics so have no friends, sponsors or local interests to appease. I am like pest control where you bring in an outside expert to clean up the place. Blackpool South has the poorest postcode in the country, with my answers to your questions tonight I will explain how we can change that. I want to use the Blackpool South constituency as a model of how every constituency should be run because nearly all of your issues exist in most other constituencies. Let’s be the proud example for the rest of the country.

Question 1 - How to regenerate the town

We must chase the tourist pound but be affordable to local residents. We would make all parking and public transport free to all residents. We would enforce parking charges on all large retail sites like Tesco, Asda, B&Q etc, for them to fund the regeneration of our shops, high streets and markets. Of course, these retail parks would be free to residents. On-street parking and transport prices would increase to capture the tourist pounds, we know the south are used to higher prices. We would turn streets of boarded up shops into attractive areas such as Art or Bohemian quarters, similar to successful cities such as Birmingham. We would give free rates and subsidies to businesses that build these exciting quarters that attract tourists as long as they employ Blackpool South residents. Sell the vision and they will come.                    

Question 2 - Support the Youth

I would look to get the larger businesses to fund youth clubs in all wards. Besides being a fun and safe place for young adults, I would create different competitive leagues between the youth clubs such as football, including girls football, table tennis, online gaming like fortnite, and TV quiz games like countdown, the chase, pointless and the weakest link. I would also use this environment to help young people do their driving theory and have cyber security awareness training. Make it fun and the kids will come. My mom told me about the Co-op club and how it was a big part of our society 50 years ago.

Question 3 - The airport

Blackpool residents can’t afford to pay for the airport or take any risk with taxpayers’ money. I would offer the airport as a 5-year franchise to a large business or business consortium and let them find ways to make profit from the airport as long as they agreed to foster domestic and international passenger flights, such as to Shannon, Cork, Rotterdam and Lille, which re cheap EU destinations with affluent residents. I want the airport to cost us nothing, but for us to benefit from people coming from abroad to spend money in  Blackpool. The business that makes it a success deserve their profits as they would be bringing people to Blackpool. After 5 years the franchise could be worth millions, like the premiership TV franchise.

Question 4 -Pollution in our water

Pollution is illegal and I will see that the law is enforced. The Government raised water pollution fines in October from £250,000 to £250 million. I will work with the council to seek the highest fines from United Utilities, who are partially owned by Black Rock who are one of the richest companies in the world. I would then work with the Government to seek 50% of the fines go to Blackpool council as compensation to invest in the community and to cut council tax dramatically.  I would set up a new team in the council to be on pollution watch to ensure we sue the pants off United Utilities until all our rivers and sea are crystal clear or United Utilities go bankrupt. This could be a huge revenue stream to the council.

Question 5 - Crime on the street

Unless we are radical with the crimes on the streets of Blackpool South we will become a no go zone to residents and tourists alike. Our local police stations, what’s left of them, do not have enough cells to house these Blackpool miscreants and the ones that do, get released in the morning to attend court weeks later, leaving them more time to destroy our neighbourhoods. These dangerous and toxic people must be removed from our streets. We recommend an old cruise ship be anchored one mile out a sea and all offenders taken out to it immediately for processing the next day. The ship would be like a court waiting room where each criminal would be offered psychiatric help,  drug addiction help or total isolation for the hardened criminals. A court room would be on the boat to address the previous nights crimes and if needed sentence the criminals to time on the ship for their crimes. Above all the crime and criminals would be removed from the community.