The UKIP Harrogate & Knaresborough branch covers the constituency area that is served by the local MP. However, we do serve locally across all of the Harrogate Borough.
If you live in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge, Killinghall, Dunsforth Ripley, Scotton Hampsthwaite or any of the various settlements in the vicinity, then you are with UKIP Harrogate! Welome!
UKIP Harrogate was formed like most UKIP branches around the Millenium. It fought the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general election with a very small team and sparse finances. In 2011, it put up a candidate in the local elections, taking 5% and coming last. Despite this, resolve to do better was strong, local membership was rising steadily and the branch came together for its first AGM in February, 2012.
A new Chair, Secretary and leadership team were elected and in the process, three candidates were put up for those years locals. In all cases, the candidates took one in ten votes, coming second in Killinghall, and third in Washburn and Spofforth. Whilst still with a small campaign team, coming second in Killinghall and beating a Coalition Party: the Lib Dems was an achievement to shout about.
In 2014 UKIP came second in the constituency with some 13 500 votes in the European elections and UKIP won three of the six MEP seats available in Yorkshire.
In the 2015 UKIP came third in the constituency with 10.6% of the vote in the general election and achieved 13.74% of the votes cast in the Harrogate Borough Elections.
The branch is now looking towards the Harrogate Borough Elections in May 2016 for the rural wards and will be looking to field a full set of candidates.