Reform UK plans to field candidates for mayor and council seats in May, and leader Richard Tice, a founder of the Brexit Party, spoke to a handful of backers in front of the Corn Exchange.
He unveiled Doncaster businessman Surgit Duhre as their mayoral candidate.
Mr Tice said it was vital to end lockdown, as the collateral damage was huge.
He said: “What Reform UK stands for is we’ve got to cut taxes for the lowest paid and the least well off; we’ve got to cut taxes for the self employed, for small businesses, because that’s how we’re going to create some growth again. That’s how we get better wages which is so important for towns like Doncaster where it’s really important that we get people back to work, enthused again, confident and growing again.”
He added: “Doncaster is a key town that has been left behind.
“We want to change politics for good.”
He said they wanted to reform the way institutions were run including councils, the House of Lords and the ‘bloated’ BBC.
“Doncaster is a fantastic place but needs to grow,” he said.
Mr Duhre wants to see the law enforced to deal with issues such as fly tipping and antisocial behaviour; and a nursing academy in the borough linked to a new hospital.
Mr Tice said Doncaster was not unique in problems such as drugs and homelessness and the solution was addressing the underlying causes. “One of the successes during the pandemic was helping get the homeless off the street, but there’s a sign it’s starting to slip back,” he said. “It needs action not words.”
Asked why the party was needed after Brexit, he said the point of Brexit was to look at opportunites as a sovereign nation. Now we needed to reform the economy.
He said problems experienced by Doncaster firms like World Feed with exporting goods since Brexit were due to teething problems with the Governments trade aggreement. and Britain should to refuse to pay ‘divorce payments’ until it is sorted.
He said; “This is the moment Boris Johnson needs to stand up against the bureaucrats and say enough enough, to sort out export problems here and now.”
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