WILLIAM Dartmouth, the UKIP lead candidate in the South West, writes:
The European Union election on May 22 gives the people of the South West a chance to have their say on how Britain should be governed.
You hear all kinds of scare stories about how leaving the EU would be disastrous for our country.
Lib Dem Sir Graham Watson is already trotting out the old line that the South West would lose jobs.
The truth is that we could create more jobs and businesses in the South West if we left the EU, and were free to trade with the rest of the world.
Much has been made over the years of the fact that the South West has received millions of pounds from the EU, but it was our own money: part of the £55 million we're charged for membership every day.
Cornwall's share comes to £170 million per year.
Leaving the EU would revitalise our fishing industry, wrecked by EU regulations; end the pressure to build turbines and solar farms across our countryside; and give us a chance to provide more support to hardworking farmers.
Leaving the EU does not make Britain isolated in the world; it frees us – the world's sixth largest economy and ninth largest manufacturing nation – to trade with the growing economies of the world.
That is why I urge you to vote for UKIP on May 22.
Let's send a big message to the old parties, and win our country back.