Disabled ex-serviceman wants to help disabled ex-servicemen...
Ray Hall, the Beer, Baccy & Crumpet party candidate in the Eastleigh by- election has explained some of his plans for the future.
Clearly pleased with his progress to date, Ray Hall said;
This has been a good week for the Beer, Baccy & Crumpet party. We have moved through the field into 5th place and considering the BB&C was only registered as a political party 10 days ago, I am delighted with the progress that we have made. If this was a horse race I would be confident of winning. Remember Foinavon, a 100/1 shot in the 1967 Grand National. All the runners fell or pulled-up at the 23rd fence and Foinavon rode on to an amazing victory…
Like other candidates, Ray is also concerned at the election coverage, saying;.
I’m a bit aggrieved that the four main parties are getting most of the coverage.
I think its unfair if we don’t get a say or offered to have a say, because in a straw poll yesterday, I’m only two points behind the Lib Dems and two points behind Conservatives. They’re doing really badly, whereas Labour have 29 points. They’ve got as many points as Lib Dems and Conservatives put together…
Himself an old soldier, Ray Hall spoke of a cause that is close to heart, disabled ex-servicemen.
Ever since 1944, when my Mum and me used to walk to the shops in Barrow, our home at that time in Cumbria, there on the bridge was a young double-amputee soldier, propped into a wooden box on wheels, dressed in uniform selling matches off his lap. I have a clear picture of it, as if it were yesterday.
Sixteen years later, 1960, I was 30% disabled and discharged from the Army, the Royal Artillery, with a rail pass to Fareham, Hants, no compensation and a war pension of £2.15 a week.
In those days jobs were easier to find and after a couple of weeks on the dole, I found work in retailing and became a High Street manager in Oxford in 1963 before moving into self-employment.
I enjoyed 10 years as a riding stables owner in Hedge End, before the M27 cut through and closed the business.
Thence to antique dealing, before specialising in making retro silver photo frames. This is still my core business and hobby.
The army have never contacted me, but I’m very self-sufficient and lucky. Other guys are less fortunate and I would appreciate the chance to help and advise how to earn a living.
To this end, yesterday, I began the process of setting up a new charity, to be named “Thanks Guys!”
When asked later, to explain more about his plans for the charity, Ray said;
I’ve got my accountants to start the process and they’re applying to the charity commission for registration. Its a bit of a performance, but they’re going through the process. They’ve started. Its going to be about a couple of weeks probably to be completely registered. I’ve started the process to open a Bank Account. Its underway.
Called “Thanks Guys!”, its for disabled ex-servicemen, having been one myself, although I’m OK and look after myself now, but they ‘ve always had a bit of a rough deal and the other disabled ex-servicemen’s charities seem to focus on re-habilition, expensive infrastructure, like hospitals/gyms. My charity will give holidays and money for people to take holidays. It will be for the guys direct. There won’t be massive amounts of money spent on infrastructure, it will be for the people to take a holiday. That will be a help to them. That is basically the idea
Another of my proposals is for an organ transplant system. I did think that people that went on the register for that, I think they may be entitled to some sort of help, some sort of assistance, so I’m thinking along the lines maybe we’ll do something with that. But primarily its for holidays for disabled ex-servicemen and maybe their families as well, not necessarily completely free, but a lot of assistance.
Asked about fundraising for the charity, Ray said;
General charity fundraising. I’m hoping myself that what I might win, backing myself in the election, I can make a really big donation from there to get it started.
Also. Some of my family have disowned me because I’ve stood against the Conservative party. Those people that disown me obviously will no longer inherit from me, so there will be some funds coming from there…
Ray has also claimed, in a hand-written press release, that the Prime Minister diverted from the Southern Parishes Conservative Club on Thursday, because of his campaign at the neighbouring Beer, Baccy and Crumpet HQ, saying.
The Tories have had a terrible week…. On 21st Feb David Camerons ‘street cred’ hit rock bottom when he ran away from an ‘Old Contemptible’ displaying four small political posters, yes, me..!
Eastleigh News happened to walk through the car park at the Southern Parishes Conservtive Club that afternoon, when the Prime Minister was in the consituency. It was indeed very busy with a lot of activity at the Conservative Club, as though somebody important was expected.
Clearly making an impact on the election, pleased with his progress so far and thinking ahead, Ray is already planning his maiden speech for the House of Commons…
There are a total of fourteen candidates standing in the Eastleigh By-election. Here is the full list
1.Colin Bex – Wessex Regionalists
2.David Bishop –Elvis Loves Pets Party
3.Jim Duggan – The Peace Party
4.Ray Hall – Beer,Baccy and Crumpet Party
5.Howling “Laud” Hope – Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party
6.Maria Hutchings – Conservative Party
7.Dianne James –UKIP
8.Iain McClenann – National Health Action
9.Kevin Milburn – Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”
10.John O’Farrell – Labour Party
11.Daz Proctor – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
12.Danny Stupple –Independent
13.Michael Thornton – Liberal Democrat Party
14.Michael Walters – The English Democrats – “Putting England First!”