2015 Parliamentary Adopted Candidates
As a former Mathematics teacher and General Secretary of UKIP, I was elected as the first ever UKIP MEP for North East England in May 2014.
I have worked hard for local people, raising their concerns in Brussels and Strasbourg and have spoken more times than any other British MEP of any Party since being elected.
Now, I would like the opportunity to make an even bigger difference. Currently living locally in Blackhall Colliery, I understand how people in the Easington constituency feel ignored by a Labour Party which has been complacent, expecting to win year in year out without doing anything for local people.
UKIP offers a real alternative: no tax on the minimum wage, proper apprenticeships and the chance to get local people back into work. After decades of Labour neglect, it's time to elect someone who will champion the needs of Easington not Islington in the British Parliament.
Born in Doncaster, but raised across the world in an RAF family, after a brief spell in the Royal Navy, I spent years in sales and marketing, before joining an international training consultancy in Wentworth Woodhouse in 1990, moving back to Doncaster at the same time.
An active member in the local Neighbourhood Watch, I have stood for the council twice and have been active in UKIP for two years. I have served as Chair and am currently Vice-Chair at Doncaster UKIP. Since joining I have helped UKIP build a Doncaster presence that saw the party getting to within 6% of the Labour vote in the last council elections, and membership has trebled.
I am committed to bringing some fresh thinking to Doncaster - a town that deserves so much more than it is currently getting - and to being an MP for the people of Don Valley, not using it as a stepping stone to high party office. As I am often heard to say, 'I have already had my career, this is giving something back'.
I am delighted to have received this nomination from UKIP
Peter Baillie joined UKIP in early 2013 and has been a highly active member of the East Hampshire Branch and its Executive Committee. He stood for selection as Parliamentary Candidate for East Hampshire and was adopted in April 2014.
His background is in journalism and corporate communications. He began his working life in weekly newspapers becoming the UK’s youngest editor before graduating to national journalism with the Daily Express.
Before he retired Peter spent five years as global head of communications for a leading investment bank followed by ten years as Director of Corporate Communications for GKN, an international industrial group employing 45,000 people around the world.
Peter says: 'Until the advent of UKIP, political thinking and debate in the UK was straightjacketed into a narrow consensus seemingly oblivious to things that really matter to people dealing with the realities of life.
'Now, for the first time in many years, they have a movement which resonates deeply with their experiences and their view of the world. Being part of UKIP sometimes feels like running with the flood tide of history'.
Peter lives in Headley Down and has been happy to call East Hampshire home for 30 years.
I have always had a keen interest in politics ever since childhood and like so many British people that grew up in the 1980’s, I was immensely proud of my country, our standing in the world and the economic prospects that were available to us.
When I started to see the devastation that the Blair years were causing and the inability of a weak coalition to turn the country around, I was shocked and saddened.
My level of frustration and anger at the Westminster village gave me no other option than to stand up and put my best foot forward. Like so many other ordinary people, I joined UKIP and the political earthquake that is shaking the establishment to the core.
I am a normal person with real life experience and I believe that’s exactly the type of person the people of this country want to see in Westminster.
Andrew Chapman now lives in Ottery St Mary, retiring three years ago in Church Stretton, Shropshire. He was heavily involved for 24 years in the life of his community both working, and as Chairman or Treasurer of many local Shropshire organisations, including Shrewsbury Swimming Club, the District of Hereford Bellringers Guild, and the local drama group. He also still plays a full season of cricket.
Andrew is the son of a family doctor and state registered nurse He was educated at Birchfield, Wolverhampton, Denstone College, and Goldsmiths’ College, London and is married to Amy.
Prior to moving to Shropshire in 1988, he began his career in 1969 with five years as a school teacher in Woking, Surrey, before building his Guitar Workshops business in 1976, a teaching and performing guitar school where he taught over 2000 students until 1987. Regrettable government policy then ended his business, and he retrained as an accountant, forming his own accountancy firm in 1990.
UKIP East Devon got 28% of the vote in the EU 2014 election, against 26% for the Conservatives and 6% for the LibDems. UKIP can win here next May.
As your local Member of European Parliament I aim to stand firm in the representation of UKIP and all those who voted to get me to this position.
I fight hard to put forward the views of the people of the West Midlands Region.
I take pride in my work and believe in everything I do, putting my full heart and soul into the cause.
East Worthing and Shoreham
Mike Glennon joined UKIP in 2003 after losing all patience with Labour, Liberal and Conservatives, who he feels have sold out British interests to unelected European socialists, for whom Britain is just a valuable asset for exploitation.
'UKIP is increasingly described as a people’s army and I suppose that’s why I feel so comfortable in this great and growing party', commented Mike. 'I am just a member of the community – not a career politician. If we, the people, do not take politics into our own hands, we will continue to be at the mercy of those elites, who demonstrate constantly, that they set out to rule us, rather than to serve us'.
After graduating in International Marketing and German, Mike spent 16 years in financial marketing, followed by 16 years as a college lecturer. Accounting and Politics were his main specialisms. Now retired, he is busier than ever as a county councilor, having taken 54% of the vote in his Lancing division. He is also UKIP’s leader at West Sussex County Council, which as the second largest group is the main opposition.
In conclusion he commented, 'In the 2013 local elections UKIP took a higher vote share than any other party in this constituency. At the last election in 2014 UKIP increased its lead further, taking 36% of the vote and beating the Tories into a 29% second place. All I ask is that local people hold faith in what UKIP stands for and vote according to their conscience – and we’ll be a step further to British independence'.
Mike lives happily in East Worthing with his Malaysian wife. His interests include global travel, British history and Japanese motorcycles.
Sam was born in the Welsh Valleys and is proud to call Caerphilly home. He has lived in Caerphilly with his wife Caroline and his daughters, Olivia and Louisa for the past five years and operates two successful businesses from within the area.
Sam previously graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Business Management with Marketing and spent two years volunteering to help improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa.
On weekends he can be seen supporting his beloved Cardiff City or helping to make a difference within the local community.
Having lived in the Cleethorpes constituency for almost 40 years and born in neighbouring Grimsby, I have worked in the area since leaving school, with the last 31 years at a local oil refinery. I have been involved in UKIP politics since 2009 and was the 2010 parliamentary candidate for Cleethorpes. Continuing to be active in local elections for UKIP, I was elected as an NELC ward councillor for Humberston and New Waltham in 2013, winning a subsequent election in 2014.
The son of a former fishing skipper, I am appalled that the EU Common Fisheries Policy has had such a devastating effect on the UK fishing industry. With fears for the future of UK industry due to EU energy policies, I also support the UKIP policy on grammar schools.
Recent opinion polls show UKIP as the third most popular party in the country after making history by winning the 2014 European elections.
UKIP now have eight North East Lincolnshire councillors and are looking to make more history again in May with a UKIP MP.
Now retired, I am delighted to have received this nomination from UKIP.
Dagenham and Rainham
Born in East London I lived here with my parents in a high rise council flat and housing for 21 years. Attending secondary school in East Ham I left at 16 after gaining a motor mechanic apprenticeship.
I progressed into management within the automotive industry and in 2006 I started my own small business in Dagenham. An area I have lived with my family for 26 years.
As a local businessman from a working class background I understand the needs of local people, because I’m one of them. I’m passionate about my local area serving as; President of Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Skills, Jobs & Enterprise Board, Governor of Barking & Dagenham College and as a Community Club Trustee.
With a reputation for plain speaking and community involvement I will fight tooth and nail on the issues that matter to people most such as uncontrolled immigration and the pressure it puts on schools, hospitals, GP’s, policing, housing and jobs.
Im committed to support those in society that need help most, young, elderly, homeless, low paid, special care needs, those reliant on food banks and hard working families. I believe that we can do better. I believe in democracy and above all I ‘Believe in Britain’.
Camberwell and Peckham
David Kurten is 43 and grew up in West Sussex. He studied Chemistry at St Andrews University before doing a PGCE at Bath University. He has been a Chemistry teacher for 15 years, taking a brief break to study for a Masters degree in Chemistry where he made a new chemical which can be used as a purple eyeshadow.
He has taught in both state and private schools in the United Kingdom, Botswana, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the United States and Bermuda, and most recently spent a year travelling the world delivering Chemistry and Theatre presentations and workshops on the ‘Einstein and Shakespeare on the Road’ tour sponsored by one of his former schools. He joined UKIP in 2012, when he was impressed by the libertarian streak in the party and the high value it places on the integrity of the nation state, the family and the Christian values on which this country is founded.
Brian is married with one child in university and three grown up children from a previous marriage and one grandchild. He is retired with a varied career in finance included Accountant, Bank manager, Practice Manager for a large firm of solicitors in Cardiff and Finance underwriter.
He has various interests including, walking, gardening and classic motorcycles. He joined the UK Independence Party in early 2013 after becoming completely disillusioned with the conservative party of which he was a member for two years under Cameron’s leadership.
He has stood for UKIP as a candidate for becoming an MEP and came seventh on the list and has also stood as a UKIP councillor in a county council election. He is currently the Chairman of Cardiff and District UKIP branch which includes five parliamentary constituencies.
As can be seen from the above I have a keen interest in finance and investment and am appalled with the way the Conservatives have failed to get a grip on reducing the deficit (they inherited from Labour) as they promised to have it down to thirty seven billion by May 2015.
Daniel Oxley was born in 1954 in St Helens, then in Lancashire but now in Merseyside.
He attended Tower College in Rainhill and later studied at the London College of music, where his main study was the piano. His further study included post graduate teacher training in music and religious studies. This was followed by work as a school teacher at a wide variety of schools including ones in the state sector and the private sector, a boys’ school, a girls’ school several co-ed schools and two international schools in Saudi Arabia.
He continues to take an interest in education and is a long serving school governor where he has particular responsibility for curriculum development. He currently works in tourism specialising in cultural travel involving performances mostly of opera but also of concerts and ballet.
He joined UKIP in 2003 and he has served in many UKIP branches, especially those in the North West of England and now in London where he lives.
He is the treasurer of one the Party’s newer branches, the one for the London Borough of Newham where he is enjoying the many challenges of standing as UKIP’s candidate for the parliamentary constituency of East Ham.
I currently serve as one of two UKIP MEPs in the East Midlands region and am UKIP’s Small Business spokesman. I have represented UKIP as a candidate in the General Election of 2010 (Sherwood) and in the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election in 2012, as well as on a number of occasions in local elections.
In the European Parliament, I sit on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee (IMCO) and the Gender Equality and Woman’s Rights committee (FEMM). I split my time between commitments in Brussels and Strasbourg and constituency work in the East Midlands from my office in Corby, where I have lived for many years.
I am not a career politician, having worked in and run a number of small businesses – indeed, I once worked for a small business association, representing them in Brussels to try and mitigate the negative effects of EU legislation on small businesses. I am the only East Midlands MEP from any party standing for parliament this May, and I am the only constituent for Corby who actually lives in the constituency, including the incumbent MP.
Anthony F Raybould
Married with two children and born in Pontypridd, South Wales. I now live in Dinas Powys. I went to school in Pontypridd, Rhydfelin and London.
After the war my father found work in London so the family moved there, I completed my studies at Bournemouth Secondary modern school Eastcote Middlesex.
The work my father had been doing was also coming to an end so the family returned to Ponypridd to the same house I had been born in.
I joined Brown and Lennox as a trainee gas and electric welder working in the foundry. I developed a number of skills in my life and done many different jobs, digging trenches, driving plant and machinery. I also gained my Certificate of Professional Competence in road transport and operated my own transport business.
I qualified as a sea captain on small sea craft, and also qualified as a pilot on single engine aircraft and also worked in the Middle East for several years in a managerial role and worked with many different nationalities.
I’ve been working with the local communities for some years now and sit on several committees. I am passionate about improving people’s lives and I believe I can make a better impact as a Member of Parliament.
Born in London to Wiltshire (Melksham) families Julia was brought up by her father John, an electrical engineer for British Rail, and her mother Joan, who both instilled in her a respect for Britain and its traditions.
Educated at John Bentley School (Calne) and University of Bath (BSc Hons Biochemistry/PhD Pharmacolgy), Julia is a research biochemist by profession and has worked both in the NHS and in industry. From 1999 to 2009, she was Head of Academic Research and Laboratory Manager at the Diabetes and Lipid Research Laboratory at Bath's Royal United Hospital (RUH). Prior to that she worked as a researcher in the University’s Biochemistry Department, the Wolfson Centre (RUH), Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases and Bath's Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases.
Julia has also worked at the Marion Merrell Dow Research Institute in Strasbourg, AutogenBioclear Ltd in Calne and from February 2011 to June 2014 she worked as a researcher in the European Parliament in Brussels/Strasbourg. A UKIP member since 1993 she was elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
Julia is married with a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. Julia's main hobbies are gliding and snorkelling and she is interested in Roman and Military history.
Andrew Smith met his wife in Buckhurst Hill, married in Loughton and lives in Epping where they raised their children. He chairs a leading local charity which encourages good building design and resists over-development. He led local residents to successfully preserve an important green area in Epping.
Andrew studied economics and trained as a Chartered Accountant. He travelled widely during many years in international insurance and reinsurance in the City and now advises new businesses, giving them help with finance, regulations, IT and management. This experience will be invaluable when representing voters in an increasingly difficult and complicated political and economic situation.
Andrew believes the Government will only be held to account if we elect committed MPs who are in touch with their Constituency, and that is long overdue. We should be governed from our own Parliament, not ruled by Commissioners in the EU.
He enjoys travel, both at home and abroad, and believes in free trade which benefits everyone, controlled immigration when it is beneficial and equality under the law for all our people. MPs have allowed our historic rights to be whittled away but they should be restored in this 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta.
Camborne and Redruth
I am founder member of the UK Independence Party, and have stood for election as a UK Independence Party candidate in local government elections, Parliamentary elections and European elections. In 2013 I stood as UKIP candidate in the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Election.
In 1997 I stood as UKIP candidate in the general election of that year in Falmouth / Camborne.
I am married with four children all of whom have been educated at local schools in the Penzance area.
By profession I am a Child and Educational psychologist, and have worked independently for over 20 years. I know what it is like to run a small business.
I believe that the history of our relationship with the European Union has been based on lies and trickery. The people of this country were conned by the Conservatives in 1972 and are still being conned by them as well as the Labour Party.
I believe in government of the people, by the people and for the people with MPs being accountable to their constituents and the Prime Minister being responsible to the MPs.
If elected I will represent the people of Hayle, Camborne and Redruth at Westminster. I will preserve the rights of our fisherman to maintain their fishing industry. I will oppose the concreting over of Cornwall. I will fight to attract industry to locate her in Hayle, Camborne and Redruth, and fight to maintain our National Health Service so that it is free at the point of delivery, accessible to all and not dependent upon the ability to pay.
Thirty years of persistent enthusiasm and positive thinking have helped carve out a progressive career in management, sales training and leadership within a number of result driven, international blue chip corporations such as British gas / American express / ADT home Security / and start-up businesses.
At the heart of my career is a passion for supporting and helping to bring the best out of the people I work with, train, coach or mentor while adding inspiration, impetus and ideas to people and processes that make individuals/ organisations and companies succeed.
As a corporate Personal Performance/ Christian life coach, professional mentor and conference facilitator I am passionate about personal development and in awe of the courage my clients and mentee's continually draw upon to step beyond their comfort zones. These same qualities are what I will bring to my constituency.
A member of parliament is first a member of the people who put him there and this is at the core of UKIPs policies, people empowerment.
I am 24 years old, married and a father to one. I am about to finish a 4 year Italian and Spanish undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. I was born in Cheltenham, raised in Gloucester and moved to Cardiff in 2011 to begin my university degree and have since settled here with my young family. I have done voluntary work for my Church in Italy, studied at university in Spain, worked for a charity in Italy and set up my own social enterprise business.
I am a member of UKIP because I believe in the importance of families, faith and freedom. I believe that citizens should be free to make the decisions that affect their communities. I believe that UKIP is the only political party in the UK that has created a platform of policies that will give people the tools they need to improve their own local communities.
Nigel Williams UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Delyn
I grew up in Flint. I have worked as a police officer, a maths teacher and in the NHS.
I support UKIP’s core principle of bringing democracy closer to the people. As an ex-police officer, having an effective and respected police service is close to my heart. I want to see a greater visible police presence on our streets and want the police to reclaim the respect from the public they had held for many years which has now eroded away.
Health services are also a priority and I will fight for better health facilities, where waiting times are reduced and people can see their GP straight away without waiting days or even weeks for an appointment.
We have seen a dumbing -down of our education system for many years and I will strive to ensure that this is no longer the case. I want children to respect our education system and see education as a privilege from which they gain better life opportunities. Married to Susan. I have three grown up children and a daughter of 16 still at school.
My hobbies are playing five-a-side football, cycling, walking my dogs and sword fencing.
I was born, educated and lived in London all my life. I’ve been a businessman for 25 years and am currently the Chairman & CEO of the Smile Group of Businesses. I have also served as an elected Councillor from 2006 – 2014. I am also the current Chairman for the Ealing Branch
My other work experiences include the following:
• Chairman of a NHS Trust from (2008 – 2013)
• Chairman of Business Link for London (2000 – 2008)
• Chairman of a Connexions Service (2002 – 2008)
• Deputy Chairman of Learning+Skills Council (2000-2008)
Dulwich and West Norwood
Graduate Rathy gave up her work to become a carer for her diabetic mother, giving her unique insights into healthcare and the challenges facing an overstretched NHS. UKIP will ensure the NHS remains free at the point of delivery. From a FOI request, King's College Hospital is owed £18 million for treating foreign patients since 2010. In a time of austerity and growing national debt, this could pay for over 40 GPs and cut the waiting times for local residents.
As your UKIP MP, I would ensure all foreign nationals visiting or migrating to the UK should have approved private health insurance unless they have paid National Insurance or have guaranteed payments upfront as a condition of their entry, which will stop this NHS tourism abuse. UKIP will also pour £3 billion a year EXTRA into the NHS to keep it as a free public service, funded by scrapping our £55 million a day EU membership fee.
Having been an LEA School Governor, I believe that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. UKIP says no to fees for degrees in Science, Medicine, Technology and Mathematics and offers other students apprenticeships. UKIP also supports grammar schools because they encourage achievement and social mobility.
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
John lives in the constituency in the small village of Llanpumsaint with his wife Carolyn and their pet Springer Spaniel, Penny.
John joined the UK Independence Party in 2007 and became an active member standing for UKIP in the 2010 General Election in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. John is currently the President of the Swansea Bay Royal Marines Association and Chairman of the Llanpumsaint Allotments Association. In the past he has been a school governor for one of the largest secondary schools in Plymouth as well as being the President of the RN & RM Swimming Association.
John is currently the Regional Organiser for UKIP in Wales and was the campaign manager in Wales for the European Elections in 2014. In his spare time he likes to support Swansea City AFC and enjoys watching sport at a local level.
As a local UKIP Councillor I am honoured to be standing for Parliament in Dudley South where I live, unlike candidates from the other major parties.
Labour and the Tories want to close or privatise local care homes and our medical Walk-In centre. Only UKIP have fought this and will scrap hospital car parking fees.
I do not have the money of big business or trade unions, that want to parachute people into Westminster. What I do have is local knowledge and pride in Dudley South where I was born and live. Vote UKIP get UKIP.
My name is Deborah Cairns and I am the PPC for Enfield North.
I am a parent and a grandparent, and work as a Learning Support Assistant with autistic children. I have only recently become interested in politics again after my introduction to UKIP. Before this I hadn’t voted for around 5 years, as I felt that the politicians didn’t speak for me and were all the same. I am now an active campaigner and Vice Chairman of the Enfield and Haringey branch I was the Campaign Manager for last May’s European elections. I am a committed and dedicated individual and will work tirelessly to make this campaign a success.
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Born in Bellshill, I have lived all my 21 years within the Coatbridge area. I attended Greenhill Primary School and Coatbridge High School before furthering my education at Motherwell College and now currently attend Glasgow University studying Economic and Social History.
As a passionate supporter of the party since the political world captured my attention at 15, I am a firm fan of many of UKIP’s policies such as withdrawing the United Kingdom from the European Union and giving the 'E.U. first' jobs back to young British workers, a policy which can only greatly benefit those living within the constituency I am standing for.
I am thrilled to have received this nomination from UKIP and I will be doing all I can in the coming months to gather the support of people from Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill. I hope I can represent the constituency by restoring a pride in being British and removing ourselves from The European Union which will enable us to spend some of the £50,000,000 we give up a day on vital social care and education.
I will often be campaigning throughout the constituency and hope the constituency can become part of the Purple Revolution.
Douglas was first elected to Parliament in 2005 as a Conservative by a slender 920 votes.
In August 2014, frustrated by their failure to deliver political reform, Douglas left the Conservative party and joined UKIP. He was the first MP in a generation to choose to resign from the Commons, and face a by-election when changing parties.
Douglas has been campaigning on local issues in Clacton, and is always available to help local people. He holds regular surgeries, and has spear headed efforts to safeguard local services.
Douglas had a proper job in business before standing for Parliament. He is married, with a young daughter. He loves gardening and makes his own jam.
City of Durham
I am delighted to have been selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the City Of Durham. I am considered by those who know me to be a down to earth, hard working individual and have been actively involved with UKIP for just over a year. I know from first hand experience how hard life has become for ordinary people living in the UK. As a carer for over 10 years, I understand the impact of Labour and Tory policies on disabled people and those who are desperately seeking work. Having worked my way up to Retail Management starting out at the minimum wage, I know just how hard life can be and the struggle we all go through to make ends meet.
I have joined UKIP because I believe they are the only party that provides honest, common sense, answers to the very real problems facing the UK today. As an active UKIP campaign manager and agent, I have spent a lot of time on the doorstep talking to people and listening to their grievances with the current government and with the Labour Opposition. As the PPC for the City of Durham, I believe I have the strength and tenacity to give a voice to the people of Durham.
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Born in Essex but raised in Suffolk, I am the son of an Engineer and the Stepson of a farmer.
I have a background in Fleet Management and served in the TA Royal Military Police for 10 years.
I’ve been running a driving school for the same amount of time and I’m passionate about Transport and Defence.
I was born in Torquay and have always lived and worked within about 15 miles of the Central Devon Constituency where I have the honour of representing UKIP in the 2015 General Election.
I was educated at Torquay Boys Grammar School and passionately believe in selective education.
I worked for 36 years in the Tax Office, retiring early as an Inspector of Taxes prior to the closure of Launceston Tax Office.
I live with my wife and younger son in Launceston, my elder son is living with his wife and family in Central Devon.
My first political act was to vote NO in the 1975 referendum on continued membership of the EU. Nothing subsequent has changed my opinion and I am convinced Great Britain would be Greater out. We could then govern ourselves as we wish.
I am a digital marketing specialist based in central Edinburgh. Originally from London, I spent many years living in the United States before moving back to the UK for University, attending St Andrews where I read International Relations.
I have been a member of UKIP for three years and originally was drawn to the party by the values of individual rights, direct democracy and our stalwart defence of freedom of speech. I am currently serving as Edinburgh & Lothians Branch Treasurer and have been active in Young Independence, serving as Deputy Communications Officer responsible for YI’s social media and website maintenance.
I believe that everyone should be free to live their lives as they see fit without government interference, provided they do not harm others or become an undue burden on our public services. There is a role for a limited state in our society but not the current nanny state we have. Government should either be helping people or getting out of the way. We must empower individuals by rolling back state intrusion and allowing people to live their lives freely.
Patricia Culligan has worked in Hampshire for over 25 years as a lecturer; social worker and trainer. She also understands the pressures on small businesses, co-founding an energy insurance organisation where she works as a consultant.
She is married with three children, all now in their twenties. Patricia is the daughter of an immigrant who came to the UK to work in the factories of Manchester. She attended grammar school herself and believes all children should have the chance of an equally excellent academic or vocational education.
Patricia has worked with many organisations including the British Legion and Animal & Environmental charities. She actively supports the campaigns for justice for child abuse victims. She was a candidate in the MEP elections and retains 6th place in the SE. Patricia lives in Eastleigh town.
Patricia works closely beside Hampshire’s UKIP County Councilors to give the public a real voice based upon UKIP’s Commonsense way of working. She is a founder member of HALT (Hampshire Against Land Threat) and strongly believes in protecting our green spaces for all to use- not concreting over our heritage.
Denton and Reddish
My realistic, achievable aims as a member of the NEC will be: building a successful relationship between UKIP members, activists, MEP’s and the leadership; introducing regional nominations; enabling successful governance through cohesion, transparency and successful relationships between grassroots and leadership and using social media to connect with as many people as possible.
By achieving these aims, this will improve the overall relationship between party members and enable party reform.
The fundamental aims of UKIP are to leave the EU and control immigration. By pursuing these policies, this willlead to seats in Westminster next year.
I have all the necessary skills, experience and dedication to achieve these aims and I am a committed activist who usessocial media on a regular basis, at which I am technically very proficient.
Ealing Central and Acton
Peter Florence’s background is as an entrepreneur and businessman for thirty years. He has set up several successful technology companies and created dozens of jobs. He has founded companies in the special effects, animation and new technology sectors in the UK and in USA.
His companies have developed technology and products in film production, digital radio, television and financial software. As the CEO of several small businesses he understands the needs of the small business that are so vital for our economy.
Peter joined UKIP in 2011 when it had become increasingly clear to him that the EU vision of Europe was flawed with the UK losing control of its own law making and its own borders, and that the introduction of the Euro had brought austerity, unemployment and conflict among many countries.
Peter is a committed UKIP member attending UKIP conferences and helping to campaign in Rochester in 2014, and he is now the UKIP candidate for Ealing Central & Acton.
I was born and brought up in the East Midlands, where I attended a local Grammar School. After university I moved to Croydon in 1971 and have lived in the Croham ward of South Croydon for nearly 30 years. Both my children were brought up and educated in the area.
I have a degree in German and qualifications in several other European languages and have worked in both England and Germany, mostly as a translator. A change of career into statistics led to my becoming a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
I was joint author of a submission to the Institute of Economic Affairs’ prestigious Brexit Prize which reached the shortlist of 17 out of 149 entries in 2014. Leaving the E.U. is but the first step in re-building democracy and equality of opportunity, involving the revitalisation of manufacturing industry, the return of grammar schools, and proper control of our borders.
Jim Gascoyne has been selected by UKIP Canterbury branch members as their Parliamentary Candidate in May 2015.
Jim has been a Canterbury resident since 2001 after living at Selling, near Faversham for 22 years. As a young man, he worked as a VSO volunteer on agricultural projects in Nigeria, and on his return worked in the City of London at a specialist bank, financing imports into both West and East Africa.
When he married and became a father, Jim left the City and ran two small businesses, one selling machinery to farmers, builders, councils and gardeners, and the other being a village store and post office.
In 1988 Jim qualified as an English language, negotiation and cross-cultural awareness trainer working with politicians, business executives and civil servants across Europe and the Far East.
He is a former member of the Chartered Management Institute and has been the president of both the Chaucer Speakers Club and the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise.
He previously stood for election, as the UKIP candidate, to parliament in the 2001 general election and to Kent county council in 2013. Jim is also currently the chairman of the Canterbury UKIP branch.
I was born in London’s East End in 1963 to working class parents, my father being a Stevedore in the Royal Group of Docks, although my interest in ancestral history shows that my forebears came from Ireland, France and Germany. After leaving school, I initially qualified as a Chartered Builder and practised for several years as a quantity surveyor. I then subsequently retrained and qualified as a lawyer, with my practice area being in construction. I have been married to Laura since 1990 and have 2 daughters, and we have lived in the East Midlands since 2001.
I had never been a member of any political party until I joined UKIP in 2008. The reason for joining UKIP was because it was the only party which ‘ticked all my boxes’ on such matters as the EU, criminal justice, national border controls, defence and energy. Since joining UKIP, I have been an active member both regionally and nationally.
The son of a trade union leader, Christopher Gillibrand graduated from Oxford with a degree in chemistry. He also has an MBA from the University of Greenwich.
Widely travelled in Europe, he lived for ten years in Brussels and has direct experience of the EU at work. By profession, he is a translator, running his own small business.
He has also worked in the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. His hobby is book collecting.
I was born in Epping in 1971, and moved to Harlow before my first birthday, and have lived in the same house now for 41 years - so I'm a true Harlow boy who wants to give back to his community. Unlike the Conservative or Labour Candidate I've served on Harlow Council. I believe in an EU referendum, a cut in the Overseas Aid Budget, getting rid of the bedroom tax, reducing Council Tax and a real policy of Harlow Homes for Harlow people. But most importantly I believe I'd be a proper listening MP who knows that his job is to serve his constituents - rather than tell them what they are getting!
It's time for a change - it's time to vote for Mark Gough! It's time to vote UKIP!
Robin Grey was born in Lancashire but grew up in Sydney, Australia where he served a five year apprenticeship in engineering before returning to the UK in 1971.
He studied social work at the University of Southampton and worked in that profession for 13 years including a several years as a case worker in a tough area of Southampton.
At 38 he decided to start his own business and has been in business ever since. He has had a broad experience of life and has always had a keen interest in the political world and has a sharp recollection of some of the key events in the UK’s political journey. He recalls the three day week of 1974, the rampant inflation of the Wilson government of the 1970’s and the rise of Margaret Thatcher.
Robin has never been a member of any party until joining UKIP in December of 2012. In 2013 he ran as a UKIP county councillor for Dorset and achieved 47% of the vote and only lost by two votes after two re-counts. He had the 6th best result of the 1700 UKIP candidates for county elections who stood that year.
Robin is a keen historian, a resident of the Christchurch constituency and is married with three children.
I am a lecturer teaching Electrical Engineering to further and higher education students, guiding with my colleagues the student’s transition from school pupil to the junior engineer of the future. Engineers many of which will ultimately become the managers of the UK Petrochemical, Steel, Oil, Gas and Power industries in years to come.
Educated at Teesside University obtaining a bachelor of engineering honours degree, followed by a post graduate teaching qualification at the University of Huddersfield, I care compassionately about my country and its people, and was greatly troubled at the lack of investment over previous decades in the UK’s infrastructure such as the Power Industry, Public Services and particularly the NHS and Elderly Care.
With an engineer’s knowledge of mathematics, I understand just how prosperous our great country actually is, but know the UK is haemorrhaging its life blood in the obscene squandering of our valuable resources.
I want to stop this appalling waste and have stepped forward to offer my services to my country, so that all its citizens may benefit from vastly improved public services, a superior NHS, high quality care for the elderly and improved quality of life for all our people.
Shaun Vincent Hopkins
Shaun Hopkins was born and bred in Stockport. At 17 he went to serve his country, firstly in the Royal Navy and then in the Royal Marines for 13½ years. He gained field promotion to Sergeant. Shaun worked overseas supporting British, US, NATO troops in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan for over eight years.
After returning to the UK Shaun decided that he wanted to serve his country in a different way and stand as an MP to represent the people of Cheadle.
Shaun is a parent of four sons, one in the Fleet Air Arm, one in the process of joining the Royal Navy as an officer, one ski instructor in Austria and one at Strathclyde University studying chemical engineering. Shaun is a firm supporter of UKIP’s policy on Grammar Schools having passed the eleven plus himself.
Recent Opinion Polls show UKIP as the 3rd most popular Party in the country with nearly 1 in 5 people saying they will be voting UKIP next year. UKIP then created history by winning the European Elections last May.
Shaun is honoured to have received this nomination from UKIP.
I am an Edinburgh born Scot. My father was a Dunfermline vet and my mother an Ayrshire doctor. My maternal grandfather was a minister of the Kirk.
I read chemistry at Durham University and law at the University of Buckingham. I was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple.
After qualifying, I lived in London and worked first in local government. I was a volunteer at the Free Representation Unit representing people in social security appeals and industrial tribunal cases. I was then a welfare rights lawyer in North Lewisham Law Centre. After that I was an asylum caseworker at the Refugee Legal Centre.
On the death of my father, I returned to Scotland, and for the last fifteen years have run the family business - a large cattery and kennels near Edinburgh airport.
I joined UKIP in 2009, because I wanted my country back. I have stood at every level from local council to the European parliament. In 2013 I stood in the Aberdeen Donside by-election for Holyrood.
I am married with three children. We have lived for the last 12 years in Cramond in the Edinburgh West constituency.
Stephen Leslie Ingram
City of Chester
I was born in Chester, and have been a lifelong resident. I am proud to be UKIP`s prospective parliamentary candidate for the City of Chester in 2015.
Married for 29 years to Elaine, we have three children aged 18, 21 and 26. I have had a wide range of employment experience and my own business for some years.
In the past I have worked as a support worker assisting people with learning disabilities, worked in factories and as a cleaner. I now have my own cleaning business.
I believe my experience will help me to represent the hard-working people of Chester.
Gethin is married with four young children and is the fourth generation of the James Family to have lived in Aberporth in Ceredigion.
Gethin spent his early career as a long distance lorry driver, working all over Western and Eastern Europe and later in a medicine manufacturing facility. He was first elected to represent Aberporth Ward on Ceredigion County Council in 2004, and was Cabinet member Environmental Services and Housing up until March 2014.
Gethin said ‘I joined UKIP last March because I truly believe in their message. We have given our sovereignty away to UN elected EU commissioners, and that uncontrolled open border immigration has coincided with soaring youth unemployment and stagnant wages that have not kept pace with the cost of living’.
Gethin is a fluent Welsh speaker, and since joining UKIP Gethin has been at the forefront of UKIP's campaign in Wales and regularly represents UKIP on Welsh language media. Ceredigion is one of Wales's Welsh speaking Heartlands. In the European Elections 2014 UKIP came second to Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales with over 20% of the vote.
Erith and Thamesmead
In 1996 I started a degree at London South Bank University studying UK and European Social Policy. This helped to shape my current views on the historical and current benefits and pitfalls of Britain’s role in the EU. My final dissertation was in 1999 and achieved a 2.1.
I have been married for over 20 years and my wife and I have 3 children. We live Abbey Wood in Greenwich London.
I am Director of a regional youth charity, helping young offenders. I have been in post for over ten years.
I stood as UKIP candidate for Plumstead, Greenwich in the 2014 Local Elections and managed 2nd place.
In UKIP I have been an active campaigner; leafleting and canvassing in Rochester and Strood in 2014 to help get our 2nd MP elected.
After over 40 years of being a confirmed Labour supporter, and getting disappointed every subsequent year I joined UKIP in 2008/9. .
Corwen resident, Mandy Jones, comes from a very, hard working, outdoor, background.
Mandy was a shepherd & farm contractor in the area for 14 years & then ran her own business, whilst also taking in rescue dogs.
She is passionate about wildlife & used to rehabilitate wild injured, Birds of Prey, under her DOE license, in conjunction with the local vet.
Mandy has brought her family up in the Corwen area & all of her grown up children are fluent Welsh. She also attended Llysfasi College, for many years, doing various, ongoing, courses in Agriculture & attained Student of the Year in June 2000, in Small Animal Care.
Mandy is also a qualified teacher, in Adult Education & Special Needs, having studied in Yale, Wrexham.
Nigel Jones is a historian, journalist who writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines and has frequently appeared on TV and radio.
Nigel is co-founder and a director of the company www.historicaltrips.com which takes visitors to historical sites in Britain and around the world. He guides groups to the First World War battlefields of the western front in Flanders and France, and to Nazi sites in Germany. He is a recognised authority on both subjects, and frequently lectures on them at locations including the Imperial War Museum, schools, and literary festivals.
The author of eight books on modern history and biographies, Nigel became increasingly alarmed at the threat posed to British democracy by the European Union while working for seven years in Germany and Austria.
He joined UKIP in 2010/11 and in 2013 was runner-up to Diane James at the hustings to choose UKIP's candidate for the historic Eastleigh by-election; and was a candidate in the South-East for the European elections in May 2014, speaking at public meetings across the region.
In January 2014 he was chosen as prospective Parliamentary candidate for Eastbourne, where he is currently campaigning hard in the run-up to the General Election. He made seven visits to Rochester & Strood to help in Mark Reckless's successful by-election campaign.
Nigel and his partner Lally live in East Sussex, and have three children.
A bricklayer by trade, I run my own small building company. I have served the community for 22 years as a fire-fighter and was the union representative at both local and National level. Born in Carrickfergus, I have lived in the town all my life with my wife and two sons.
Old-party politicians have lost touch with the people. East Antrim deserves better. It’s time for change. The people want change. East Antrim needs investment, regeneration, jobs and help to rebuild our communities, villages and town-centres. Unless you know what it is to go without, live on a tight household budget, manage on a declining income, or be unemployed, you cannot appreciate how ordinary people live and the fears they have to face. I do because, as a family, we have been in all those situations. I understand what people are going through.
Vote for someone who cares.
Having fought Chipping Barnet for UKIP in 2005, I am delighted to have been selected again for 2015.
My political interests are wide-ranging, and in addition to Europe and Migration, include Foreign Policy, the Economy, Transport, Housing, Higher and Further Education, and the promotion of Small and Medium Size Enterprise.
I love the European continent, where I have family connections and business interests. However, the UK must withdraw from the EU, then negotiate a close trading agreement. We should co-operatein as many fields as possible, but without being ruled from Brussels. UKIP is the party for me because of its common-sense and non-ideological approach to the issues, putting the national interest first and combining the best traditional values of what used to be Toryism with elements of Old Labour.
Epsom and Ewell
Robert is a chartered accountant and a certified accountant who has been self-employed since 1986, having previously worked in various companies as company secretary and chief accountant.
Since being self-employed, Robert has had more than 40 books published, mainly on tax and payroll. He also writes for newspapers and magazines. Most of his work is now lecturing, where his clients include leading accounting firms, public companies and even HM Revenue and Customs itself.
In addition, Robert is qualified as a musician. He plays the organ in church and the piano in a dance band.
Robert is married with three grown-up children. He is a Christian, and served on General Synod for ten years between 1995 and 2005. He is currently the chairman of The Church of England Newspaper.
For 12 years to 2011, Robert was a Residents Association member of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council representing Auriol ward. For four years, he was chairman of the planning committee, and for 14 months was chairman of the ruling group.
He decided to stand down from politics to move on to other areas, but became so concerned about how the country was being run that he joined UKIP and was persuaded to stand as their candidate.
Crewe and Nantwich
Unlike many of our current political class I am not a career politician.
I have lived and worked in the real world for the past 49 years, suffering from the same fears and frustrations as everyone else: that of our children and grandchildren’s education. The uncontrolled immigration to our country that has seen our public services and the NHS stretched to bursting point. I also know what it feels like every time a utility bill hits the doormat, not knowing what other stealth tax has been added in the name of climate change.
For far too long now our politicians have hidden away in their Westminster bubble, losing touch with what is really happening in the real world, not listening to the people they are elected to serve – In short, they have let you down!
Every day we hear of more and more people relying on food banks just to get by, while our politicians are happily sending £1 billion every month abroad in foreign aid. How can this be right and fair?
Over the years this constituency has had Labour and now Conservative representation, yet nothing ever seems to change for the better. I say ‘Enough is enough’ and it’s time for change. Please support me in 2015.
David was selected as PPC in January 2014. A local businessman, who like his father and both children attended Dover Grammar School, he is determined to revitalise an iconic constituency that has been neglected for decades by successive governments of both parties.
David was a founding member and director of Dover Town Team, which involved running a weekly street market, raising funds and helping with community initiatives on a voluntary basis. His printing and publishing company produces several local interest magazines including Dover Life and Cinque Ports Life. He lives in Deal and is a member of Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club.
Dover & Deal are in desperate need of regeneration which can be achieved by investing the money raised from the busiest passenger port in Europe directly into the local community. Health facilities, schools and the road network all need improving; this can be done by means of a levy collected on port traffic.
'As somebody whose family worked in the Kent coalfields I am acutely aware how East Kent has been allowed to decline in terms of education and job opportunities for local people. I am a great believer in localism and will campaign and work hard to regenerate the Gateway to England'.
Edinburgh South West
Originally from England, I have lived in Edinburgh for the last twenty years, now residing in Colinton with my wife and two sons.
I teach in an independent boarding school. After eight fulfilling and frenetic years as a housemaster looking after a boarding house full of boys, I have now returned to just teaching to allow time for other activities – including politics!
Through my involvement with the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, I have debated publically with politicians from every Holyrood party, as well as an assortment of secularists, humanists, Muslims and Christians. My letters regularly appear in The Scotsman newspaper and The Guardian recently published my defence of UKIP’s immigration policy from a Christian perspective.
I enjoy hill walking, motor racing, reading philosophy, playing the trumpet, classical music, and I am something of an amateur magician.
Carshalton and Wallington
Bill comes from Scotland from a family of fishermen, an industry a casualty of EU fishing policy.
He is medically retired from the Metropolitan Police after having lost his leg in a traffic accident. He served as a constable, a detective, in royalty protection and as a uniformed sergeant.
Bill is married and has two adult children, all have working connections to the NHS. Bill wants to ensure the NHS is protected for the public and is free at the point of use. He helps to run a Circle of Support for those who have suffered from mental health issues.
Bill helped revitalize the local branch in Sutton. He worked to ensure the electorate had a choice to vote UKIP at the 2014 local and EU elections. He is particularly proud that he was part of the team that won the popular vote for UKIP in the EU election in Sutton, one of only 3 London boroughs to do so.
Polls in the constituency show that UKIP has made great progress and he believes that the constituency is headed for an exciting conclusion as a three way marginal where the eurosceptic vote could be crucial to the electorate’s decision.
I am a former Hotel Worker who was born in Hong Kong but grew up in East Lothian a small county bordering Edinburgh.
Got involved with UKIP at the dawn of 2012 after having supported the party for much of 2011 and have since stood in a council election and worked directly for David Coburn MEP whilst studying TV at Edinburgh College.
Alan Gordon Melville
Edinburgh North and Leith
Alan Melville was born in Edinburgh and has lived in Leith since 2007.
He attended university at Edinburgh Napier (twice), York, and Chichester and laughingly admits to having more letters after his name than in it 'For the good it does. I was on the dole and kept being told I was overqualified – what can you do?' A full Blue (American football) and former student president at Napier, he remains a committed supporter of university gridiron and of adult education.
He believes that post-school education is good for everyone, and wants to see more evening and part-time courses offered by all Edinburgh's universities.
'Scotland has a proud tradition of education going back to the 12th century. We need to get back to that. We let too many of our people fall by the wayside in the name of 'equality'; people should be encouraged – and have the facilities – to improve their lives'.
I am delighted to be given the opportunity to represent, and work for you at this crucial upcoming election.
I grew up and went to school in Eddisbury and have maintained a keen interest in the issues which affect us here at the local level. For instance along with other UKIP members I have campaigned against the proposed HS2 high speed rail link, which will devastate our area whilst bringing no discernable benefit. Indeed our current MP Mr O’Brien neglected to vote on this issue such was his commitment to the issues affecting Eddisbury.
Mr O’Brien also voted against giving you a say on our EU referendum, although he did find time to vote in favour of an increase in our overseas aid budget however, whilst defence and so many other key areas were subject to drastic cuts. I believe that does not represent the best interests or wishes of the Eddisbury people I know so well.
As a former soldier and veteran I welcome the opportunity to now fight for you at Westminster and provide real representation for Eddisbury on crucial issues as your MP. Vote UKIP on May 7th for democracy and good sense for our country.
Fiona has lived in Carlisle most of her life and attended Trinity School. She has 9 ‘O’ levels, 4 A levels, an HNC in Business and Finance and is a qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Fiona spent 3 years working at the Cumberland Building Society and then moved to the NHS where she has worked in various Trusts across the country for 22 years. She has always worked closely with clinicians to try to deliver quality services for patients and value for money for taxpayers. She is currently employed by North Cumbria University Hospitals.
Fiona joined UKIP because she believes in the party’s core values of freedom, democracy and prosperity. EU exit is her top priority; closely followed by improvements to the NHS. She has come to the conclusion that she cannot change the NHS from within, so hopes to influence positive change from the outside.
I was born in Salford, and grew up believing that I was the eldest of two but recently learned that I am the eldest of nine all of whom have turned out to be UKIP supporters.
I am pleased to be married to Joy and we are living our dream, running a smallholding in Wales. We have seven grown up children, all graduates with successful careers, and twenty three grandchildren. We are committed, active Christians, concerned about the marginalisation of Christianity in the UK.
I am heartily sick of the dishonesty permeating politics in Great Britain, opposed to the destruction of the beauty of Wales by the proliferation of wind farms and believe that there are other, better sources of renewable electricity that are being virtually ignored.
The performance most of our Health and Education Authorities is poor and the funding received by Wales from the Westminster Government is in urgent need of review.
More could, should and must be done to strengthen the Welsh language and culture and decisions effecting only Wales should be made in Wales and not in Westminster or Brussels.
Chelsea and Fulham
A life-time resident of the London Borough of Sutton. The majority of my working life has been spent in the private sector in finance. I currently hold a qualification from the Institute of Credit Management. At present I work as a finance assistant for the Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability.
My political experience began in 2000 when I joined the Conservatives. During which time, I held various positions in the local association, that included, Deputy Chairman for political and campaigning, and association chairman. I have always believed in the concept of the National Health Service, yet we see so many NHS Trusts, failing to maintain standards of care and hygiene. Now is the time to put this right.
It is time for Britain to leave the EU, so that we can control our own borders, make our own laws without being dictated to by Brussels and Strasbourg.
We are the only Party that stands for real democracy. I firmly believe that when the good people of Chelsea and Fulham realise just how the traditional parties have let Britain down, that come May 7th 2015, this constituency will be in the UKIP Colum.
Born in Doncaster in 1953, I attended local schools before Nottingham University. I worked for ICI until 1990 then became self employed, returning to Doncaster in 1997.
As an ex School PTA chairman who was on a rota taxiing disabled people, I am actively involved with local Internal Drainage Boards and am concerned that Doncaster will suffer serious flooding without urgent dredging of the River Don.
Like many, I supported entry into the Common Market, believing that anything bringing us together and stopping another war in Europe was good. I am now horrified by an EU superstate with hidden agendas about which the UK electorate has no say.
A floating voter, I became so dissatisfied with UK politics that in 2005 I circulated a ‘Plea for Help’ to most politics lecturers in the UK. It is still published on the internet: www.activedemocracy.net/articles.htm
I regard our current politicians as periodically elected dictators, not representatives. One evening whilst watching TV I saw a report on UKIP. They wanted what I wanted: more democracy; out of an EU that had developed without our consent and for the UK electorate to have the right to the final say about major issues if they choose to.
Having lived in Colchester all my life, I am from a family that has lived in Colchester for several generations. I attended local schools as a child, and began my working life in our town Centre. I run my own businesses in the Colchester area, in the transport and property sectors, employing local people.
I now have five children, and two grandchildren. Now fifty seven years old, I feel just like I did at thirty with a zest and enjoyment of life which is as strong as ever. I am a member of a local church, and I have in the past served as a local school governor, and a parish councillor.
I am a founder member of UKIP’s Colchester Branch, and have had the privilege of being UKIP’s parliamentary candidate for Colchester in the 2010 General Election. During this campaign I was able to talk to very many Colchester residents, and gain a good understanding of the hopes and concerns, of the people.
I believe that I am well placed to represent Colchester in the General Election as UKIP’s candidate, because I know the town and its people well, I live and work here, and I am fully aware of what it will take to become a really effective MP for the people of Colchester.
I am married with two children and have been self employed for 26 years, over 24 of those years living and working in Wiltshire, so, I understand the day to day problems we all have. If elected I will work for the good of the people here in the Devizes Constituency, not for Westminster and not for Europe. We need local matters decided by local people. UKIP as the common sense party understands and acts for the people.
Two years ago I was elected as the first UKIP Councillor on Wiltshire Council, so I know what it is like to be ignored and treated with contempt by a remote ruling elite. Let us make our own decisions and give democracy and our country back to the people.
If elected I will work to bring about:
• Affordable Housing for Local People: Sympathetically planned to conserve Wiltshire’s beautiful green spaces
• Pothole Repair and Prevention: Wiltshire roads crack and crumble while EU spends billions of UK taxpayers’ money on building motorways in Eastern Europe.
• Ensuring UKIP’s Military Covenant is honoured.
• Our money should be used for local services, not for the EU.
Born and brought up in Croydon, I come from a line of vicars, teachers, medics and civil servants. Graduated with a BSc. from Edinburgh University in Physics, having also attended Economics lectures for two years out of interest.
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and later as a Chartered Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse in London. After turning down a prospective partnership in Oslo after a year spent on assignment to Shell in Norway, left Price Waterhouse to return home to the UK and spent 14 years subsequently as finance director for two medium-sized organisations, the first being one of London’s largest housing associations and the second a firm of surveyors in the City where we managed to survive the recession of the 1990’s remaining profitable throughout.
Married to Joanna since 1984 with four children, family has always been my first priority, and I went self-employed in 1996 to better support them.
Joined UKIP last May when it dawned that Cameron was never going to do anything effective about immigration or Europe. Attended Doncaster conference and campaigned in Clacton and Rochester.
Educated at Cockermouth Grammar School, studied Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University and then spent my career in the oil industry, UK and abroad.
I have a base in Cockermouth to enjoy mountaineering, coast routes etc. I always believed the ‘European Project’ would end in tears but UKIP’s Policies across all areas of Government will restore UK to an independent, democratic country that meets all our needs. Copeland has many issues,
• Too much emphasis on wind farms
• Insufficient medical services
• Bringing in tourists to create wealth and jobs.
• Upgrading of the road infrastructure and public transport
• National issues such as Nuclear Energy/wind farms/onshore fracking/offshorehydrocarbons/lost coal industry.
Copeland Constituency has a very large and unusual shape and Cockermouth gives easy direct access to Whitehaven, Egremont, Keswick areas and to Millom and the south. UKIP will reach out to everyone in Copeland.
I was born in the East End of London, spent the first seven and a half years in North London, then moved to the Hornchurch, Essex area. I moved to Salford aged sixteen and a half and spent approximately fifteen years living and working there.
I have worked in a variety of capacities to fit around my children, often being self employed. I have worked in retail, offices, short term factory work and now am a Law Librarian/Online Seller.
I moved to and have lived and worked in The Colne Valley for over 30 years. My four youngest children have been born and schooled here.
I studied Law as a mature student gaining a BA(Hons)Law and PGDip. in Criminal Justice Studies. Having enjoyed the friendship and valued custom of the Colne Valley People, I feel it is time I gave something back.
To represent the people in the capacity as an MP would be a way to do that. I would work to bring money back to where it belongs-the people in the UK, especially the Colne Valley Constituency People and to alleviate the poverty that has been brought about to our society, abolish the bedroom tax and much more.
I have lived in Calderdale all my working life, since 1981 in Stainland.
I am now self-employed, but have always been involved in the carpets and yarns industry, starting as a junior at Crossley Carpets at Dean Clough.
I have served as a local Councillor for Rastrick putting residents interests first, often in conflict with the local authority.
Too many odds are stacked against us in the North generally, and in Calder Valley particularly.
We need fresh ideas, plain speaking and determined people to fix this; people who will support UKIP and people who will stand up for our common sense policies.
I have lived in Erewash most of his life, moving to Sandiacre as a boy in 1966. He has also lived in Larklands, Breaston and Long Eaton, and attended Longmoor Primary and Wilsthorpe Comprehensive schools, leaving in 1976.
I have a Masters Degree in European Marketing, and continue to work primarily in Sales. I am currently a self-employed sales agent for a national company. I have also lived and worked overseas, including developing a heritage railway in California.
As an Erewash Borough Councillor I was able to observe first hand the lack of local democracy and the straightjacket of ‘top-down’ political control that exists to implement policy created by the EU and merely rubber-stamped by Westminster, most clearly in planning and transport.
When you join the dots an appalling picture emerges, a picture of deceit that runs through our political system.
I joined UKIP to challenge that, to fight for our democracy, our common law rights and our economic prosperity. Erewash voters have a simple choice in May 2015: Continue on the path of failure, despair and debt with the Lab/Con Alliance or chose to fight for a free and prosperous future with UKIP.
A lifelong Enfield resident born at Chase Farm hospital and have attended local schools in the constituency.
My background has been mainly self employed in front line sales & marketing which has included education, training and disability products and services.
I have been a Local Councillor in the Borough from 2002 to 2006, during which time I was deputy chairman of housing scrutiny, member of the Health scrutiny panel and the Planning and Audit committees.
I joined UKIP in 2014 and stood for the party in the local elections that year. I firmly believe that this is the only party who have competence and courage to deal with the mounting difficulties faced by our key public services caused in large part by continued unlimited migration into the UK.
I will never give up the fight to restore 24 hour Accident and Emergency care at Chase Farm hospital, and will demand action to deal with the crisis in primary health care and the large predicted shortfall in school places in the Borough by 2018.
Christina was born and has lived most of her life in Cheltenham. Starting work as an articled clerk, she was introduced to the world of business. Over the years she has worked in the insurance industry, set up and run a small engineering business and latterly worked as a self-employed business consultant specialising in HR matters.
Christina’s extensive life experiences include being a parent and a carer. She has been made redundant, divorced and widowed, so is very aware of the challenges faced by people in their everyday lives.
She has been involved in the Prince’s Trust, helping young people, chairman of the local Institute of Personnel Development, and chairman of the women’s section of Hardwicke Royal British Legion, raising funds and supporting ex-service people.
Dismayed by the performance of the career politicians and hangers-on in Westminster, who against all common sense and ignoring the wishes of the British people, have given away huge chunks of our sovereignty, she recently became active in politics. Christina joined UKIP and fought in the County Council elections in 2013, and is now honoured to have been nominated by the party to stand as PPC for Cheltenham.
I have lived in Holmes Chapel with my wife and three children for almost 20 years, I work as a self-employed interim director and programme director, and serve as a local Parish councillor for Holmes Chapel, and have stood in previous Westminster & council elections for UKIP including as an MEP candidate in last year’s victorious European Parliament elections
It’s time for a change.
The cosy consensus of Westminster has left our country poorer, weaker and beholden to an overseas power in Brussels.
As our elderly suffer, our young are left without futures, burdened with debt, our service personnel homeless, we need to change the way we do things in Britain.
Britain stands for something better, The UK is more than a vassal state of the EU super power. Britain is the home of freedom, liberty, and parliamentary democracy.
We have a proud history of standing up for values and standards – all being swept away by a Brussels bureaucracy. Its time for change.
I am 52 years old, married with four children. I run a small electrical equipment manufacturing business in South Lancashire employing 30 people.
I attended a large comprehensive school in Wallasey before leaving at 16 and joining the CEGB (now National Grid) as a technician engineer and moving into manufacturing in the early 1980s. I moved to Standish in 1992 and Coppull in 2004 with the business being located in the area throughout that time.
I am not a career politician, but someone who has worked hard since leaving school. I’ve quite simply had enough of the terrible job the old parties make of running the county. I believe the people of Chorley deserve an MP in Parliament who will represent their views and speak their mind. If people in Chorley vote Labour or Tory at the next election what will change?
Ellesmere Port and Neston
I live and work in Ellesmere Port and Neston and my three children are educated locally. I am a former governor at two primary schools and a high school and recently graduated with Distinction, in a Master’s Degree at University of Chester.
As a former Councillor and a resident in the Constituency, I know the area from every perspective. I campaigned successfully to ensure free residents’ parking in the centre of Ellesmere Port and gated alleyways to help combat anti-social behaviour. I was instrumental in obtaining alcohol free zones and fought hard to retain the third engine at Ellesmere Port Fire Station.
As a full time musician, distributing music throughout the world, I am extremely knowledgable about the export industry and how the GDP of our country works. I am passionate about the arts in general, ensuring that everyone, especially children, have access to gain the knowledge in order to enrich their lives with music, dance, literature, art and the whole creative industry.
I am Chairman of our local UKIP branch, which is growing steadily and I provided the music for UKIP conferences around the country.
I have lived in Croydon for 28 years and have been involved in Croydon’s communities including being a member of the Addiscombe Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team.
I run my own transport consultancy, which he started in 1995. My clients have included railway operators, the Department for Transport, Railtrack and London Buses. I have been involved in the planning of many major transport projects including the East London Line, Crossrail, the Channel Tunnel, etc. In addition to my other work, I am currently on the Passenger Board for London Overground.
I am not a career Politian. I want to work to help rescue the poor reputation of Croydon by ensuring that the Westfield/Hammerson development in Croydon works for the benefit of Croydon’s residents and businesses, not just for the benefit of the developers’ shareholders.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of extending the Croydon Tramlink system especially the proposed extension to Crystal Palace.
I am delighted to have received this nomination from UKIP.
Cities of London and Westminster
Robert Stephenson lives in Westminster, works as an Information Technology professional in the City of London, and was educated at the London School of Economics.
He is the Chairman and a founding member of the party’s Westminster and City branch. He has been a political activist and campaigner for more than a decade.
Chesham and Amersham
I am delighted to be standing at the forthcoming general election for UKIP again in the Chesham & Amersham Constituency where I have lived since 2004.
A graduate of Cambridge and INSEAD Business School near Paris, I have worked in a number of financial analysis, and project finance and promotion roles.
I was elected Buckinghamshire County Councillor for Great Missenden, supported by the Stop HS2 campaign in 2013, and was shortlisted on the UKIP South East Region list for the highly successful European election campaign last May.
My pet hate is the truly dreadful HS2 project. This is a plan to increase government borrowing by over £1,000 pounds per household in Britain to build an unnecessary new railway which only MPs and a few better heeled types will use. It ploughs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty causing the hardship and upset usually generated by inept government mis-management.
As usual only UKIP is listening to popular opinion and wants to scrap HS2. The project is so bad that even in the North West, which is said to benefit from it, most people oppose it. After all £50bn could buy a lot more worthwhile things instead, or maybe could even be returned to taxpayers instead.
Coventry North East
I'm 47 years old and was born, went to school, grew up and have spent a large proportion (but not all) of my life living in the constituency that I am standing for, Coventry North East.
An IT professional with more than 25 years experience working locally in Coventry, nationally in London for 5 years and 13 years working overseas in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, I have real-life experience of this country and others.
I attended local state schools in Coventry North East and in later life, completed an MSc eBusiness Management locally at the University of Warwick.
I became actively involved with UKIP two years ago because of our EU membership and the referendum promised by all three parties in their manifestos back in 2005, but has been continually reneged on. I believe the UK will be better off outside the strait jacket of the EU.
I’ve lived and worked in Coventry for over 35 years, and I’ve always believed in accountability in politics with political representation listening to and acting on behalf of those who have selected them to make a positive change in their community.
I would like to serve the people of Coventry South by standing with a party that has a common sense approach to resolving difficult issues.
From scrapping the under occupancy charge that penalises those who cannot find alternative accommodation to ensuring affordable housing is built on Brownfield sites with protection for the greenbelt, UKIP will act with compassion but ensure everyone has somewhere to live.
Essential services in Coventry, from sure start Centres, school crossing patrols, libraries to street lighting all require adequate funding. Why spend billions on HS2 or give money to Europe when we could allocate more funding towards local Councils, including Coventry? I say NO to privatisation of the NHS and I believe we should reward those who work by increasing the personal tax allowance to £13,500. Those on low income can earn more before they start to pay tax.
I have been a textile worker since the age of 16, starting at the bottom as a labourer. I was offered an apprenticeship and gained a City & Guilds in woollen yarn manufacture form DABTAC.
After a short spell fabric printing, I joined the International Wool Secretariat, a marketing company funded by Commonwealth wool producers.
My role included product and process development of woollen yarns, and consultancy. In my time with IWS I visited 18 countries and appeared on The Record Breakers making poor Roy Castle ware a wool sweater which we made from sheep’s back to knitted jumper in 2 hours 30 minutes. I then moved to a carpet manufacturer as Mill Manager. Working there for two years and needing a new challenge, with a friend set up a company making textile machinery.
Our works has been based in Dewsbury for 18 years making machinery for pillows and cushion.
Politics has been part of my life since 1979 but totally disillusioned by the wrecking of the economy, expenses scandals, and the destruction of our country by the EU I joined UKIP in 2010.
I am 53 and married with 3 daughters and 2 grand daughters.
Chingford and Woodford Green
Freddy is a married businessman of 57, living in Chingford for 30 years. He is an entrepreneur, with interests in the stockmarket, consultancy, horticulture, enterprise zone properties, cosmetics and tax. He founded, owned and ran Digital Precision, the top software publisher for the last UK-made computer, the Sinclair QL. ‘Again and again, we wrote stuff which everyone else said was impossible to write’.
Freddy's University background includes First Class Honours qualifications in Physics, Mathematics and, with distinction, Accountancy. He worked for a Big Four firm in the City. Multilingual, he taught at school and lectured here and abroad, deriving great satisfaction from contact with his ex-students, dotted around the world in leading colleges and institutions, helping humanity progress.
Freddy thrice won (once as top-seeded survivor) British MENSA's chess championship, but is just as happy debating history, breeding koi, repairing old precision cameras, globe-trotting or aiding those with financial or scientific problems.
A passion for walking involves Freddy both in writing a guide to Epping Forest and in striving for UNESCO World Heritage status for a culturally unique hilltop in India.
As to politics, Freddy believes both the problem and its solution are obvious; ‘I'm a determined fighter, and in what substantially was Churchill's constituency, I can but paraphrase him:
‘Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the opposition’.
I am writing to introduce myself to you, as I have been selected to stand for UKIP in this year’s Parliamentary Elections in the Constituency of Derby North. I am a 34 year old married mother of two, studying Counselling with Derby University.
People are crying out for a different type of politics, they want new politicians who will actually listen to and stand up for them. This is why UKIP is re-engaging with people who have given up on voting.
UKIP is reaching out to people from across the political spectrum. From North to South, UKIP are breaking down the historic divisions that have dominated British politics for generations.
People have had enough of politicians that seek to divide us at elections with the old ideas of left and right, and then forget us when in power.
Politics cannot continue to fail people in education, in the workplace, and again in their twilight years. Only through UKIP will we get our country back.
I am returning to my roots and have traced my ancestors back to the 1500s, who lived around the area of Swadlincote, Burton on Trent and Midway.
By profession I am a Law Costs Draftsman and a member of the Academy of Experts, practising under the style Wigg and Co.
I have extensive legal experience and am used to representing people of all backgrounds. If elected I will devote myself full time to representing Derby South.
I have dedicated the last 14 years to UKIP, travelling to various parts of the country to support others and have stood for Parliament three times. I became the first UKIP Borough Councillor in Kent. My experience for UKIP includes participating in debates at Kent University and Grammar Schools in Ashford and Tunbridge Wells. Twice I have stood in for a candidate standing for election as Police Commissioner.
I am determined and tenacious, and I will stand up for everyone in our community including community groups, businesses and individuals. The law is colour-blind and so it should be.
I will fight for better services for the vulnerable, our schools and the NHS and will respond to local concerns. I know what it is like to run and develop a small business in difficult economic times.
Grahame Wiggin has lived in Cannock Chase for over fifty years. Very much a local man having been employed in all three towns, Rugeley, Hednesford and Cannock he has been President of the Cannock Chase Division of the local Chamber of Commerce and served on the Chamber Council for some years. A member of Rotary International for 28 years he is a strong advocate of voluntary community work. A Chartered Construction Manager and CDM Coordinator whose interests are his family, flying, theatre, aviation books and old buildings he works as Projects Manager and CDM Coordinator on a variety of construction works throughout the Midlands. He has also been the project manager on many iconic local buildings.
Married to Gill with all seven children having flown the nest Grahame has a private pilot license, a Further Education Teachers Certificate and is a member of five professional institutions. He is a keen reader and supporter of the freedom of schools to acquire Grammar School status if they wish.
Having been saved from death after a motorway accident he believes strongly in keeping the NHS free at point of use and equally important, at time of need. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a microbiologist and local businesswoman. I was elected to serve as the Surrey County Councillor for Godstone in 2013.
I grew up in Kent and joined the Wellcome Research laboratories from school in 1972, gaining a degree in Applied Biology in 1979, after several years of part time study. Later I combined raising a family, with running the specialist microbiology business established by my husband, David in 1988.
I am married with three adult children and two stepchildren. I moved over the county border to Tatsfield in 1983 and have lived in Bletchingley since 1987; since the summer of 2014 our laboratories have been located at the foot of the North Downs, in my home village.
I joined UKIP in 1999, when I began to understand that the long term aim of the EU was to create a single state and campaigned for UKIP as it grew, from a pressure group, to the only mainstream political party committed to UK independence.
In my increasingly rare leisure time, I am happiest walking and running on the North Downs, or standing in the snow, watching the Northern Lights dance over a Norwegian fjord.
Esher and Walton
Nicholas is a 48 year old chemistry lecturer at Kingston University.
He still occasionally works as an NHS locum pharmacist.
Previously he worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
His PhD on antibiotics was taken at the University of Bristol.
Nicholas experienced, first-hand, the interfering and unnecessary legislation from the European Union in the course of his work. Although never previously a member of any political party, EU incompetence plus lying British Lib-Lab-Con trick politicians made him join UKIP.
Currently, we have to endure ridiculous European Court rulings, excess immigration, and wasting £17 billion each year of our money on the EU. These can only be stopped by leaving the EU. Only UKIP will get us out.
Nicholas lives in Oxshott. His hobbies include instructing scuba diving, ballroom dancing (badly), and cycling.
Last January, Nicholas marched with the Fire Brigade against Conservative Surrey County Council fire station closures. He stood as UKIP candidate in Elmbridge in 2014, and Surrey in 2013, gaining 29.1% of the votes.
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
My background is that I attended the local state Grammar School where I gained four A levels. At University I read a degree in Mathematics after which I worked as a computer programmer, systems analyst and lecturer to college students. My next job was at British Nuclear Design and Construction in Whetstone in the Midlands where I worked on nuclear reactor simulations.
After marrying and having my two children, I decided on a career change and became a secondary school teacher. My life experiences as a teacher along with being principal of my own tuition company have given me invaluable skills in helping others. I am currently not teaching so have plenty of time to commit fully to UKIP and the constituency as an MP. At the moment I am learning Welsh and live near Ammanford in Carmarthenshire.
I joined UKIP after I realized that the Westminster parties were themselves the main obstacles to halting Britain’s decline. I feel frustrated by the ongoing mismanagement of our finances, the endemic deception of politicians, the lowering of standards in education and lack of support for women in certain areas. As austerity bites, we see the continual widening of the gap between rich and poor, and it is about time that the 99% were offered a better deal.
I have lived in Chesterfield since 1967. I left Tupton Hall Senior School at 17.
I had 2 jobs before I joined the police in March 1978. One of these was at a company called Wagon Repairs, before I joined the railway, working at Toton, which at the time in 1977-78 was one of the biggest railway marshalling yards in Europe. I am currently self-employed as a driving instructor.
I joined UKIP in January 2013 as a result of the parties stand against the continuing erosion of powers to the EU. I am British, I want to be governed by and laws made by OUR elected parliament not a set of unelected mandarins in Brussels.
In May 2013 I stood in a by election for a Derbyshire County Council seat in Chesterfield, and also a Chesterfield Borough Council election at short notice coming second to labour in both. I believe that we should trade with Europe and the rest of the world as an independent country. The country did not vote for political union in 1973 or 1975 and as such I believe that the people should be given a further vote on the vast change in circumstances.
55 years of age, born and raised in Derbyshire living and working in West Derbyshire, now Derbyshire Dales, for 25 years.
My professional career has been with local government and latterly with Government Departments both in the Ministry of Agriculture (now defra) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
My role as Area Manager for the FSA was as a senior civil servant, I was responsible for the effective regulatory compliance in protecting public health and animal welfare with specific involvement through the devastating BSE & foot and mouth disease outbreaks. The considerable stakeholders liaised with included ministerial briefings, the FSA Board, Defra, Rural Payments Agency (RPA) TV production companies, food business operators etc.
In 2008 I set up a consultancy assisting industry in regulatory compliance and the process of tendering for government work. I alerted the present government in the horse meat scandal and that can be found to date by searching ‘John Young Horsemeat’ in Google.
Recently assisting a resident action group in Bakewell Derbyshire Dales in the successful overturn of a council wall erection some 12 feet high and a cost to the tax payer in excess of £100,000