UKIP launches search for candidate to fight South East Cambs seat

08:46 24 July 2014

Copyright:Mark fairhurst

UKIP is appealing for candidates “of the highest calibre” to put themselves forward for next year’s general election in South East Cambridgeshire.

The party was due to hold a hustings to select a candidate for the traditionally Conservative seat this week but was been forced to cancel the event because of illness.

A new selection process is expected to take place again in September and party officials have launched an appeal to find a suitable candidate.

Martin Hale, chairman of the SE Cambs branch of UKIP, said: “There was a lot of talk about the European election being a protest vote but I have stood in three elections now and people have come up to me saying that they had not voted in the past but were going to do so again because of what we are doing.

“Next year’s election is going to be very interesting in South East Cambs and we want high quality candidates to put themselves forward.”

UKIP gained a foothold in East Cambridgeshire for the first time back in 2013 when Daniel Divine was elected to Cambridgeshire County Council, usurping Conservative Fred Brown.

And the party has continued to pick up votes in both East Cambridgeshire District Council by-elections, in Sutton and Soham, though they remained some way from winning a seat.

In neighbouring Fenland, UKIP has caused consternation, taking four seats on Cambridgeshire County Council at the last election.

The Conservatives have already announced barrister Lucy Frazer as their candidate to fight next year’s election while Labour have put forward Huw Jones.

The Liberal Democrats will again be putting forward Cllr Jonathan Chatfield to stand for the seat, having contested both the 2010 and 2005 elections.

Sir Jim Paice will not be standing for re-election again at next year’s election, having served as SE Cambs MP since 1987.

1 comment

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

46 minutes ago
More than 1,000 tonnes of pennywort has been removed from the River Great Ouse.

Environment Agency crews have been hard at work along the River Great Ouse in Ely removing tons of floating pennywort from the rivers and watercourses.

Yesterday, 12:04
4th State set for Ely appearance

The annual Ely Christmas light switch-on celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Yesterday, 12:40
Lynn Road, Wisbech, during installation of new street lights

All of the issues thrown up by an audit of the street lighting contract run by Balfour Beatty which showed Cambridgeshire County Council “will not be paying the correct amount for its electricity” have been resolved, say a new report.

Yesterday, 12:42
Steve Tierney (centre)  in October when he won the Medworth by election for Fenland Council

Fenland came to the rescue of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire in their bid to find a Conservative willing to be interviewed on air hours after the Rochester and Strood by election.

Most read stories

E-edition