Telford Journal: Councillor makes switch to UKIP ahead of by-election

A great write-up in the Telford Journal this week on Cllr Choudhary’s defection from TAWPA to UKIP and our candidate in Dawley, Ryan Laing. ┬áThis follows the Shropshire Star’s front page coverage the other day – no wonder Labour are running scared of UKIP in Dawley!

Councillor makes switch to UKIP ahead of by-election

A parish councillor from Telford’s ‘people’s party’ has defected to the UK Independence Party.

Parish councillor Mohammed “Richard” Choudhary, who sits on Great Dawley Parish Council, has defected from the Telford & Wrekin People’s Association to UKIP because he says the party is “the future”.

He becomes UKIP’s fourth councillor in Telford & Wrekin. Councillor Choudhary said: “I have made a lot of friends in Tawpa but I believe that UKIP is the future both nationally and here in Telford & Wrekin where it is the only party to publish a local manifesto”.

UKIP is one of three political parties which will have candidates standing alongside an independent candidate in a by-election for the Dawley Magna ward of Telford & Wrekin Council next month.

Polling cards have been sent out for the poll on February 14.

The four candidates are Angela Jordan, who lives in Aqueduct and is an independent, Ryan Laing, who lives in Woodside and is standing for UKIP, Jane Pinter, who lives in Little Dawley and is standing for Labour, and Alan Scott, who lives in Little Dawley and is standing as a Conservative candidate.

The election has been prompted by the death of Great Dawley Parish Council chairman Brian Duce, who died on Christmas Eve aged 76, after a short illness. Councillor Duce also represented Dawley Magna on Telford & Wrekin Council. The election for Councillor Duce’s seat on the parish council will be contested by two candidates – UKIP’s Ryan Laing, who is also standing for the borough council, and the Labour Party’s candidate Ian Campbell, who lives in Aqueduct.

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