UKIP’s new Telford & Wrekin branch chairman says the party intends to field candidates in all 54 seats at next year’s borough council elections.
Councillor Stuart Parr, a parish councillor for Brookside, and town councillor for Woodside, took over the chairman’s role at an extraordinary general meeting.
The father of four, who works for a local IT company, said: “I am proud to have been asked to lead UKIP Telford & Wrekin at such an important time for the party, both nationally and locally.
“My priority is to make sure we field a full slate of candidates in May and have a successful local and general election. We want to contest all of the 54 Telford & Wrekin unitary authority seats.
“We also have two winnable parliamentary seats in the borough, where people are begging for an alternative, and excellent candidates in Denis Allen, and Jill Seymour.”
Councillor Parr said: “We have already selected candidates for more than half of the borough wards, and are currently on the lookout for local people who would like to put themselves forward in the others.”
One of his first acts as chairman was to set up a campaign team, headed up by Young Independence’s national deputy chairman, Tom Hoof, and Randlay & Hollinswood parish councillor, Ray Knight.
“We would love to hear from anyone who feels they can help out with our election campaigns. You can reach me on 07973 296118 or by emailing email@example.com.
“It is clear from the parliamentary by-elections in Clacton, and Rochester & Strood, that UKIP is now a real force in British politics, and I want to make sure that everyone in Telford & Wrekin who wants to vote for UKIP has an opportunity to do so. But it’s going to be incredibly hard work and we are going to need all the help we can get.”
Stuart is a member of the Brookside Improvement Group, the Brookside Big Local steering group which is responsible for consulting with residents on how to spend a million pound lottery fund for the benefit of the estate.
He is also vice chairman of the Stirchley & Brookside Neighbourhood Plan committee, a resident-led group tasked with writing a statutory neighbourhood plan that will guide future development in the parish.