UKIP has announced the selection of Simon Noble as their parliamentary candidate for the Blackpool North and Cleveleys constituency.
A local solicitor, Mr Noble, 54 (pictured), has previously served as a Lancashire County councillor, representing the Garstang ward, from 1993 to 2001, for the Conservative party.
Married with two sons, he has been a member of UKIP for more than four years and stood as a candidate for his borough ward followed by a by-election for Wyreside for Lancashire County Council.
He then stood in the County elections in 2013 in Garstang and more recently was an MEP candidate in the European elections in the North West.
His local connections also include being a trustee of the WH King Almshouses in Garstang and a former board member of the Lune Valley Rural Housing.
He lives in Garstang, was chairman of that branch and has been a board member of the Nazareth House children’s home in Lancaster and governor of local primary and high schools.