Former Tory to fight seat for UKIP

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UKIP has announced former Conservative councillor Peter Wood as its candidate to fight for the Blackpool South seat in next year’s General Election.

Mr Wood, 46, represented Heyhouses on Fylde Council before stepping down in 2012 due to work commitments, and subsequently leaving the Tory party.

He lives with his family in St Annes and has previously been an active campaigner for the Conservatives.

He said: “These are exciting times to be part of the fastest growing political party in the UK, and it is a real honour to be selected as one of the party’s prospective parliamentary candidates.

“Blackpool has been down-trodden and neglected by the major parties for far too long, I want to change that. That is my priority.

“UKIP has recently enjoyed fantastic success in winning the European elections and we now have 24 MEPs, three of them here in the North West. Our next endeavour is to win parliamentary seats in Westminster and, as a local man, if elected I would devote my time to fighting for the interests of the people in the Blackpool South constituency.”