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UKIP fielding candidates in all 13 Great Yarmouth seats in May elections

PUBLISHED: 12:39 11 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:14 11 January 2014

Great Yarmouth Borough Council election UKIP candidates

Great Yarmouth Borough Council election UKIP candidates

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UKIP bosses are “confident” they will claim their first Great Yarmouth Borough Council seat this year.

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The Eurosceptic party is fielding candidates in all 13 seats going to the polls in May.

Hopefuls for the party include a former chairman of Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority and a politician who defected from the Conservatives

While no UKIP candidates succeeded in the 2012 borough elections, five of the borough’s nine county council divisions went purple in 2013.

And the results of this year’s borough council elections will be keenly watched, with a general election nearing.

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Peter Fitzgerald, UKIP Great Yarmouth chairman, predicted: “We will build on UKIP’s county council triumphs by winning seats at the borough level.”

Prospective parliamentary candidate and a county councillor, Matthew Smith said he was “confident” the party would pick up seats and topple sitting councillors.

None of UKIP’s county councillors will be standing for the borough elections, and Mr Smith said this “highlights the depth” of support in the local party.

The list of UKIP candidates standing for the borough elections includes Malcolm Bird, a former chairman of Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority.

Mr Bird, who will stand in Central and Northgate ward, is a hotelier in Great Yarmouth and is chairman of Great Yarmouth Residents’ Association.

Former Conservative councillor Tom Andrews defected to UKIP and will be standing in Caister South.

Recently retired prison officer Clayton Greene, of Fleggburgh, will challenge for East Flegg.

Jack Cutting, a retired Caister resident, will stand in Caister North after narrowly missing out in last year’s county elections.

Former prison officer Robert Connell and Great Yarmouth restaurant owner Katy Stenhouse will stand in Southtown and Cobholm, and Nelson wards respectively.

Shop owner Kay Grey, 46, of Gorleston, is standing in Gorleston ward and 43-year-old Carl Annison, who runs a Bradwell paving business, will be contesting the Bradwell South and Hopton ward.

Danny Chambers, 23, of Gorleston, will stand in Magdalen ward, Belton man Adrian Myers will stand in Lothingland and business manager Mike Monk, of Bradwell, will stand in Bradwell North.

Rachel Jones, 23, Great Yarmouth, will stand in Yarmouth North.

She is a part-time retail worker and has two children.

Tabby Rodwell, of Gorleston, is a part-time Tesco worker and student and she will stand in Claydon ward.

A recent survey by pollsters Survation claimed that UKIP was polling ahead of the Tories but behind Labour in the borough, which is seen as a keen reflector on the rest of the country.

The borough council holds elections of a third of its members each year.

It is divided into 17 electoral wards and there are 39 councillors representing the 17 wards.

11 comments

  • "V"- you seem to have a lot of time on your hands to write gob5hite opinions on here all day about any old subject. Why don't you stand?

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    DT

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Where are they????? Well, it's now January 8th and I must admit I have not yet seen a single Romanian. But in all fairness, I have only been in Romania for 4 days!!

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    John L Cooper

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • you have my vote!

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    Lilian Boulton

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Where are they????? Well, it's now January 8th and I must admit I have not yet seen a single Romanian. But in all fairness, I have only been in Romania for 4 days!!

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    John L Cooper

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • When I faced Sauron's forces at the Battle of Pelennor fields, I made sure he knew who I was when I offended him! Henry the Cat = Sauron?

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    Gimli, Son of Gloin.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I will be looking to vote UKIP. After all the damage Labour and their lefty do gooding,pro immigration policies have ruined my lovely country and the Conservatives for not repairing the damage.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • "The Gathering Storm" Shame on any Britain fooled by UKIP.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • You'r lucky HTC. I havent seen any leaflets for any party yet. It would be great to see the usual (You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours), council suspects get a bloody nose at the election, such as Castle & Wainwright, where the latter was full of promises but now he is in it's a case of "Im all right Jack, stuff the rest of you", has done nothing and has suddenly gone very quiet.

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    "V"

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • The UKIP leaflet I've had is bland to the point of pointlessness. It promises nothing and suggests nothing. Just another piece of campaign literature. The fact is that you could elect UKIP councillors in every ward, but they wouldn't be able to do a thing about immigration and would have to comply with current housing law. There's nothing any local councillor can do about either. I know two of the UKIP people locally, including one of their candidates, and I think "fruitcakes" describes them both. Never in a million years would I vote for Matt Smith's band of jokers.

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    Henry the cat

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • ...and my Axe!

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    Gimli, Son of Gloin.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Beware the enemy within they disguise themselves as concerned Brits manifest as UKIP and move amongst us. Shame on the current crop of politicians it’s come to this. The UKIP nazi party motivating panicked politicians into action. Interesting how we "Brits" feel the god given right to live anywhere we feel, Spain, Portugal .....and many others. But Britain is for the British, a ridiculous notion having been the melting pot of Europe for centuries, a notion made popular by power grasping fools.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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