FORMER Lib Dem councillor John Thompson is bidding to become Ukip’s parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South.
The 66-year-old has thrown his hat in the ring after the party deselected Douglas Denny as the man who will stand at next year’s general election.
While Mr Thompson has yet to become a Ukip member, he is eager to get the party’s support and believes he is the man who will win them the seat from independent MP Mike Hancock.
Mr Thompson, who served on Hampshire County and Fareham Borough Council during the 1990s, said: ‘I can win it for them.
‘I am a liberal by nature, but I can’t work with the Lib Dems because they are very much about looking after themselves, and the Tories are the same.
‘With Ukip you have councillors like Julie Swan, who are ordinary people who just want to make a difference and it’s refreshing to see a party like that.’
In recent times, Mr Thompson has called for a fresh police investigation into Mr Hancock’s conduct towards a vulnerable female constituent. Mr Thompson, who lives in Fareham but who was born in Southsea, does not believe all witnesses were interviewed and the woman’s plight was not taken seriously enough.
Mr Hancock apologised for forming an inappropriate friendship with the woman concerned this summer.
As reported in The News, Mr Denny was stripped of his candidacy following a decision by Ukip’s national executive committee.
There was confusion locally about the decision with Portsmouth Ukip branch chairman, Stuart Potter, being unaware of the deselection.