Ukip on membership drive across Havant borough

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UKIP has failed to find enough candidates to fight all 14 seats in Havant, fielding fewer than the Green Party.

The new chairman of the group, Hayling West candidate John Perry, said he is disappointed but is on an membership drive across the borough.

He said: ‘I’m determined that we will have more candidates next year. We are going on a major membership drive now.’

Mr Perry said all six candidates will be standing as representatives of the people of Havant, and not Ukip delegates.

He said: ‘I feel very strongly about, and have campaigned on, parking. I believe charges are still too high and driving people out of town.’

Jackie Branson, who is standing as a Conservative candidate for St Faith’s ward, said: ‘I would hope that people will vote locally for a council that has kept the council tax down for five years rather than vote nationally.’

Liberal Democrat Faith Ponsonby is defending her Battins ward seat and said she found the lack of Ukip candidates ‘interesting.’

‘They haven’t fielded a single candidate in the county ward they won last year,’ she said. ‘It seems very odd.’

Mrs Ponsonby hopes voters will vote her back in based on her hard work.

‘We will do our best to stick up for the poor and vulnerable,’ she said.Full list of candidates