UKIP has named 11 candidates to fight 11 district wards on May 7 – including county councillor Richard Fairman who will challenge district council leader Gary Porter in Spalding St Mary’s.
Spalding landlord Pete Williams will stand in Spalding St Paul’s ward, and says he hopes national party leader Nigel Farage will make a couple of visits to Spalding before the election.
UKIP’s list of candidates will grow – as some are awaiting head office approval – but the party also hopes to find more recruits.
UKIP’s South Holland chairman Paul Foyster, a Holbeach parish councillor who will stand in Holbeach Town, said: “We invite anyone who broadly agrees with our national policies to consider joining us and standing for council.
“We have no local whip system – our councillors are expected to put their individual wards first, even at the risk of voting against usual party policy.”
He said UKIP would welcome candidates from “settled European communities” as “this would foster better mutual understanding between the various communities in our area”.
The Conservatives named their candidates last week, but Liberal Democrats and the Independents have yet to reveal theirs.
So far retired businessman Coun Fairman joins Tories Coun Porter and businessman Harry Drury contesting the two-seat St Mary’s ward.
Coun Fairman said: “I would like to say I am confident but, of course, that’s the worst thing possible to say. I have been reasonably successful at county and it just means I will be serving another bunch of people as well.”
Pete Williams will be up against sitting Conservative David Ashby and Tory Glynis Scalese.
The landlord is seeking election for the first time because he says: “There’s a lot of things that need changing.”
He says UKIP has widespread public support and hopes party leader Nigel Farage will head to town before the election.
Mr Williams said: “I would not be surprised if Nigel Farage makes at least a couple of visits to Spalding before the election.” He’s also proud his New Road pub has become UKIP’s base for meetings.
UKIP’s other candidates so far are: Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas: Crowland parish councillor Peter Bird; Long Sutton: Tydd St Mary parish councillor John Ley; Moulton, Weston and Cowbit: Emily Bates; Pinchbeck and Surfleet: Geoff Garner; Spalding St John’s: Rob Gibson; Gedney: Andy Parks; Spalding Monkshouse: David Maltby; and, as previously reported, Sutton Bridge: Sutton Bridge parish councillor and Spalding Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett.