UKIP targets General Election win and district seats

UKIP candidate David Parsons in Spalding, a South Holland town he hopes to represent in Parliament. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG031214-123TW
UKIP candidate David Parsons in Spalding, a South Holland town he hopes to represent in Parliament. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG031214-123TW

UKIP is mounting a huge double-election fight in May in a bid to win the South Holland and The Deepings parliamentary seat – and score multiple victories in South Holland District Council wards.

South Holland and The Deepings branch of UKIP officially adopted a former Tory leader of Leicestershire County Council, David Parsons (64), as their parliamentary candidate on Saturday.

UKIP has revealed its list of district council candidates stretches into double figures – the biggest number ever.

Mr Parsons said: “I said in my adoption speech it was a dual campaign. It was a campaign for Parliament and it was a campaign for the district in South Holland and we will be helping each other get elected.”

Press reports say Mr Parsons quit as Tory leader in Leicestershire in 2012 following an investigation into his travel expenses.

But Mr Parsons says he had multiple roles at the time – and money wasn’t transferred from his own account to the council’s account as quickly as it should have been.

FULL STORY IN THURSDAY’S SPALDING GUARDIAN