EXCLUSIVE: UKIP confirms candidate for Boston and Skegness

UKIP's Robin Hunter-Clarke (Left) with Nigel Farage. File photo.
UKIP's Robin Hunter-Clarke (Left) with Nigel Farage. File photo.

UKIP has confirmed that it has selected Robin Hunter-Clarke as its candidate to contest the General Election in Boston and Skegness.

Mr Robin Hunter-Clarke said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by the local membership and now approved by the National Executive Committee as the candidate. The people of Boston and Skegness have been asking that the UKIP candidate be somebody local and the branch has delivered just that.

“I was born in Boston, have lived in Skegness all my life and know the issues affecting the constituency because I live with them. “

Robin is a Lincolnshire county councillor representing Skegness South, having been elected 2013, and also sits on Skegness Town Council.

UKIP held a hustings event at Batemans Brewery last Thursday at which branch members were invited to vote for their preferred candidate.

The party then chose not to announce the candidate until the national executive committee confirmed the decision.

A spokesman for the party added: “Robin is now looking forward to beginning the General Election campaign and fighting for a UKIP victory.”

The youngest sitting MP in the House of Commons is Pamela Nash, Labour MP for Airdrie and Shotts, who is 29. Mr Hunter-Clarke is 22, and would be the youngest MP elected for more than 40 years. No-one younger than 21 has ever been elected since the start of the 1800s.