You will have noticed, if you live in Surrey Heath, that UKIP are not standing a candidate against Michael Gove this time around.
It was a decision taken by the Branch after a discussion and vote and was passed by a narrow margin.
There were several reasons for this decision, in no particular order;
- Michael took a massive political risk in backing Brexit and playing such a key role in the Leave campaign. Despite our political differences, this was appreciated by local UKIP members that I’ve spoken to.
- We believe Michael shares our vision for what Brexit actually means.
- Members reported lots of former UKIP voters saying they were going to vote for the Conservatives this time round.
- Standing in a General Election is not cheap – £500 deposit which you only get back if you get more than 5% of the vote, £1000 for an election address plus additional costs for any other election material.
So we’ll not be standing a candidate in Surrey Heath.
I saw a tweet from the Monster Raving Loony Party that they were putting up a candidate which would have been fun, but sadly this is not the case so there are 4 candidates; the same three as last time from Conservatives, LibDems and Labour, and a new name from the Green Party.