UKIP select Walsall candidate

UKIP have chosen a new candidate to contest a parliamentary seat held by the Conservatives in Walsall.

UKIP select Walsall candidate

Anthony Thompson was chosen by party members as prospective parliamentary candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills following Paul White's resignation.

Mr White stood down after relocating to Blackpool for business reasons and deciding it was not practical to try to become an MP for the constituency.

Mr Thompson said: "As a businessman from the West Midlands with strong roots in the Black Country, I am delighted to have been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills. I am eager to begin my campaign to win this seat for UKIP, the only party that can be trusted on the key issues that I believe the people of this constituency really care about."

The seat has been held by Conservative Sir Richard Shepherd since 1979 but he is standing down and the Tories have chosen Wendy Morton to try to hold it in his place.

Sir Richard is one of the party's most rebellious MPs and is a Eurosceptic.

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