A former Conservative activist and prominent Leave campaigner Daniel Woolf who recently defected to UKIP both because of his concerns about Theresa May’s commitment to honouring the Brexit vote, and because of the widening divisions within the Conservative Party over major issues such as Brexit and Grammar Schools, is to stand as the UKIP Candidate in the by election for the Longlevens Ward of Gloucester City Council which was caused by the death during the Summer of long serving Councillor Jim Porter.
Mr Woolf said :- ” I am delighted to have this opportunity to stand for UKIP so soon after having joined the party and I relish the chance to take the fight to the Tories in Longlevens, which currently is exclusively represented by them at City Council, County Council and Parliamentary level. This is not healthy at all and I think it is important for Longlevens to be represented by more than just one party to the exclusion of all others. UKIP has by far the best chance of breaking the Conservatives’ monopoly and stranglehold of power in the ward.
Having grown up in Gloucester I know the challenges faced both by Longlevens and by our city , and if elected I will be campaigning on such issues as tackling anti social behaviour and traffic congestion in Longlevens, as well as the proposed expansion of the University site. I shall also be fighting on city wide concerns such as the regeneration of Gloucester’s historic city centre, and making sure that the proper investment is made there to create a safe, secure and pleasant environment for shoppers, workers and visitors alike.
On behalf of UKIP Gloucester Richard Ford, who was UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate for Gloucester in last year’s General Election said :- ” We are absolutely delighted that Daniel has joined UKIP and that we will have such an articulate, energetic and impressive candidate in the forthcoming Longlevens by election. I know that Dan will make an excellent Councillor, and I very much hope that the people of Longlevens will give him that opportunity, and that they will make history by electing the very first UKIP Councillor to Gloucester City Council.”