Former Labour MP to stand as a UKIP PPC

Monday 13th October 2014 08:28 EDT

A former Labour Parliamentary candidate has been adopted as a prospective Parliamentary candidate for Hertsmere by the UKIP for next year's general election.

The Hertsmere used to be represented by Conservative MP James Clappison since 1992, who has announced earlier this year that he would like to resign from politics.

Councillor Richard Butler has now been announced as the Labour party candidate.

Frank Ward, 75, who had been a member of the Labour Party for 45 years, joined UKIP in October 2013 after the Labour party refused to re-elect him in 2006.

Mr Ward is well known for his campaign to prevent the closure of the Hare Krishna Temple Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham, which he believes caused his rift with the Labour.

On his appointment, the retired chartered builder and chartered manager reportedly said, “The reason I agreed to stand was to give the people of Hertsmere the opportunity to express their judgement on the other parties and find an alternative.

“I’ve got enough fire in my belly for this.”

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