THINGS are hotting up in the race for the Gloucester seat ahead of the May 2015 General Election.
UKIP has announced 27-year-old Luke Hindhaugh will be representing the party.
We already know that Conservative Richard Graham will be fighting to retain his seat, but Labour’s Sophy Gardner is hoping to take it from him.
It will be interesting to see how UKIP damage either of the aforementioned candidate’s chances.
The fringe party is certainly making headlines at the moment, although not always for the right reasons.
Mr Hindhaugh’s announcement that he would be standing, however, fell quite short of the measure.
He made an attack on Ms Gardner because she is not from Gloucester.
UKIP boasted that they did not have to ‘parachute in’ their candidate, who lives in Coney Hill.
Quite ironic that Ms Gardner is a former RAF wing commander who has a sky-diving qualification – presumably the perfect candidate to ‘parachute’ in?
But on a serious note, let’s clear the issue up.
Ms Gardner has enjoyed a 19-year career in the Air Force which has meant more than 30 house moves in her time.
Now she has just bought and moved into a new flat in Moreland.
But let’s look at this idea of parachuting someone in.
Most progressive cities are made up of well-travelled people who move around for their jobs.
We are not living in some pre-war era anymore, as much as UKIP might like to think.
If I had spent a lifetime as a reporter in my small hometown, I would have led a pretty sheltered life.
But my ‘parachuting’ into Gloucester two years ago, via London and Wiltshire, is no slur on my ability to love and feel passionate about our great city.
In fact, we can only benefit from people who have lived elsewhere.
Look at Jason Smith, the chief executive of Marketing Gloucester.
He might be a Glawster lad originally but he has done business all over the world and brings a unique insight into his work in promoting the city.
If we are going to get pedantic, Mr Hindhaugh also parachuted into the city – by his own admission, he has lived here since 2008.
Will UKIP now extol a positive agenda about what Mr Hindhaugh might bring to Gloucester with his well-travelled background?