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UKIP's Luke Hindhaugh, 27, will fight Gloucester constituency

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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UKIP candidate Luke Hindhaugh, who is just 27 years old

UKIP parliamentary candidate Luke Hindhaugh has announced he will be fighting for the Gloucester seat.

The 27-year-old will be appealing for the support of voters in the May 2015 General Election.

The UK Independence Party selected Mr Hindhaugh to go up against current Conservative MP Richard Graham and Labour’s Sophy Gardner.

The Liberal Democrats have yet to announce their candidate, but it is widely tipped to be city and county councillor Jeremy Hilton again.

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Mr Hindhaugh works for the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and lives in Coney Hill.

Mike Smith, UKIP’s branch chairman for Gloucester, said: “Luke is young and passionate about our city. He lives here so we haven’t had to ‘parachute in’ a candidate like certain other parties.”

Mr Hindhaugh said: “It is a great honour to be selected as the UKIP candidate for Gloucester. It is an amazing city full of beauty and history.

“However, for too long politicians have ignored the potential of the city and have failed to invest. Not only have they failed to invest but the Conservative-run city council has increased the council debt by 12.64 per cent over the last four years.

“I have lived in Gloucester since 2008 and already have been actively campaigning in the city. I will continue to do so as a UKIP parliamentary candidate. My aim is to meet as many people as possible and make sure that they are aware that it is UKIP that offers real change. We are the only party that has the opportunity of setting policy outside of an EU framework.”

City council leader Paul James hit back at Mr Hindhaugh’s comments. He said: “We only finance our spending through borrowing for capital projects when there’s a clear business case for it and when we know were the money is coming from to repay it. I suggest there maybe better areas for Luke to campaign on.”

Former RAF wing commander Sophy Gardner also hit back, revealing she has bought a flat in Moreland which she has just moved into. She said: “When you have served your country for 19 years and moved more than 30 times you don’t come from anywhere but I have said this before and I will say it again that I was selected by Gloucester people who are Labour party members. I was chosen in an open contest to represent Gloucester.”

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