A green thinking politician who is a fan of William Hague has been selected as UKIP’s MP hopeful for Mid Beds in next year’s election battle.
Father of three Nigel Wickens has been a UKIP member ‘on and off’ for almost 20 years but he had a brief spell as a Tory supporter during William Hague’s leadership of the party.
“I have a background in environment so I’m keen to protect the environment and the green belt,” said the 53 year old. “I’m certainly opposed to any move to sell off forests and woodlands in England, so that they are kept as free open areas for the public to enjoy.”
He’s also keen to see more emphasis on the environment when considering transport infrastructure and planning and he says the public should have a strong voice when it comes to decisions on planning applications.
Nigel lives near Newport Pagnell but has plans to move into the Mid Beds constituency in the new year as the 2015 election campaign heats up.
He was inspired to join UKIP back in the 1990s when Alan Sked was leading the party but was enticed away for a short time by the Conservative Party when William Hague was at the helm.
“I think he had tremendous leadership potential that the Conservative Party never allowed to be realised,” said Nigel, who has been a district and parish councillor. He has also served as a Special Constable and is a qualified football referee.
Nigel will go up against current MP for the area Nadine Dorries, who attracted criticism when she entered the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here jungle back in 2012.
The constituency has elected Conservative MPs since 1931 but Nigel, who favours an immigration policy that is ‘fair to British people’, said: “I think there is a significant move towards UKIP’s policies throughout the UK.
“I think there is a whole shift of opinion towards the core values of UKIP, which is to be fair towards the British public.”