We can beat the Tories says new UKIP candidate

UKIP area chairman Mike Beecham with Horncastle and Louth candidate Coun Colin Mair EMN-140809-154634001
UKIP area chairman Mike Beecham with Horncastle and Louth candidate Coun Colin Mair EMN-140809-154634001

The UKIP candidate for the Louth and Horncastle constituency in next year’s General Election believes he can stop Tory domination of the seat.

County councillor Colin Mair, the leader of UKIP at County Hall, will fight to succeed Sir Peter Tapsell, who has turned the constituency into a Conservative stronghold.

Coun Mair’s appointment ends speculation that a big name candidate would be selected by UKIP.

Party activists always favoured a local candidate and it is understood Coun Mair was the only person to put his name forward.

Coun Mair has lived in Coningsby for 14 years and is confident he can exploit local knowledge and defeat Tory candidate Victoria Atkins, who is from Gloucestershire.

He said: “I have been putting in a lot of hard work as a county councillor.

“I have dealt with issues that matter - whether it’s potholes, flooding, proposed housing developments, overcrowded schools and libraries.

“I am everything she (Mrs Atkins) isn’t.

“Even Conservative activists have told me I stand a chance.

“In District and County elections in this area, we have seen a significant number of voted come to UKIP.

“I am going into it confident. The steamroller is gathering momentum. I definitely feel that. I love a fight.”

Coun Mair is originally from South Yorkshire and was a soldier in the Royal Signals. He studied at Leeds University gaining a degree in biochemistry and physiology.

Together with wife Marion, he has three sons and the couple have fostered for many years.

He said he was ‘honoured’ to be given the chance to contest the seat. His nomination will be ratified at a meeting in Horncastle next week.

*Labour’s candidate in the election is Matthew Brown.