UKIP candidate unveiled to stand against Grant Shapps in 2015 General Election

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 October 2014

Welwyn Hatfield UKIP chairman Arthur Stevens.

Welwyn Hatfield UKIP chairman Arthur Stevens.

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UKIP has chosen its man to contest the Welwyn Hatfield constituency at next year's General Election.

Woolmer Green resident Arthur Stevens has got the nod to stand for the anti-EU party.

Mr Stevens grew up on a council estate in Edmonton, North London, and went through the comprehensive education system.

After many years working in the financial services industry, he started his own property management business, which is now in its 15th year.

A spokesman said: “He is a passionate defender of our greenbelt, the NHS, and the right for the British people to govern themselves rather than being dictated to by the EU.

“After becoming disillusioned and frustrated with the established political parties’ failure to represent the needs and wishes of the electorate and increasingly attracted to UKIP’s commonsense approach, Mr Stevens decided to enter the political arena, where his interest is to increase the accountability, efficiency and transparency of Local and Central government.”

He pledged to “endeavour to align politics with people’s needs, ensuring a balance between the interest of the local and national communities as well as between individuals and business interests, and developing opportunities benefitting our whole community”.

“These are exciting times to be part of Britain’s fastest growing political party, and I consider it a real honour to have been selected as one of the party’s prospective parliamentary candidates.

“Welwyn Hatfield is a beautiful part of Hertfordshire that has been home to vibrant industry and commerce, yet over recent decades has been neglected.

“I will work to change that.

“That is my priority.”

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