UKIP’s General Election candidate for Hartlepool has defended putting a bed and breakfast down as his home address on his nomination form.
Phillip Broughton has a home in Stockton but put the address of a B&B in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, on the Statement of Persons Nominated form.
Labour candidate Mike Hill has accused him of misleading voters and Conservative candidate Carl Jackson said Mr Broughton owes people an explanation.
Mr Broughton said he has been living at the Brafferton Guest House in Stockton Road for about the last month in the run up to the election on June 8.
Mr Broughton told the Mail: “That is the address where I’m living and have been for the last month.
“I’m not trying to hoodwink anybody, I’m an honest and straight-forward guy.
“I’ve got an office in town, I have spent four years working and campaigning here.
“I think people know I am committed to Hartlepool.”
Regarding the bed and breakfast he added: “I needed somewhere and the short notice of the General Election being called took us all by surprise.
“It’s about all I could afford.”
Labour’s Mike Hill said: “Mr Broughton is misleading and disrespecting voters and it’s an insult to the electorate.
“I think it’s important that the people of Hartlepool have a local candidate to champion their cause, and if elected that’s what I intend to do.”
Carl Jackson, who hails from a village in Buckinghamshire, said: “Given he has admitted to having a home in Stockton yet he has put an address on the nomination paper as a bed and breakfast where he has admitted he is renting a room I think at the very least he owes the people of Hartlepool an explanation as to why he’s done that and what his real home address is.”
Liberal Democrat candidate Andy Hagon, who is originally from Hartlepool, but put his home address down as ‘the York Outer Constituency’, said: “What Mr Broughton puts down as his home address is up to him.
“He has decided to put a guest house down and that’s his decision. I don’t want this to detract from the real business of who is going to do the best job for the people of the town.
“What I would rather be talking about is the Liberal Democrat policies we want to pursue in Hartlepool.
“We have got a local manifesto that sets out what we want to do for Hartlepool.”