UKIP unveils its General Election candidate for Hartlepool

UKIP's Phillip Broughton.
UKIP's Phillip Broughton.

Phillip Broughton has been unveiled as UKIP’s Hartlepool candidate for the General Election for a second time.

The 33-year-old supermarket check-out assistant was confirmed at a press conference this afternoon.

He is hoping to go one better than 2015 when he pushed Labour close reducing Mr Wright’s majority to just over 3,000.

UKIP then recorded a 21% swing and says this time it just needs a further 4% to wrestle power from Labour.

Mr Broughton said: “I think we have a great chance of winning the seat this time and I have an amazing team working with me,” said Mr Broughton, who works in the town and owns a property there.

“This is a real UKIP–Labour battleground seat and we just need a 4% swing to win it.

“I am fighting this contest with the aims of protecting the NHS and fighting for local hospital services.

“I also want to see fairer school funding, a tough Brexit involving re-gaining control over our borders and laws.

“To control immigration generally UKIP would introduce an Australian style points system based on the skills that we need in this country.

“It is also important we have a fair economy. There should be tax cuts for the lower paid workers and big businesses must pay their fair share. Law and order is another of my priorities with tougher sentencing and more police officers.”

This time Mr Broughton is up against union official Mike Hill after Iain Wright announced he is stepping down after 13 years.