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'Disillusionment has driven me to stand as MP'

PUBLISHED: 13:15 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 23 August 2010

A PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate claims he has no choice but to run for MP as voters become disillusioned with mainstream parties. Geoffrey Clark, 63, The UK Independence Party representative for Gravesham, only joined the party in May this year. H

A PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate claims he has no choice but to run for MP as voters become disillusioned with mainstream parties.

Geoffrey Clark, 63, The UK Independence Party representative for Gravesham, only joined the party in May this year.

He explained that anger at not just the government but the political process has led him to stand against Conservative MP Adam Holloway.

Mr Clark said: "I have never been so disillusioned in my life with our political process.

"In that situation you either chose to bury your head in the sand or make a stand."

Mr Clark, of Wrotham Road, Meopham, is not completely new to politics, fighting as a Social Democratic Party candidate in Greenwich in 1982 and '86, for Woolwich East, before moving to Meopham later that year.

He added: "At no time then did I ever harbour a wish to become a parliamentary candidate," he said.

Mr Clark owns his own consultancy firm in the village and is married and has a 13-year-old daughter.

Asked whether he would give up his day job should he be elected, Mr Clark first stressed that this was his personal, rather than party view, but he believed members should keep their jobs.

He said: "Members should come from a spectrum of society, and therefore be sheet metal workers, or aristocrats. I don't give a tinker's cuss if they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths as long as they are working in the interests of the country and their constituents. It is therefore a benefit to the country that they do have another job and outside interests."

Asked about his feelings on UKIP founder Nigel Farage, who began his career in Bromley, Mr Clark expressed appreciation for his abilities and wished him luck in contesting the Buckingham seat, adding: "I have got a high regard for Nigel. I have met him twice before, once in Buckingham and at a recent hustings event in the south east as part of our campaign to elect a new leader. He is a man of excellent judgement and is a fantastic public speaker."

UKIP Gravesham officially launches on Saturday with Mr Clark joined by committee chairman Dr Robert Shanks and treasurer David Beattie.

For more information about the party contact enquiries@ukipgravesham.org.uk

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