Brexit Party to challenge local MPs
21st August 2019
NIGEL Farage’s Brexit Party has announced Prospective Parliamentary Candidates [PPC] to challenge the local Members of Parliament.
Christopher Pendleton has been selected to oppose Tunbridge Wells Conservative MP Greg Clark in the eventuality that a vote of no confidence is lost by the current PM, Boris Johnson, forcing a general election.
Mr Pendleton, a retired senior manager from Kent Foods was born in Tunbridge Wells, the only Kent constituency where the majority voted remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with only 44.6 per cent voting to leave the EU.
Also readying himself to take on Mr Clark in the ‘remainer’ constituency is current Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Chapelard, who says he believes the country has ‘seen the lies of the Brexiteers’ and has ‘changed its mind about leaving the EU’.
During May’s European Elections, the Brexit Party won four out of the ten seats contested for the South-East region, and nationally secured 29 MEPs out of the UK’s 73 seats.
In Tunbridge Wells they secured 32 per cent share of the local vote beating all other parties.
In nearby Tonbridge & Malling where Nigel Farage’s party stormed to victory in the European elections, securing 15,713 votes or 42.2 per cent of the local vote, MP Tugendhat is also being challenged by a Brexit Party hopeful.
Stephen Peddie is hoping to appeal to the 52.9 per cent who voted leave in the referendum, while MP for Wealden, Nus Ghani, is also facing a challenge from the party with Peter Griffiths having been chosen to represent the party in the 52.8 per cent leave constituency.
So far, the Brexit Party has announced 150 PPCs out of the 650 parliamentary constituencies in the UK.