A serviceman has been selected to contest a Conservative seat for Ukip.
Christopher Vickers, 29, was selected by members of the Stevenage branch of Ukip to contest the town’s parliamentary seat in next year’s elections.
Mr Vickers currently serves in the Army Reserves with the 3rd battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment, and has been on tours of duty in Iraq, in addition to serving as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus.
On being selected, Mr Vickers said: “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to represent Ukip in the upcoming General Election.
“We must now move forward and hit the ground running. Stevenage is a winnable seat for Ukip, so we will get out there and start campaigning on the doors.
“It is my aim, that every door in the constituency will be knocked on by my team and I.
“My experience as a non-commissioned officer in the British Army has given me the leadership skills to present a credible alternative to the failed old political parties in Stevenage.”
Mr Vickers, who works for an IT company in London in his civilian life, continued: “This election is not just about me, it is about the people.
“I will say what I believe and will not give you any nonsensical spin. With me, what you see is what you get.
“We will also be fielding a full slate of local council candidates and it is our intention to win multiple seats, to loosen the stranglehold of the Labour party on this town.”