UKIP Bradford is proud to announce the following Parliamentary Candidates will be standing in Bradford West, East and South Constituencies:
The Candidates have issued the following election statements:
Derrick Hodgson: Bradford West
I was born and bred in Bradford West and lived there for almost 50 years. Educated in Manningham and Heaton, I have worked within the Bradford District all my life. Whilst I now live in Bingley, I spent 35 years in Clayton and my children still live there. I know the area very well.
Almost half of Bradford West (49.1%) voted to leave the EU, with much higher figures voting Leave in Thornton, Allerton and Clayton. I am standing in this election to represent those voters.
The election campaign so far seems to be dominated by the two Muslim women candidates, and who can best represent the Muslim community of Bradford. As the UKIP candidate, we have far-reaching social integration policies that aim to integrate all religions and faiths into British culture, and to promote the rights of women within all faiths.
Bradford seems to have been long forgotten by Labour since its former heyday. We desperately need a major employer to bring jobs and prosperity back to Bradford. We need affordable and co-ordinated public transport to alleviate pressures of parking at BRI Hospital and we need to re-generate the City Centre. These will be my top priorities, if elected.
Jonathan Barras: Bradford East
My name is Jonathan Barras and I am your UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Bradford East. When it comes to myself I am a local, I grew up in Holmewood, I spent a time in Scarborough, I lived between Thornbury and Barkerend for 6 years and I have now lived in Ravenscliffe for the past 6 years. I am a normal family man married for 10 years to my wife who grew up between Ravenscliffe and Thornbury and we have 3 children.
As to why I am standing in this election that is for the simple reason, I want to help people. Being in UKIP I’m obviously pro Brexit but that is not all I am, I want the districts education standards to improve and I want to see an end to austerity as well, I want to see the conservative cuts that have affected so many people and services in such a negative way come to an end.
The government must be held to account for its actions over the past 7 years and Bradford East needs an MP willing to voice the concerns of residents, if I am elected I will be that MP.
I am a local man, growing up in Holmewood, having also lived in Thornbury and Barkerend. I now live in Ravenscliffe, within the Bradford East constituency, and have done so for the past 6 years. I am a family man, married for 10 years to my wife who is also a Bradfordian, and we have 3 children.
As for why I am standing in this election; there is simple answer – I want to help people. Being in UKIP I’m obviously pro Brexit but that is not all I am. I want the district’s education standards improve and I want to see an end to austerity; I want to see the Conservative cuts that have affected so many people and services, in such a negative way, come to an end. The Conservative Government must be held to account for its actions over the past 7 years. Bradford East needs an MP willing to voice the concerns of residents; if elected, I will be that MP.
Stephen Place: Bradford South
I was born in Sandy Lane and grew up in Allerton.
I went on to live in Thornton and then Queensbury for several years.
I was a policeman in Bradford from 1978 until 1996. I served on the beat, in CID and went on to spend most of my service on the Mounted Horse branch.
I was on duty throughout the Yorkshire Ripper enquiry, the summer riots of 1981 and, sadly, at Bradford City Football ground during the tragic fire of 1985.
After leaving the Police Force, I began a training company delivering modern apprenticeships in horse care, animal care and veterinary nursing. We also trained people in first aid, the retail sector and health and safety. This work included contracts with the then Learning Skills Council in Bradford and enabled me to work with many businesses in the area.