UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton was today selected to fight the Newport West by-election, to be held on April 4th.
The by-election, called after the death of long-standing MP Paul Flynn will be the first electoral test after 'Brexit day' on March 29, 2019.
Neil Hamilton said,
"I have long-standing family links with Newport. My parents were married in Rogerstone. My mother's family lived in Castleton 200 years ago and moved to Risca when the coal industry developed. I was born in the old county of Monmouthshire and lived in Blackwood as a boy.
"The Conservatives and Labour are jointly betraying Brexit. May and Corbyn are determined to stop us leaving the EU on 29 March. Labour now wants a second referendum, to try and reverse the last People's Vote. The Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru are total Eurofanatics. They think they know best. This by-election is a chance to poke them all in the eye.
"Newport voted "Leave" by a large majority (56%-44%), but the political Establishment refuses to listen. UKIP is the only party committed to an immediate, clean Brexit.
"On April 4, Newport West can deliver a lightning bolt to Westminster and Cardiff Bay and make the political elite listen to the People. Newport can make Brexit happen.
"After 20 years of devolution, Wales is now the poorest part of the UK. I will set out UKIP's plans to put more money into the pockets of ordinary people - strict immigration control to combat wage-depression, cheap food by scrapping EU import taxes, cheaper electricity and gas by scrapping "green taxes," ending the BBC TV licence fee, slashing non-humanitarian foreign aid and abolishing VAT on basic necessities.
"None of the other parties supports any of the above. This election will show that UKIP is back and firing on all cylinders."
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said,
"Neil Hamilton is an enormously experienced campaigner who has been fighting to keep Britain out of the EU since 1967. UKIP is taking this by-election very seriously, and we are committing significant resources to it.
"If the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union at 11 pm on March 29, Remainer MPs in Leave majority seats will be fearful for their political futures and UKIP is ready to challenge the political establishment in every corner of the country starting with Newport."