UKP Announce Their Wimbledon Election Candidate

Mitcham & Morden candidate is also named

Merton UKIP selected two Prospective Parliamentary Candidates last night to fight the Wimbledon and Mitcham & Morden constituencies in May's General Election.

For Wimbledon, the party selected Peter Bucklitsch (top right), an accountant and former Liberal Democrat Councillor and Parliamentary candidate.

Peter Bucklitsch joined UKIP in 2013 after leaving the Lib Dems over the issue of university tuition fees. Born in Nelson Hospital, brought up in Raynes Park and New Malden, he went to school in Wimbledon. Leaving school to work in the City, he followed a career that encompassed multi-user accounting systems and electronic record management.

He said: "UKIP represents the aspirations of extraordinary people – those who live and work in the UK. We are a party that has people in politics as opposed to the established parties who merely provide career opportunities to those who do not relish real work.

"Like many others in UKIP, I began to take an interest in politics as a result of my own experiences running a business and the realisation that we are not well served by career politicians who have no idea of the challenges facing businesses today. I'm in this for Wimbledon and for my country, not to pursue a high-flying political career."

Former UKIP Councillor Richard Hilton (bottom right), a Programme Director in the Telecoms industry was selected to fight the Labour-held Mitcham & Morden seat where he was a Councillor representing Lower Morden Ward for the last four years.

Richard Hilton, who exposed the controversy of "boomerang bosses" at Merton Council, joined UKIP in a high profile defection along with two other former Conservative Councillors in May 2013.

A senior manager at a major UK Telecommunications Company, he said: "Years of mass uncontrolled immigration, and a lack of investment in the area by both Labour and the Tories have taken local services like our schools and hospitals to breaking point. UKIP is now the real opposition in Mitcham & Morden and I will always act in the interests of local people."

UKIP also announced they’ll be holding a public meeting to 'Meet the Candidates' at the Assembly Rooms in Lower Morden at 7.15pm on December 2.

November 20, 2014