Isle of Wight UKIP figure Daryll Pitcher has been confirmed as the party’s third placed candidate on the South East list for the EU elections being held on 23rd May.
These elections, held due to the failure of the UK to leave the EU at the designated time and the subsequent extension of the Article 50 process, will select 10 MEPs for the region.
Daryll is well known to many Islanders as he stood for UKIP in the General Election of 2017 and represented Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight Council for 4 years, leading the UKIP Group there.
Announcing his confirmation Daryll said:
“It is a sad for democracy that we have to hold these elections. I have campaigned tirelessly for many years to leave the EU and just as I thought we had achieved it, it is being snatched away from us. I cannot back down and watch the betrayal of 17.4 million people so I will fight for Brexit and deliver the UKs freedom from the EU.”
“It is time for a new generation of Brexiteers to step forward and take on this great task. While Brexit hasn’t quite fallen at the last fence, it is certainly wobbling and it needs a helping hand to guide it across the line. That is why I urge everyone to vote UKIP on May 23rd in order to make Brexit happen.”
Regarding the Island, Daryll says:
“While delivering Brexit for the 62% of Islanders who voted Leave is vital, so too is representing the other interests people have. If elected I will set up an office here so that I can get the feedback that I need. While I would represent the whole South East, the Island is still my home.”
In 2014, UKIP got 32% of the vote and four MEPs in the South East. In that election, Diane James was UKIPs third placed candidate.