One of UKIP’s top target seats at the General Election next year is Great Yarmouth in East Anglia. A recent poll carried out by Lord Ashroft placed them in second in the constituency on 31%. However, the BBC reported in March that Matthew Smith, the councillor who had been selected to stand for UKIP in Great Yarmouth in the General Election had been summoned to face charges of electoral malpractice.
The charges relate to the nomination papers he submitted to stand as a candidate in the Norfolk County Council elections in 2013 and involve allegations that signatures were forged. to stand for election at local government level, each candidate must find 10 people to nominate them as a candidate. It’s usually pretty easy to get 10 people to do that, you just need to knock on a few doors. From the BBC article it looks like it is alleged that 7 of those signature were forgeries. If true this is a really stupid offence to commit.
I should point out that Mr Smith denies the charges, but in order to fight them (or because if he is found guilty he would be barred from standing next year), he has now stood down as the prospective candidate for Great Yarmouth, and becomes the latest casualty in a long line of UKIP candidates who have fallen by the wayside on the way to electoral triumph 😉 .
P.S. This will be my last post for a week or so as I am going on holiday. Yay!