Selby and Ainsty Parliamentary candidates, part two

UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Selby and Ainsty Colin Heath. (S)
UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Selby and Ainsty Colin Heath. (S)

The UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Selby and Ainsty is Colin Heath.

An energy surveyor, Mr Heath, 65, was in the Royal Navy until 1998. Following that, the Selby resident worked as a podiatrist in Harrogate for eight years. Mr Heath has also been a parish councillor in Cawood.

Asked his motivation for running, he said: “I need to give people a choice, because at the moment the other two parties have turned out to be so similar that there isn’t much choice between them.

“And my background will help as an MP. I genuinely am a man of the people and I haven’t gone straight into politics from Oxbridge.”

Covering large population centres like Tadcaster and Selby, the constituency has been in the hands of current Conservative MP Nigel Adams since the 2010 election.

Mr Adams won the seat with 49.4 per cent of the vote (a majority vote of 12,265 people - 23.7 per cent).

Local issues attracting Mr Heath’s attention include Selby coalfield and power stations, which he said he plans to investigate.

Many other difficulties, he said, will be fixed by removing the UK from the EU.

He said: “It is dead simple: I’m a member of UKIP, so our primary objective is to get us out of Europe. That will get rid of many of the problems our country is facing.

“We have to have immigrants, I understand that, but we are in a stage when we can start to be more selective, like New Zealand, and Australia, and Canada.

“We just want to have the right sort of people. All of the health and social housing and welfare is diluted.”

Mr Heath said his campaign so far has been about listening to people and hearing what it is they want.

“My remit is that I have to do whatever the local people tell me whether or not it complies with UKIP policy,” he said.

“We are not whipped like the others. We have to do what is right for local people because we are keen on localism. We are not driven by dogma.”

Though Labour won the seat in 1997, 2001, and 2005, the 2010 election saw a 9.7 per cent swing to Mr Adams and the Conservative Party.