UKIP CHOOSES BY-ELECTION CANDIDATE
Thursday, 24th November 2011
UKIP has announced its candidate for the forthcoming Feltham and Heston by-election to be held on Thursday, December 15.
Andrew Charalambous, UKIP's Housing spokesman, has been selected to fight the seat.
Thirty-nine year-old Andrew is a property developer who has spent much of his career helping reduce homelessness in London through an innovative social housing scheme that allows poorer tenants to avoid paying rent and deposits.
Dubbed "a different kind of social entrepreneur" by the Financial Times, he is also founder of Club4Climate, a global environment organisation that launched the the world's first ecological nightclub. The bar, based in King's Cross, features a piezoelectric dance floor that produces electricity by harnessing the movements of people.
Andrew has also served 15 years as a special constable in the City of London and served in the Honourable Artillery Company. He is a patron of the Leukaemia Society and studied Law at London University before qualifying as a barrister.
In last year's General Election he stood as a Conservative Party candidate in Edmonton.
Andrew said: "I am delighted to be standing as a candidate for UKIP, Britain's fastest-growing political party.
"More importantly, the only party which is willing to liberate the British people from the chains of the European Union. It is a great honour to be standing for UKIP and I will use every bit of I energy I possess to campaign tirelessly to give UKIP its first MP in Westminster.
"I have stood for parliament before and I know the effort required. Previously, I stood as a Conservative, but that party has let everybody down which is why I am now standing for UKIP. The Tories are now completely detached from the British people. They failed to give us the referendum that they promised on our EU membership which is now costing us in excess of £50million everyday.
"Immigration has significantly increased since the Coalition came to power in spite of their promises to the British people. Front line services are being cut affecting those who need our protection the most: the elderly, the seriously ill and the disabled. It is about time that the people of Britain were put first."
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "Andrew is an excellent candidate. He fully grasps what matters to the people in this country and will fight tooth and nail for those in Feltham and Heston. UKIP are currently doing well in the polls in Greater London, often beating the Liberal Democrats. The time has come for a fresh voice in British politics and increasingly for many, UKIP is THAT voice."