Election 2017: Ukip wants to ‘take control’ of Brexit negotiations

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 May 2017

Left to right: Dagenham and Rainham candidate Peter Harris and Romford candidate Andy Beadle.

Left to right: Dagenham and Rainham candidate Peter Harris and Romford candidate Andy Beadle.


One of the borough’s Ukip candidates says Theresa May will lead “weak negotiations” for Brexit if she becomes prime minister.

Peter Harris, Ukip candidate for the Dagenham and Rainham constituency, believes his party will give residents the Brexit that they voted in favour of last year.

He said: “We need to hold the government’s feet to the fire as Brexit means exit.

“She [Theresa May] has failed to follow up on a lot of her promises and was a remainer herself so she will carry out weak negotiations.

“Ukip will take control of negotiations and ensure that we take back control of our laws and our borders.”

Dagenham-born Peter came second in the 2015 election but hopes to come out on top this time around.

He will be up against Conservative Julie Marson and Labour’s Jon Cruddas.

Peter said: “I am not afraid to speak and stand up for residents.

“I have strong ties to this constituency and I am committed.”

Standing for Romford on behalf of Ukip is 54-year-old Andy Beadle who also stood in the 2015 general election.

Conservative Andrew Rosindell was the MP for 16 years.

Andy said: “Ukip has consistently had a lot of support in the area and many of those supporters said that if we did not stand they would feel cheated as they would have no one to vote for.

“I have a lot of respect for Andrew and his stance on the EU, however there is a feeling among many voters that he takes their support for granted and that he only takes up issues close to his heart – I will represent everyone.”

The father-of-one who works as an engineer in Heathrow, is also secretary for the Ukip London Region Committee and thinks that over development in the borough is a “major issue” he wishes to tackle if elected.

It was announced last month that Harold Hill councillor Lawrence Webb will also represent the party for the Hornchurch and Upminster constituency.

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