Ahead of the crucial Manchester Central by-election, the chairman of UKIP Manchester has stepped up to represent his party in November.
Chris Cassidy has lived in Manchester all his life, growing up in Wythenshawe and attending Xaverian College. He will now be pitted against Labour’s Lucy Powell, Liberal Democrat candidate Marc Ramsbottom, and the Pirate Party’s Loz Kaye.
Mr Cassidy competed in the Wythenshawe & Sale East election in 2010, and will be looking to fare better after only getting 3.4 percent of the vote.
He said: “I have grown up in the area and understand the problems that Manchester Central faces, such as high unemployment, crime and drugs on our streets.
“People want to feel safe, both in their jobs and homes, and if elected those issues would be high on my agenda.”
“I also think it is a travesty that Manchester Central has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK. This must change and I want to play a role in consigning such a statistic to history.
“I believe I can be a voice for the working class people who have been neglected by party politics over the last few decades. I have a passion for Manchester and its people and will work tirelessly to help the communities that need it most.”
UKIP have pre-empted the Conservative party, who are yet to put a candidate forward for November’s by-election.