Having listened to UKIP members and supporters I have decided not to contest the North Dorset parliamentary seat in the forthcoming General Election.
The vast majority of our members and supporters have made it quite clear that they wish us to allow Theresa May to gain the mandate she claims she needs to bring about a full and clean UK exit from the European Union.
Whilst Simon Hoare, North Dorset’s Conservative MP supported remaining in the EU, he has consistently stated he will abide by the decision in the Referendum and will not frustrate the will of the majority of those of the British people who voted to leave.
Furthermore, as a junior member of Mrs May’s Government he will be expected to support her in achieving a British exit from the EU.
I will therefore not oppose Simon Hoare, despite his past pro-EU leanings, and in spite of coming second in North Dorset in the last General Election.
I will not however be giving him any support, as I do not want to be party to legitimising any Tory back-sliding from a true exit from the EU that may occur in the future.
My message to Simon Hoare is, although you are all wearing UKIP clothing, we will be watching.