EXCLUSIVE: Councillor John Whitby Is UKIPs Candidate For Expected Peterborough By-Election

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UKIP’s National Executive Committee decided unanimously today to endorse Councillor John Whitby as UKIP’s candidate for the expected upcoming by-election in Peterborough.

Councillor Whitby is a member of Peterborough City Council having represented his Stanground Ward for nearly 4 years. In 2015, he beat the then leader of Peterborough City Council, Conservative Marco Cereste with 1,560 votes. Peterborough is a unitary authority combined with Cambridgeshire. It voted heavily to leave the EU in the 2016 Referendum and has relatively high levels of immigration.

In the 2017 General Election, Councillor Whitby stood for UKIP in North West Cambridgeshire which is a safe Conservative seat after UKIP decided not to contest the Peterborough seat to allow the then sitting Conservative MP and prominent Brexiteer Stewart Jackson a free run.

Cllr Whitby said:

“I was honoured to be endorsed by a unanimous vote of the UKIP National Executive as the candidate for the future by-election in Peterborough and look forward to a positive campaign to replace the incumbent MP following her conviction at the Old Bailey.”

The former Labour MP for the seat who is currently an independent due to her expulsion from the Labour Party, Fiona Onasanya is expected to be sentenced later this month following her conviction for perverting the course of justice. Depending of the severity of the sentence she could be automatically dismissed as an MP (12 months custodial, suspended or otherwise) or face a recall petition which 10% of electors in Peterborough must back for her to lose her seat (a custodial, suspended or otherwise, sentence of any length). Labour have indicated they would back the recall of Onasanya meaning it will have the support of all the main parties meaning it will most likely succeed and  Onasanya will lose her seat upon it reaching the 10% required.

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5 Responses

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Best of Luck John ! It has to go through the ‘Anti black pc Court first’ but an election seems immanent, and I trust the Peterborough folk to want to make a firm statement for UKIP, and against Lib/Lab/Con ! TIME TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED !

  2. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Good luck to John Whitby, when minds are made up on holding a by-election. As far as Labour voters are concerned in Peterborough, you now see what you have voted for. I recon its time you all raised your game ! When you get the chance, vote for John and UKIP !

  3. ogga1 says:

    Best of luck John,this by-election can really be the lighting of the UKIP touchpaper.

  4. Aelfred says:

    Good luck John and all all who are helping his campaign.

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