UKIP members in North Dorset selected former Tory Agent, Steve Unwin, at Pimperne Village Hall last night (Monday 4 November) as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to challenge Bob Walter’s seat at the next General Election.
The Dorset North UKIP Constituency Chairman, John Baxter, who had chaired the hustings said “I am delighted to have a PPC of the calibre of Steve Unwin. His enthusiasm is infectious, his knowledge vast, and his actions are already paying dividends in terms of new members and supporters, invigorating our
growing association. Steve will be a super candidate and will bring a blast of fresh air and common sense to the Dorset North political scene.”
Steve was a full-time professional Conservative Party Agent for 17 years in Oxford West & Abingdon and North Dorset. He has considerable campaign experience and has acted as Election Agent to both John Patten (the former Secretary of State for Education, now the Baron Patten of Wincanton) in the 1987 and 1992 General Elections and for Bob Walter in the 1997 and 2001 General Elections, as well as for over 250 local government candidates.
After 10 years absence from the Conservative Party, Steve joined UKIP and has been actively campaigning every week recruiting helpers for the party. “The day David Cameron declared that in 2017 he would have a referendum on EU membership was the day I joined UKIP,” says Steve.
“It was weasel words: he would renegotiate with the EU but there was no mention of what he wanted to renegotiate, and in spite of what was or was not agreed, he would ‘campaign rigorously’ for Britain to remain in the EU. He had already broken his 2007 promise of a “cast iron guarantee” of an EU referendum if he became PM, and clearly does not want out, in any circumstances. Cameron has worked very hard to put off traditional supporters, but that was the final tipping-point for me to now work hard to get him out.”
Steve has lived in Shaftesbury town centre for 19 years. He married Jane in Motcombe near Shaftesbury, in 1996, and for 10 years they have run an internet vintage book selling business. They have one daughter who attends the local Shaftesbury School.
UKIP will be targeting North Dorset which is currently represented by Bob Walter, a former Chairman and current Patron of the federalist Conservative Europe Group.