WITH under a year to go until the General Election, the battle for South Derbyshire’s seat in Parliament is hotting up after UKIP selected Derby city councillor Alan Graves as its candidate for the district.
Tory MP Heather Wheeler questioned the choice, saying it was ‘strange’ that Mr Graves would be campaigning for votes in an area where he is not a councillor, adding the same applied to Labour rival Cheryl Pidgeon, who sits on Erewash Borough Council.
But Mr Graves said: “I actually live in South Derbyshire, but just over the border. I’m active politically in South Derbyshire as well as Derby.
“What people really want is politicians who care about where they live and where they work.”
UKIP has been buoyed by a strong showing at the European elections and will be hoping they can take their first seats in Parliament next year.
Mike Green will stand for UKIP in Burton, where the Conservatives have a majority of around 7,000.