Landlord launches election bid after death of UKIP councillor

UKIP CANDIDATE ... Colin Campbell.
UKIP CANDIDATE ... Colin Campbell.
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A LANDLORD is to fight for a ward after a councillor died from alcoholism.

Ex-marine engineer Colin Campbell is to stand in the Cleadon and East Boldon ward, which is vacant following the death of UKIP councillor David Potts at the age of 30.

No date has yet been set for the election, but is likely to be in June.

The United Kingdom Independence Party achieved almost 25 per cent of the vote in the recent South Shields Parliamentary by-election as its support nationwide also soared.

The ward is represented by a Conservative, Coun Jeff Milburn, and Labour’s Joan Atkinson.

Mr Campbell, who lives in the ward and owns several properties in the borough, joined UKIP late last year, said: “I knew Pottsy from when he was 18.

“He will be a hard act to follow.”