UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall is to meet father of murdered redcap Simon Miller on a visit to Sunderland.
Mr Nuttall will meet John Miller, whose son Corporal Simon Miller, from Washington, was one six young military policemen murdered in Majar Al Kabir Iraq in June 2003.
The UKIP MEP is visiting Sunderland tomorrow, when he will also be the guest speaker at a party meeting at the Toby Carvery in Barnes Park.
Mr Nuttall is a former university lecturer and professional footballer who has made numerous appearances on Question Time, Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Radio 5 live and Talk Sport.
He will be joined by Councillor Diane James, who came second in the Eastliegh by-election with 30 Per cent of the vote – the closest a UKIP member has come to winning a seat in the House of Commons.
The meeting will be chaired by Wearside Branch Chairman and Houghton & Sunderland South Parliamentary candidate Richard Elvin.
He said: “We are delighted that Paul and Diane have been able to fit this public event into their busy schedules.
“I am particularly pleased that Paul has shown an interest in the tragic case of the murder of Cpl Simon Miller and his five fellow soldiers.
“After Party leader Nigel Farage’s resounding success over deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the recent EU in out debates, UKIP supporters in Sunderland are jubilant.
“Paul and Diane are a great fans of the North East and we look forward to hearing their views on why they believe the UK will be better off out of the EU.”