Richard Barnes, author of the report on the 7/7 London Bombings and the former Deputy Mayor under Boris Johnson, has joined UKIP.
Mr Barnes said: “I am delighted to join a party that says what it does and does what it says. My main reason for joining the party is its wholehearted opposition to the HS2 railway project that was always an expensive bung to the marginal seats in the Midlands, but is a £50 billion white elephant that will have virtually no impact on the vast majority of train users, but will drain transport coffers”.
“UKIP talks to, listens to and speaks for the ordinary men and women of this country in a way that the other parties just cannot grasp. On issues such as education, taxation, immigration and of course the European Union it is UKIP that is speaking for the majority.”
Diane James MEP, the UKIP Home Affairs spokesman said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard who brings a wealth of experience into the party on counter terrorism and community cohesion. As UKIP grows it is apparent that it is becoming the home to more and more people of depth, experience and authority”.
Nigel Farage welcomed Mr Barnes unreservedly: “It is great to have Richard along, both as a man of great political experience, but also for his depth of knowledge of counter terrorism.”