Darlington Council have issued a statement following an appalling failure of their systems which lead to ballot papers in the Harrowgate Hill Ward of Darlington being issued with the UKIP candidate, David Hodgson's name being removed.
David Hodgson said, "Whilst the error was rectified after a number of people contacted UKIP to complain that my name was not on the ballot paper. There are serious questions to answer at the Council.
"How can this have happened? Who is going to take responsibility? And what will be done to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again and no candidate ever finds themselves removed from the ballot paper in future.
What is particularly galling is that Darlington Council is not prepared to take responsibility nor offer an apology".
UKIP are considering what action to take in the circumstances.