Local metal trader and businessman, Steve Winstone has described his selection as UKIP’s candidate in the forthcoming Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election as an “honour” saying he will be basing his campaign on “fighting for steel jobs”, “tackling local issues” and “fighting to bring real change to the area”.
Mr Winstone, who stood for UKIP in the Sheffield South constituency at the 2015 general election, was confirmed as UKIP's by-election candidate by the Party's National Executive Committee.
Speaking after the announcement, Mr Winstone said, “I am absolutely delighted to be picked from a strong field of potential candidates and very honoured to have the opportunity to represent UKIP in the forthcoming Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough by-election.”
"By-elections are never easy, especially following the death of a popular, sitting Member of Parliament, but this is an opportunity for residents to get real change in Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough.”
“For years the Sheffield area has been a Labour stronghold and in that time we have seen the steel industry reduced from a thriving business to virtually nothing; years of underinvestment; and an abject failure to attract new industries and businesses to replace the jobs lost in traditional industries.”
“The communities in the Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough constituency deserve better and that’s why I will be fighting this election on a platform of tackling real local issues and fighting to bring change and investment to the area.”
Commenting on Mr Winstone’s selection, UKIP Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Jane Collins said, “I am delighted to have Steve standing for UKIP in Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough. I will be giving him all the help and support I can.”
“Steve is a very professional and talented candidate who I am sure if selected by the voters to represent them, would be a very hardworking and successful Member of Parliament”, said Ms Collins.
UKIP MEP Mike Hookem added, “I have great faith that Steve is the right man to fight this election and lead the area moving forward.”