Independent councillor chosen as Brexit Party candidate to take on South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck
A South Tyneside councillor is set to stand for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at the next general election.
Glenn Michael Thompson was elected to the Westoe ward in May with a 77-vote majority over Labour rival Katharine Maxwell.
Only months after his victory, the independent councillor has now been selected as the Brexit Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for South Shields.
At the next general election, he will stand against incumbent Labour MP, Emma Lewell-Buck.
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Coun Thompson said: “Like many, I have become increasingly disillusioned with the current political class and the betrayal of the clear mandate from the British people with Brexit.
“Earlier this year, I decided to stand as a councillor, standing in opposition to Labour in the council and my determination to see the leave mandate honoured.
“I was successful, taking a historically strong Labour seaton South Tyneside Council.
“Almost immediately, the Brexit Party’s call came for local people with a passion for Brexit to apply for selection as a parliamentary candidate.
“As a result I am now focused on representing the huge leave majority in South Shields, we deserve better in South Shieldsand I look forward to the imminent general election to address the lack of honour and trust in politics.”
The Brexit referendum vote in 2016 saw a 68.2% turnout in South Tyneside with more than 30,000 votes cast.
In total, around 62% of constituents in South Tyneside voted to leave.
According to the constituency estimates published on the House of Commons Library website, the leave vote in South Shields was 62.7% while Jarrow was 61.8%.
Coun Thompson, a telecommunications engineer and local businessman, said he was “honoured ” to be selected as a prospective parliamentary candidate.
And he added the candidate selection process would not affect his ability to serve on committees as a councillor.
The Brexit Party was launched in April this year ahead of the European Parliament elections and recently revealed it had vetted 635 people for any upcoming election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the UK will leave the EU on October 31, without a deal if necessary.
However, it is currently unknown whether a snap general election will be called this autumn.