Brexit Party candidate withdrawn by Nigel Farage

PUBLISHED: 14:24 11 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:49 12 November 2019

Malcolm Rider-Featherstone would have represented the Brexit Party for the Saffron Walden constituency during the General Election 2019. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

Malcolm Rider-Featherstone would have represented the Brexit Party for the Saffron Walden constituency during the General Election 2019. Photo: CONTRIBUTED.

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Malcolm Rider-Featherstone, the Brexit Party candidate who announced his candidacy earlier this month, will no longer stand for the Saffron Walden constituency during the general election.

Nigel Farage, Brexit party leader, said today (Monday) he had decided against putting candidates in 317 Conservative seats won by the Conservatives in the 2017 election.

This means the Brexit Party candidate announced in the Reporter last week will no longer be on the ballot paper for Saffron Walden.

Malcolm Rider-Featherstone said: "I am deeply disappointed to be one of the 317 candidates stood down yesterday by the party, not because I have any great political ambitions, but because over the few short weeks I have been a prospective parliamentary candidate I have met quite a number of people who do not trust the Tories and could not bring themselves to vote Conservative in any set of circumstances. Sadly they, and I include myself among them, find themselves politically homeless and without a candidate to vote for at this election."

He added: "The candidates who were stood down, temporarily lost access to the party's IT systems yesterday while our security privileges were amended."

The decision comes after Mr Farage announced on November 1, that there would be Brexit Party candidates for over 600 seats across the UK.

This means the following four candidates are currently declared as running for the Saffron Walden constituency: Tom van de Bilt (Labour), Mike Hibbs (Liberal Democrats), Coby Wing (the Green Party), Kemi Badenoch (the Conservative Party).

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