Titford to fight Harwich again

By Graham DinesPolitical Editor JEFFREY Titford, a tireless campaigner for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, has been chosen to fight Harwich for the UK Independence Party at the General Election.

By Graham Dines

Political Editor

JEFFREY Titford, a tireless campaigner for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, has been chosen to fight Harwich for the UK Independence Party at the General Election.

Mr Titford, who has been a European MP for the East of England since 1999, fought the constituency at the 1997, obtaining the highest share of the vote anywhere in Britain for Sir James Goldsmith's Referendum Party.


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Following Sir James's death, Referendum Party supporters joined UKIP and Mr Titford pulled off a shock in the European Parliament elections by winning a seat.

In June, he was re-elected, when he jumped from the eighth place he achieved in 1999 to second place, depriving the Labour Party of a second MEP in the region and pushing the Liberal Democrats into a fourth place.

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Voters in the Harwich constituency are among the most hostile to the EU and in the European elections, UKIP came top of the poll in the Tendring district, one of 54 which comprises the East of England Euro constituency.

Mr Titford, a former funeral director in Frinton-on-Sea. said it was a "great honour" to be selected for Harwich. "Being elected to the sham European Parliament twice has been a fascinating experience but it can never compare with taking a seat at the real Parliament in Westminster, which has always been my ultimate goal.

"I shall be going all out for victory, which would mean surrendering my seat in the European Parliament, over which I wouldn't lose much sleep".

Mr Titford started political life as a Tory councillor on the former Clacton urban district council.

He led UKIP from March 2000 to October 2002 and currently serves on the European Parliament's Budgetary Control and Agriculture and Rural Development Committees. He is also UKIP's European Parliamentary Whip.

At the 2001 General Election, Labour's Ivan Henderson held Harwich for Labour with a 2,596 majority over the Conservatives. UKIP polled 2,463, 5.1% of the vote.

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