Witham MP Priti Patel’s father fails to win seat for UKIP

PUBLISHED: 13:01 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:01 03 May 2013

Richard Porritt interviews Priti Patel MP at Westminster.

EADT 9.10.12

Richard Porritt interviews Priti Patel MP at Westminster. EADT 9.10.12

TORY MP Priti Patel’s UK Independence Party candidate father has failed to win a seat coming in 1,200 votes behind her party.

Sushil Patel, who was running for the Bushey South seat on Hertfordshire County Council, won 400 votes in yesterday’s election.

The former Ipswich grocery store owner, whose daughter is MP for Witham, hit the headlines after UKIP leader Nigel Farage highlighted his connection to his high-profile Conservative politician daughter.

There was confusion after his candidacy was announced when he claimed he was pulling out of the election, but UKIP issued a statement 90 minutes later stressing that Mr Patel was still standing for election, adding that he was “currently convalescing from a recent serious operation and is unable to conduct any further interviews”.

Ms Patel strongly denied pressure had been put on her father to stand down by Number 10.

She admitted she had not known he was standing as a candidate, but added: “He is entitled to his own political views. I am an opinionated person so it is no surprise that he is.”

Questioned on whether or not people should back him in the local elections, she said: “It goes without saying I am wearing my blue rosette.”

The UK Independence Party won nine seat on Essex County Council, but the Conservative party has maintained a majority with 42 seats.

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