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Statement to voters
Derek Bennett has been a UKIP member since 1997. Before that he was a member of the Referendum Party from 1996 and its Walsall North candidate in the 1997 general election.
He was educated in private schools to the age of 15, then did two years studying at Walsall Technical college from 1963 to 1965 before starting work in a large Birmingham store. In 1971 he then joined the Birmingham based family business his father started in 1946 designing, making, and installing bespoke fireplaces. He remained in the business until it changed hands in 2000 and was asked by the new owner to remain, which he did until 2006.
He was then asked to be a political assistant which he did until retiring in October 2013. In June 2015 he was asked to come out of retirement and continue as a political assistant, which is a position he held until December 2017 when retiring for the second time. He continued his voluntary roll as a UKIP Regional Organiser.
In June 2019, after being asked to be a West Midlands candidate for UKIP and was placed number 7 on the UKIP list, he was dismayed with the UKIP leader's support for two bloggers whose behaviour at a press event in London was shameful. Following that as well as being unhappy with the UKIP leader's association with Tommy Robinson, after 22 years as an active and committed member he decided to let his UKIP membership lapse in June 2019, he no longer belongs to any political party but since has attended a few Brexit Party events.
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UK Independence Party (UKIP) (GB)
Derek Bennett's local party is the UK Independence Party (UKIP) (GB).
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You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Derek Bennett may be appearing.
(Past event) Monday 20 May 2019 19:00–21:00: Hustings for the West Midlands European Elections, Stratford-upon-Avon School CV37 9DH.
(Past event) Sunday 19 May 2019 19:00–21:00: EP Hustings - Malvern, Malvern Cube WR14 2YF.
(Past event) Wednesday 15 May 2019 19:00–20:30: Hustings for European Parliament elections, The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre B4 6AF.
(Past event) Tuesday 14 May 2019 19:30–21:00: Meet & Question the Local Candidates, All Services Club Moseley B13 9EA.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the West Midlands
- 2019: The Walsall local election, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Brownhills
- 2018: The Walsall local election, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Brownhills
- 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Walsall South
- 2016: The Walsall local election, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Brownhills
- 2015: The 2015 General Election, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Walsall South
- 2010: The UK Parliament elections, as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for the Walsall South
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