As the election battle begins UKIP seems a bit confused over its local geography – announcing two of its Stockton South candidates are standing in the “Grangetown” ward…
The blunder appears on UKIP Stockton’s website and should read ‘Grangefield’ instead of Grangetown – which is of course in Redcar and Cleveland.
The two UKIP candidates standing for Stockton’s Grangefield ward (or “Grangetown”) in the local authority elections in May are Michael Spayne and Aiden Cockerill.
After the transgression was pointed out , Alastair Coe, spokesperson for UKIP Stockton Branch, said the website would be corrected.
He said: “I’m sure if you were to look at the websites of most political parties you would find the odd typo.
“I’ll point it out to the people who do our website that there is an inaccuracy.”
Labour councillor Mike Clark, who currently serves the Grangefield ward alongside his wife Carol, was bemused by the UKIP error.
“I think this is a classic example of a campaign getting off on the wrong foot – or in the wrong borough.
“The extraordinary thing – apart from the shocking lack of local knowledge – is that this howler has been on their website now for four days, which tends to suggest it doesn’t attract a lot of readers.”
Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 30 Mar 2015