Burnley IT worker Tom Commiss is to be the UKIP candidate in this May’s General Election.
Local UKIP members have selected Burnley and Pendle Branch Chairman Tom Commis as their Parliamentary Candidate for the May 7th election to fight sitting LibDem MP Gordon Birtwistle and his Labour opponent Julie Cooper who have already thrown their hats into the ring.
Mr Commis (37) who lives in Hollingreave Road and who works for an IT supply firm, has been a driving force in the local party for several years. He won a decisive majority after an open hustings meeting was held last week, defeating two other hopefuls in a vote among UKIP members. In last May’s elections for seats on Burnley Borough Council, he came second behind the Conservatives, beating both the Labour and LibDem candidates.
UKIP’s Branch Secretary Jamie McGowan said: “All three candidates gave a strong performance at the meeting, but I believe Tom’s passion, thoughtful approach and local knowledge swung the vote his way.”
A recent Constituency poll by Ashcroft Polling placed UKIP in second place in Burnley, reducing the LibDems and the Conservatives to third and fourth place, leaving UKIP as the main challenger to Labour.
Mr Commis said: “I’m pleased and honoured to be nominated as UKIP’s Candidate for Burnley. It’s a daunting prospect taking on the big Labour and LibDem machines but I’ve been heartened by the support I’ve received and am confident we can deliver the change needed for Burnley on May 7th.”