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Working mum Evie Martin to stand for The Brexit Party in Sittingbourne and Sheppey

The Brexit Party has selected its prospective parliamentary candidate for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

Mother-of-three Evie Martin said today: "If I am elected, I shall do everything in my power to help restore trust in our democratic system of government to ensure that Britain takes back control of its laws, borders and waters.

"I vow to make sure that the money the UK currently sends to the EU is used to fund our NHS, our schools and universities and much needed local infrastructure improvements.”

Evie Martin is standing in Sittingbourne and Sheppey for the Brexit Party
Evie Martin is standing in Sittingbourne and Sheppey for the Brexit Party

The former Highsted Grammar schoolgirl lives in Swale and is married with three daughters aged 13, 10 and eight months.

She owns an independent builders' merchant specialising in historic and period properties and runs training courses at East Kent College teaching practical skills in period property renovation.

She said: "I am a passionate Brexiteer and stand with the other 17.4 million leave voters who continue to see Brexit as a terrific opportunity for our country."

On June 23, 2016, 65.4% of Sittingbourne and Sheppey voted Leave.

The working mum said: "My children attend local schools where budgets have been slashed and we must wait up to three weeks for an NHS doctor appointment.

"I want to see £200 billion of UK taxpayers' money go into the NHS, education and infrastructure.

"By slashing our foreign aid budget, EU divorce bill and HS2 we could regenerate our coastal communities and once thriving areas such as Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

"We need a sensible housing plan that will provide homes and jobs for our local people addressing local need and infrastructure– not developer greed. We must protect our country and countryside.”

She added: "There will be no Brexit if you continue to vote for the current Conservative MP Gordon Henderson as, despite his Eurosceptic record, in the end he defends the Conservative Party not the country. I believe that only The Brexit Party can deliver a true Brexit.

"Brexit is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of the UK to take back control of our laws and our waters."

Malcolm McLeod from Sheppey is standing in Rochester and Strood for The Brexit Party
Malcolm McLeod from Sheppey is standing in Rochester and Strood for The Brexit Party

Islander Malcolm McLeod has been selected to stand in Rochester and Strood for The Brexit Party.

The father-of-two was brought up on Sheppey and went to the Minster College before forging a career in IT.

He now lives in Cliffe and works as a project manager for a Rochester company.

He said: “Having voted to leave three years ago along with 17.4m others, all I’ve seen since are the sustained attempts by MPs in Westminster to block, frustrate and confuse the Brexit process, effectively ignoring the result of the referendum and denying democracy.

“Only The Brexit Party will deliver a true, clean Brexit and ensure politics is changed for good.”

Mr McLeod, is 37.

His mother Barbara, who still lives on Sheppey, said: “We are very proud he is standing up for what he believes in.”

The announcements come shortly after Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour candidate Mike Rolfe quit the Labour Party over a row over how leader Jeremy Corbyn was handling Brexit.

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