UKIP has announced its candidatures standing for the Cotswold District Council in this years elections.

Chris Harlow is standing for Chedworth and Churn Valley, John Fleming is standing for Kemble, Robert McNeil-Wilson will be standing for Campden and Vale, and Peter Elliot will be standing for Watermoor.

Who are the candidates?

Chedworth & Churn Valley - Chris Harlow

Chris Harlow is a retired senior manager who lives near Cirencester – in the Chedworth and Churn Valley ward - with his family.

He has been a volunteer with various local bodies, and has particular interests in education and transport.

Kemble - John Fleming

John Fleming was born and educated in Africa, immigrating to Britain in 2003.

He became interested in politics and joined UKIP in 2014, and has stood before to represent UKIP in the Kemble ward.

Campden & Vale - Robert McNeil-Wilson

Having served in the regular army in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers by the age of 24, Robert was a mining engineer, in charge of a coalface half a mile underground in a mine in Warwickshire.

A chartered engineer, his experience includes time as operations director of UK’s largest ship-building company and general manager of London Underground’s Victoria line.

He has worked in Europe and Africa, including as head of engineering for Eurostar International, the prestigious, high-speed railway from London to Paris, and undertaken voluntary work in the Middle East and India.

Robert is also a published novelist and songwriter, and plays in a rock band.

He has served Willersey as its Churchwarden for ten years and has lived there with his family for 25 years.

Currently, Robert is a director of Unison Projects, a successful project management company delivering major national and international improvement programmes.

Watermoor - Peter Elliott

Peter has lived in Cirencester for many years, and has previously stood as a candidate for Watermoor.

Elections to Cotswold District Council will take place on Thursday, May 2.

There are 34 councillors to be elected across 32 wards.

Elections for parish and town councils in the district will also take place on the same day, with more than 600 seats to be decided.

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