Ukip will not be fielding a candidate for Newbury at next month’s general election, the party’s local branch has confirmed.
They have decided to stand aside and are suggesting to their supporters that they vote for Conservative candidate Richard Benyon instead.
Roy Tubb, chairman of Ukip Newbury, said: “All members of the Ukip Newbury committee agreed that the main issue in this election is the UK withdrawal from the European Union
“Recent electoral history shows that Newbury cannot be considered a safe Conservative seat, and with this in mind, Ukip Newbury has decided reluctantly not to field a candidate, because that would only split the potential Brexit vote.
“We suggest that Ukip supporters consider voting for Richard Benyon, if only to increase the chance of the referendum result being properly maintained.”
Catherine Anderson came third for Ukip in Newbury at the 2015 election with 6,195 votes – a 10.8 per cent share.
This will be the first time the party hasn’t stood in Newbury since 1993.
The other candidates who have been confirmed so far are Richard Benyon (Conservative), Judith Bunting (Liberal Democrat), Alex Skirvin (Labour), Paul Field (Green) and David Yates (Apolitical).