Ukip axes animal charges candidate

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A Ukip parliamentary candidate has been deselected by the party after admitting animal welfare charges.

Farmer David Evans, 71, of Week St Mary, was chosen to contest Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall.

The seat is held by Conservative George Eustice, who achieved a majority of just 66 votes over the Liberal Democrats in May 2010.

Ukip announced Evans would be standing for the party earlier this month, but has now removed him following court proceedings.

Evans appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court on Monday and entered guilty pleas to six animal welfare charges.

The charges state that between a date unknown and February 6, Evans failed to dispose of the carcasses of 119 sheep containing “specified risk material”.

He also admitted causing suffering to sheep by failing to address “emaciation and weakness”, lameness or provide clean, dry bedding.

A spokeswoman for Ukip told the Press Association: “With this incident coming to light he has been deselected as a candidate.

“We operate in an even handed jurisdiction so we have to follow procedures. Ukip is continuing to investigate.”

Evans insisted Ukip was aware of his court appearance and said he had not officially been informed of his de-selection.

He told the BBC he was “disappointed but not surprised” that the party had chosen to remove him as its candidate.

The case was adjourned until November 20 and Evans was granted unconditional bail.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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