THE LABOUR candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf has slammed the decision by former Ukip candidate, Kerry Smith to stand as an independent in the coming General Election.
Cllr Smith quit Ukip after a furore over racist comments. He now sits as an independent on Essex and Basildon Councils.
Mr Le-Surf said: "The sideshow continues. Mr. Smith has been a member of both the Conservative and Ukip parties and is now standing as an independent parliamentary candidate in South Basildon and East Thurrock.
I think residents may now be getting a bit fed up with the electoral games being played out by the right-wing parties in our constituency.
"I’ll be focussing during the next 4 months on speaking to local residents and offering a real chance for change at the General Election.
"Labour will make sure we save our NHS currently coming apart at the seams under poor Tory management and will balance the books by the end of the next parliament."