THE UK Independence Party has chosen Paul Swansborough as its parliamentary candidate for Redditch should there be a snap General Election in the next few months.

Mr Swansborough said he was "delighted" to have been re-selected.

"62.3 per cent of Redditch electors voted to leave the EU in the 2016 Referendum and it’s clear they're not happy with the current ‘Chequers’ deal proposed by the Conservatives," he said.

"We believe that Brexit requires a completely new approach. Under the leadership of Gerard Batten, UKIP is the only party with a sensible plan that will see a phased exit so there is no cliff edge on March 29 2019.

"This will give business the confidence that supply chains will not be interrupted and workers rights will be protected. A pragmatic framework will be put in place to guarantee Britain's departure from the EU is made a success for all."

He added: "The country is in desperate need of a new government that is resolute in delivering what the people voted for, but also prepared to tackle the domestic agenda that has been ignored for the last two years.

"We have many pressing issues here in Redditch that I will take the lead on if elected. UKIP is committed to increasing police numbers, which have fallen significantly since the Tories came to power.

"The NHS is clearly a priority for us not just in Worcestershire but also across the United Kingdom.

"We need a new strategy for transport that broadens investment in our motorways and increases capacity on the rail network, rather than spending money on the flawed project that is HS2.

"Scrapping the BBC licence fee is another key policy that will be announced at our annual conference next week in Birmingham.

"In 2014 UKIP achieved the single largest share of the vote (26.8 per cent) in the European Parliament elections that demonstrates we're trusted to stand up for British interests more than any other political party.

"We can no longer be criticised as a one trick pony and we're ready to give people a credible choice at the next election."