Ukip student to stand against Nick Clegg in election

Ukip candidate Joe Jenkins
Ukip candidate Joe Jenkins
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A student and former Liberal Democrat supporter is to go up against party leader Nick Clegg in the general election – as the Ukip candidate.

Joe Jenkins was confirmed as the fourth candidate to stand in Sheffield Hallam yesterday.

Mr Jenkins, a student in Dundee and chairman of Ukip Students, said he backed Clegg’s party until he broke his election pledge to oppose any increase in university tuition fees.

He said: “I wanted to stand for Sheffield Hallam to expose the outright betrayal of students by the other political parties and especially Nick Clegg.​

“I was a Lib Dem member but left the party due to the lies and betrayal from MPs like him.

“I want to galvanise the young people of Sheffield Hallam and show them that there is still hope and that political engagement will not result in lies and deceit.”

Mr Jenkins, aged 20, said a ‘free, open educational system’ was needed.

He added: “UKIP is the clear and only choice for students, it is offering real attainable goals for easing students’ financial burden.

“We will do this by scrapping tuition fees for science, technology, engineering and maths, which shows our dedication to creating opportunities for young people, while filling the deficit in skilled workers.”

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