Essex County Councillor, Brian Wood has taken the decision to renounce his independent status and join the UK Independence Party.  Cllr Wood, who represents the Canvey Island East Division, will be standing for re-election in May 2013 under the UKIP banner.

Commenting on his decision to join UKIP, Cllr Wood said:  “I have thought long and hard about this and I came to the conclusion that without the support of a credible political party, with realistic aims, policies and plans to achieve them, I can’t get the best results for my constituents. 

“Having studied the wide ranging manifesto being offered by UKIP, I realised that they are the only Party offering a sensible alternative to the ‘spend us into trouble’ Labour Party and the disastrous and rapidly disintegrating Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition. 

“Judging by UKIP’s steadily improving domestic election results, it is clear that the public has also noticed that they are the best hope for Britain.”

East of England UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew (pictured right, welcoming Cllr Wood, left) said:  “I am delighted to welcome Cllr Wood on board. He brings a wealth of local government experience and will be a major asset to our Party, when we fight the County Council elections next year.  I look forward to working with him.”
 
Cllr Wood has a strong public service record having served as a borough councillor in Canvey Island from 2004-2012.  He was elected to Essex County Council in 2009 and is a member of the Council’s Community & Older People Policy Scrutiny Committee and the Executive Scrutiny Committee.  After a 20 year career in the Fire Service, Cllr Wood became Emergency Planning Officer and Co-ordinator for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1995 and won a Mayor’s Award for his team’s brave work in helping victims of the Aldgate Tube bombing in 2005.  He retired from that role in 2007 and is now self-employed as a Fire Safety Risk Assessor.
 
He lives in Canvey Island with his wife Anne, who also served as a local councillor on Canvey Island from 2004-2012.  The couple have five grown-up children and seven grandchildren.

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