Labour family are all standing for UKIP in election
Three members of a staunch Labour family – including the 85-year-old widow of a former Cabinet minister – are set to stand for The UK Independence Party (UKIP) in West Cornwall.
Liz Shore, who was married to Peter Shore, an anti-federalist MP who served in Harold Wilson's Government, her daughter Tacy and her husband Bob are all up for election to Cornwall Council.
Mrs Shore, who lives in St Ives, will square up to Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in the Penzance Promenade ward.
Meanwhile her daughter has been busy campaigning for election in Newlyn and Mousehole, while her son-in-law has hit the campaign trail in Ludgvan.
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Mrs Shore also lines up alongside Independent Jim McKenna, well known locally as the former chief executive of Penwith District Council, who pledged to give away his redundancy after losing his job when the unitary authority was created.
History shows that voters in the constituency are not afraid to side-line the main parties and elect an independent, having previously put former post mistress and anti-closures campaigner Sue Pass in County Hall.
"I have been against the Common Market since day one and voted against it in the referendum in 1975 – but this is for county not for country," Mrs Shore said.
"I am appalled by what I have seen at County Hall – the unitary authority doesn't seem to know what it is doing.
"If elected I will take my seat – though I don't much fancy the travelling – I would like to start grabbing back powers from the officials who have behaved quite shamefully."
Bob Smith, a psychologist who lives at Newmill, near Penzance, and finished fifth as UKIP's candidate for the police and crime commissioner role, was a member of the group that founded UKIP in the early 1990s.
Mr Smith, 60, said the whole family had a strong belief in parliamentary government.
"I started UKIP with Nigel Farage and eight others in 1993," he added.
"I have always said we have got no chance and it is simply a matter of principle – but this time the tide seems to be changing and I think we will do well.
"We have got this crazy thing where it is seen to be on the Right going against the European Union but it has always been the Left that has been against it.
"Heath took us in, Thatcher signed the Single European Act and Major signed the Maastricht Treaty."
UKIP has targeted the Duchy in the local elections, fielding 76 candidates out of 123 available seats.