Who will blink first? Company director, mountaineer, family man & ex-soldier John Rees-Evans (left) is UKIP’s prospective candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth – challenging Labour’s Stephen Doughty (right)
With just 162 days to go before the General Election the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has chosen its candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth and is opening a “campaign cafe” in Glebe Street, Penarth on Saturday (November 29th) right under the nose of the Labour Party .
The UKIP candidate is ex-army veteran John Rees-Evans, who runs his own mountaineering company based in Cardiff , holds the British Mens’ Kilimanjaro Record and lives with his wife and young family in the constituency.
The former Elbo’s Cafe in Glebe St is to become a “campaign cafe”- from next Saturday.
He and UKIP have taken over what was the former “Elbo’s” cafe in Glebe St to provide – “an opportunity for local people to learn first hand in an informal, relaxed environment, what UKIP stands for and what they want to achieve”.
UKIP says passers-by are warmly encouraged to drop-in for a chat whether they have a “premeditated issue to discuss” or “simply want to obtain more information about UKIP”. The party says “locals of all political persuasions are most welcome to come in and talk to us.”
Directly opposite UKIP is Penarth Labour Club – so socialist defectors won’t have far to go.
The new UKIP Campaign Cafe and Penarth HQ will be next door to Penarth Post Office in Glebe St .
Locals also point out it’s also, serendipitously, just across the way from Penarth Labour Club – within easy walking distance, they say, for any members who may be disenchanted with Ed Miliband or Stephen Doughty or both.
However another Labour stalwart commented that the only reason he would ever consider crossing the road would be to buy a stamp.
It’s planned that the new UKIP Campaign Cafe / HQ – which opens for the first time on Saturday morning – will operate from 10:00 to 14:00 every Saturday and from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekdays .