John Rees-Evans UKIP PPC for Cardiff South and Penarth

John Rees-Evans former UKIP candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth is  to stand in the UKIP leadership election

John Rees-Evans – who stood as the UKIP UK Parliamentary candidate in the  Cardiff South and Penarth constituency in the 2015 General Election  – has now entered the contest to succeed Nigel Farage as leader of the party.

Cardiff South and Penarth UKIP candidate John Rees-Evans shakes hands with with the then UKIP Wales organiser John Arbuthnot

Cardiff South and Penarth UKIP candidate John Rees-Evans shakes hands outside the Penarth UKIP HQ in Glebe St in 2014 with the then UKIP Wales organiser John Atkinson

In 2014  Rees-Evans – a former army officer who who runs a mountaineering expedition company –  launched his parliamentary election campaign by setting up an office in Glebe St, Penarth – directly opposite the Penarth Labour Club .

In the 2015 General Election John Rees-Evans came third in the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency – polling a total of 6,423 votes (13.8% share of the vote)  and beating the Plaid Cymru, the Lib Dems, the Green Party and the Trades Union Socialist Coalition.

Rees-Evans has had varied background.  On leaving the Parachute Regiment in the British Army he “worked as an operator in a meat factory, a leaflet distributor in Devon, a postman and pizza delivery driver in Shrewsbury, a driver, a cycle courier and a building labourer in London” – and used the money raised from these jobs was  to fund various mountaineering expedition. He later developed  “small businesses which span the tourism, business development, legal services and real estate sectors in Africa and Europe”.

In 2013 he returned to his family home in Penrhiwceiber, where he lives with his wife and three children. His biography states the family also have a “small home in the South of France“, and another in  “a very remote village in Bulgaria”.



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  1. Lindsay says:

    He sounds just right for UKIP

    • Peter Church says:

      Well Lindsay, you may be right for once!
      I don’t tend to follow UKIP too much myself.
      He does seem to have been in “real jobs” unlike some of our career Labour Politicians who just go from qango to qango.

      • Hamish Munnypenny says:

        So why is he now interested in a pretend job? He should take a hint from Nigel Farage – they have served their purpose, and turned into a talking shop for middle-aged men who, given an opportunity to play a part in the future of an independent England (leading a fractured UK without Scotland), decided to quit and leave the details to others.
        UKIP has no purpose now. No wonder they are turning on each other. Let him stand, and if he’s elected, he can oversee their dissolution.

  2. Kevin Mahoney says:


    It’s John Atkinson not John Arbuthnott in the photo


  3. Lyndsay Doyle says:

    A ringing endorsement for his colleague from Mr. Mahoney. Can we assume that, having read the article, and having commented on the accompanying photograph, he offers his support for the stalking horse candidate?

    • Lindsay says:

      I guess that Mr Mahoney, although serving under an independent ticket, must retain his UKIP sympathies, notwithstanding his unease about some current UKIP characters.

    • Kevin Mahoney says:

      Thank you for your query Lindsay I will answer both enquiries in the same reply.

      Do I retain UKIP sympathies?

      I of course voted to leave the EU in the recent referendum primarily because as clearly expressed on my councillor website .. .. I believe ( and know ) that the European Union is a fraudulent insult to democracy that has milked the UK taxpayer for over 40 years in order to redistribute British taxpayers money to other countries whilst our own people are dying whilst waiting for operations that apparently we can’t afford to carry out due to cash shortages.

      I also favour the ability to be able to vote out those who make our laws as opposed to not being able to as is the case of membership of the EU.

      However we are not rerunning the referendum campaign here, it’s over, except in the eyes of those who despise democracy such as those politicians and their supporters who only accept the result of democratic votes that they agree with.

      As regards UKIP, I feel that there is a need for a political party or organisation to hold the Governments feet to the fire to carry out the wishes of the majority of the British electorate in their Brexit negotiations. One would have thought that the appallingly low calibre of lunatic currently vying for the UKIP leadership would dictate that they are not the party to do so. I have no interest other than one of morbid fascination and amusement at the antics of the declared candidates.

      As regards Mr Rees Evans I think that he is as mad as a box of frogs and fits in perfectly with the calibre and profile of the other candidates.

      I think that it is worth also highlighting out that I merely pointed out to the editor who is so meticulous in his research of articles on this site that he had mistakenly mislabelled one of the people in the photo.

      I really didn’t want Linsday Doyle nor Lindsay thinking that they were looking at a Mr John Arbuthnot when in fact they were looking at a Mr John Atkinson.

      Again thanks for the enquiry

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at any time with any other queries or if you feel that I may be able to help you with any other matter.

      Kevin Mahoney

      • Lyndsay Doyle says:

        Well, I found the bit I agreed with, so that’s something. Box of frogs is about right.

      • Lindsay says:

        Don’t worry Mr Mahoney, people will stop “dying whilst waiting for operations” when the £350m a week for the NHS turns up.

  4. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Glad to see that you’re finally grasping the principle of using British taxpayers money to help the British taxpayers who contributed it when they’re in need Lindsay. It’s taken quite some time for the penny to drop.

    • Lindsay says:

      Not sure I see the relevance of your reply to my comment, unless you missed the irony, but thanks for responding anyway.

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