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.
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”.