Young UKIP councillor Robin Hunter-Clarke aims for party's NEC role
A UKIP councillor in Lincolnshire has thrown his name into the reckoning to land one of the biggest jobs in the party.
The Echo can reveal Robin Hunter-Clarke, at just 20-years of age, has entered the race to be elected on UKIP’s national executive committee, led by party chief Nigel Farage.
His entry has been proposed by former Conservative MP and writer Neil Hamilton.
There will be 25 candidates overall and all members of UKIP in the country will vote.
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The NEC has 12 elected members who normally serve for a three-year term, with one third of members retiring each year and a new election called to compete for those places.
Mr Hunter-Clarke, who is already hugely respected among the party's elite, is both a Lincolnshire County councillor and Skegness Town councillor.
Of the 25 candidates, cllr Hunter-Clarke is the youngest.
He said: “I have decided to put my name in the hat to stand for the NEC.
“I feel we need someone young on the NEC who can provide some representation for our younger members and can bring new ideas and initiatives to the table.
“I have a huge amount of political experience for my age. I was elected as a town councillor at 18 years of age in 2011, and a county councillor at 20.
“I have been involved in every election since I became politically active at 16.”
The voting will take place at the end of this month.