UKIP - UK Independence Party
West Worcestershire Association
West Worcestershire Committee
Chairman - Mike Savage

I am 62 and was born in Hertfordshire but moved to Worcester when I was 9. I was educated at Worcester Royal Grammar School and North Staffordshire Polytechnic where I gained a BSc Degree in Computer Science.

I moved to Suckley in 1982 with my wife, Annette. We have 2 daughters living and working in London and a son working in Kingston.

We started our own computer consultancy company, Concurrent Solutions, in 1984 and have been involved in a wide range of projects for several major companies.

I was a director of Shobdon Airfield for many years and was Chairman from 2008 to 2013.

I became involved in politics in 2000 when I re-joined the Conservative Party, after many years,  as I wanted to do something to fight against the Labour Government. I became Deputy Chairman of the West Worcestershire Conservative Association but became disillusioned with Conservative policies after David Cameron took over the leadership. I then joined UKIP whose policies are now much more in line with my own views.

I took over as Chairman of UKIP in West Worcestershire in 2011.

Allan South - Secretary

I was born in 1950 in Johannesburg, South Africa. My family came to England in 1957, and I grew up in Bromley, Kent, where I was educated at Beckenham Grammar School, and studied Electrical Engineering at Woolwich Polytechnic.

I worked in the Rank Organisation’s Research Labs for seven years, then moved to GEC Semiconductors to become a chip designer. Among other things, I designed chips for teletext receivers, telephone exchanges, and radiation-hard memories for spacecraft. In 1988 I moved to the Royal Aerospace Establishment at Farnborough to work on automatic speech recognition systems for military aircraft. While I was there I completed a PhD part-time with the Linguistics Department at Reading University. In 2001 I came to Malvern to work with a speech technology company that had been spun off from the Defence Research Agency. Unfortunately, this did not thrive, and I was made redundant at the end of 2002. Since then I have taught for the Open University and worked as a private tutor.

Much of my spare time is taken up with archery, with which I have been involved since 1980. These days I shoot a traditional English Longbow (not very well!), and also make my own bows. I have been Secretary of the local club for over ten years.

I have firmly believed that the UK should leave the EU for over 25 years, mainly because our constitutional traditions are so different from those of most countries on continental Europe. I joined UKIP in 2008.

Doug Guest

I am fifty years old and grew up in West Sussex where I was educated at Collyer's Grammar School, (now a sixth form college), before going to Plumpton Agricultural College, East Sussex, where I attained an NDA in Agriculture. I initially worked for a farmer and contractor in Sussex before moving to Upton-upon-Severn in 1987 to set up a plant hire and contracting business with a friend and colleague from Plumpton. Our business activities evolved over the years and now manufactures and sells earthmoving and materials handling attachments for excavation and agricultural machinery.

I live in Upton with my wife Julie and we have three children and three step-children each, ranging from fifteen to twenty-seven years old. They are all wonderful and I am privileged to be part of their lives. I enjoy family get-togethers, the cinema, theatre, gardening, dog walking and motorcycling (only in the warm weather as far as Julie is concerned!)

Politics never interested me in my younger years and I never thought I would join a political party, but in recent years I have seen first-hand the raft of unnecessary directives spewing out of Brussels interfering with every aspect of our business and personal lives and I am convinced that the costs to this country far outweigh the benefits. My business imports products from several manufacturers in Italy and we now export to Poland, Germany and Norway. We import more than we export at the moment and if we were to leave the EU tomorrow that relationship with our suppliers and customers overseas would not change. It is a complete myth that three million jobs in this country would be suddenly lost if we left. The Italian economy (along with most others in the south) is suffering terribly at the moment and has declined over several years – they are dependent on their export business for survival, by their own admission.

UKIP attracted me because of their common-sense policies and their stance against the EU and the career politicians that have been ruling our lives for too long. Cameron got it wrong with his 'Big Society' policies. Britain has always been a nation built on local communities and community spirit. None of us can hope to change the world overnight, but if we all try and do our bit locally things can change. An old friend once said to me if we all do what we can, with what we've got, where we are, then we can all make a difference for the better. So rather than whingeing about things and not doing anything, I am putting myself forward for local council, based on that simple philosophy.