ENGINEER and businessman Steven Toplis has been announced as the parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party in Middlewich.

Steven, a 62-year-old married father-of-one who has lived in Cheshire for more than 30 years, will contest the Congleton constituency in the General Election on December 12.

He will be hoping to unseat Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton.

Steven said: “Brexit has now become a question of whether we live in a democracy and do we trust our MP’s?

“Like many people in this country I feel the democracy has been betrayed by the Westminster elite.

“A total of 17.4 million of us voted to leave and yet here we are three years later still tied to that failing economic bloc. I have worked all over the world and strongly believe that free from the EU we can have an independent, democratic and prosperous future."

His selection was welcomed by Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, Brexit Party north west MEP.

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He said: “Steven is a hard working man-of-the-world who cares for his country and for his local community.

“He is an asset to our party and I have no doubt would represent the constituency with honesty and passion.”