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Craig Mackinlay in Kent

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Craig Mackinlay is a member of Kent Police Authority1. He stood for UKIP in Totnes at the 2001 general election2. He stood for UKIP in Gillingham at the 2005 general election2. He is a Conservative Councillor for River Ward on Medway Council (2007-)1. He stood for UKIP in the 1994, 1999 and 2004 European elections2. He is a trustee of the Foord Almshouses in Rochester1. He trained as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and is now a Partner in a Kent firm2. He joined the Conservative Party in 2005, leaving UKIP2. He previously served as Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party2. He is a trustee of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust1. He has served as a magistrate on the North Kent Bench since 20062
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Craig Mackinlay is a British Eurosceptic politician. Mackinlay grew up in Rainham, Kent, and studied at the University of Birmingham. A chartered accountant by profession, first became opposed to British membership of the European Union when Britain dropped out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. After hearing Alan Sked, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, speaking on the issue, he made contact. At the 1992 general election, he stood in Gillingham as an independent in support of Sked's Anti-Federalist League, taking 248 votes. When the Anti-Federalist League became the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Mackinlay became Treasurer and Vice-Chairman. He stood again in Gillingham at the 1997 general election, taking 590 votes. In July 1997, Sked resigned the leadership of UKIP, and named Mackinlay as his successor. Mackinlay decided that the only way to keep the party going was to rework its constitution and hold a leadership election. Mackinlay stood in the election against Michael Holmes and Gerald Roberts. Holmes, with the backing of Nigel Farage, easily won, and appointed Mackinlay as deputy leader. After the European Parliament election in 1999, Holmes dismissed Mackinlay and party secretary Tony Scholefield at an NEC meeting, which led to an immediate vote of no confidence in Holmes, who agreed to resign the following month. After extensive wrangling, Jeffrey Titford was elected as the new party leader, and Mackinlay stepped down as deputy, but remained on the NEC. Mackinlay remained active in UKIP, standing in Totnes at the 2001 general election, at which he took 6.1% of the votes cast, then back in Gillingham in 2005, where he took 2.6%. He also stood in the 1994, 1999 and 2004 European elections. In July 2005, Mackinlay resigned from UKIP and joined the Conservative Party. He was subsequently elected as a councillor on Medway Borough Council. From Wikipedia

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Conservative candidate for PCC in Kent. Councillor Medway Unitary. Member of Kent Police Authority. Magistrate. Tweets and opinions in a personal capacity.

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