With the news last week that former British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) President William ‘Twink’ Allen will be standing for UKIP in the district council elections in May, current BEVA CEO David Mountford has released a statement this morning in regards to his political ambitions. Allen, who will be standing for the Cheveley ward, is joined by Major Mountford, who will be standing independently for Thetford Castle Ward of the Breckland District Council.

The ward was won by Terence Lamb in 2011, who was also standing independently, and this spurred Major Mountford on. Mountford stated, “This is something I have been contemplating for a while and after our ward was won independently in the last election I knew it was a case of now or never!

“Having coached youth rugby for a number of years, and being the Father to three teenagers, I am particularly passionate about issues involving young people, with a particular emphasis on unemployment.”

Mountford, who represented his country within the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and stands on a number of equine welfare councils, released his Manifesto last month, which includes the controversial proposal for building on green belt land.

BEVA President Andrew Harrison added, “Having known Monty [David Mountford] for a long time I strongly believe he will be an excellent councillor and his plans will have been formed with military precision, a bit like his outfits for cross dressing events!”