FORMER UKIP parliamentary candidate, Daryll Pitcher, will not be standing for the Isle of Wight in the upcoming general election.

Mr Pitcher instead threw his support behind Brexit Party candidate Peter Wiltshire, calling for him to back a coalition government.

Mr Pitcher said: "It is with some regret that I have decided not to stand in the upcoming General Election this December.

"Having left UKIP a couple of months ago I feel it is right to sit this one out while I weigh up my future options.

"Instead, in this election I have decided to heed the call of Peter Wiltshire of the Brexit Party to form a Brexit coalition on the Island and will support him as he fights his first Westminster seat.

"Forming this coalition makes perfect sense. The Island voted 62 per cent Leave in the referendum and we deserve a strong Brexit voice here.

"This is sadly lacking from Bob Seely who has voted at every opportunity for both Theresa May’s terrible surrender deal and latterly for Boris Johnson’s still deeply-flawed version."