UKIP leader backing Philip Hollobone

The leader of the UK Independence Party has backed Kettering's Conservative candidate and urged UKIP voters to vote for him.

Lord Pearson praised Philip Hollobone's 'brave' views on Europe, immigration and banning the burkha and promised UKIP members would campaign for his election.

Speaking exclusively to the Evening Telegraph, Lord Pearson said: "He is very courageous. UKIP would be potty if we kept Philip out of the House of Commons.

"We haven't put a candidate up against him and we will do everything to get him in."