A borough council candidate and former Kettering mayor from Rothwell who was standing for UKIP has died in the run-up to next month’s election.
Alan Pote, who was vice-chairman of the Kettering branch of the party, died from complications following a heart by-pass operation.
He was a candidate in the Rothwell ward in the Kettering Council election and was election agent for the UKIP candidates.
Mr Pote had served in the past as a borough and county councillor and had been chairman of Rothwell Town Council three times as well as mayor of Kettering in 2003/4.
UKIP Parliamentary candidate Jonathan Bullock said: “We are all shocked by the news and our thoughts are with his wife Christine and family.
“I saw him in hospital last week and Alan was his usual self, talking about the future and looking forward to the election.
“He has given great service to both Rothwell and the Kettering borough over the years.
“On a personal note he has been of great encouragement, advice and support to me and UKIP locally over the last few years. He was a traditionalist who loved his town, his borough and his country.
“He will be sadly missed.”
UKIP say the funeral will be held next week and the party will suspend campaigning on that day as a mark of respect.
The flag at the Kettering Council office is currently flying at half-mast.
The Telegraph is awaiting information about the election in the Rothwell ward.