I was born in Nottingham in 1953 where I went on to attend Grammar school before graduating to the Welsh National School of medicine in Cardiff.

I qualified as a doctor in 1976 and worked in a number of hospitals in South Wales eventually returning to Cardiff to specialise in Anaesthesia.

I served for 7 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps including 6 years with the airborne forces, after leaving the forces I returned to live in the Abergavenny area with my wife Jan and our five children, I also have two children from my previous marriage.

I am a member of Abergavenny Judo club as well as the Gwent sword club and regularly compete in competitions. I am seriously concerned about what is happening to the NHS for several years I had a regular clinic in Tredegar and believe that the tick box target driven culture of the present NHS betrays the original ideals of our wonderful Health service and believe that current policy is not providing the service that Aneurin Bevan intended upon it's inception.

I have never had any real political ambitions but am concerned about any real differences between the older main parties including the increasing incidence of career politicians rather than those with experience of real life.

For these reasons, as well as the European issue that UKIP is known for, I have decided to stand As the UKIP candidate for the Blaenau Gwent constituency.