Peter Griffiths has been selected as UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Wealden at the 2015 General Election.
Formerly Peter lived in Withyham and he now lives in Framfield.
He had a career in aviation, initially with BOAC, then with Cathay Pacific. He flew a freighter during the first Gulf War and went on to become B747 Fleet Manager, before ending his career flying an executive jet.
He has visited virtually every country in Europe as well as much of the former Soviet Union, Middle East, Far East and North America.
He says seeing at first hand how a large part of the planet lives has given him a unique perspective on the problems facing the world today.
Peter was chairman of the Conservative Association in Withyham but joined UKIP in 2011 since he felt that it was a party with a raft of policies which represented his beliefs and values.
He has campaigned for UKIP in Eastleigh and Rotherham as well as standing for East Sussex County Council in 2013, gaining nearly 30 per cent of the vote.
He spent part of his childhood on a working farm and empathises with Wealden farmers who, he believes, have suffered arbitrary and unnecessary setbacks.
Twenty years ago, Peter and his wife Sun Hwa, opened a gift shop in Forest Row which, he said, gives him an understanding of the way in which excessive regulation is damaging small businesses.
He is also a churchwarden, sits on the board of his local parish charity and donates a percentage of the profits from their shop to help build a new community centre in Forest Row.
He said: “I love my country and I want what is best for it and its people. In my view, that does not include the EU, European Courts, wind farms or unfettered immigration.”
At a recent press conference, in response to questions, Peter said he is not a career politician. “But by 2005, during my time with the Withyham Conservative Association I felt that the Conservative Party had lost its way, and no longer represented the views of most of the people I spoke to.”
Later, rather than just complain, he decided to do something about it, and joined UKIP.
He explained how he believes the party in many ways represents his own views - “as well as the views of many other people together with those of many others including a large number who voted for the party at the last General Election.”