2016 Political Biography

Winston Truman McKenzie (born 23 October 1953) is an English Politician  and former professional boxer.

He stood in the 2010 UK Independence Party (UKIP) leadership contest and was the UKIP candidate in the 2012 Croydon North by-election, where he came third with 5.7% of the vote. He served as UKIP’s Commonwealth Spokesman from 2014 until 9 March 2015.

Winson was originally a middleweight boxer and was a successful amateur boxer. He is an older brother of boxer Duke McKenzie and a younger brother of boxer Clinton McKenzie. He fought professionally as a super-welterweight. He contended that after an underprivileged childhood, “boxing was my salvation”. However, his boxing career was cut short at the age of 29 by two detached retinas.

Political career

Veritas

In 2005, McKenzie joined the newly formed Veritas party, calling for “a blanket ban on immigration and asylum for one year”, and becoming its principal spokesman on sport. In the 2005 general election, he stood for Veritas in Croydon North.

2008 London Mayoral candidacy

Winston stood in the 2008 London Mayoral election as an independent candidate.

UK Independence Party

2010 general election

In February 2010, McKenzie was adopted as UKIP’s candidate for Tottenham. In the 2010 general election he came sixth of 10 candidates in Tottenham.

2011 London mayoral UKIP selection election

In May 2011, Mckenzie confirmed that he was again seeking to be Mayor of London, this time seeking the UKIP nomination. There were five other candidates for the UKIP nomination: David Coburn, Michael Corby, Mick McGough, Paul Oakley and Lawrence Webb. In a ballot of members in August, 2011 McKenzie came joint third with Mick McGough, both on 7.4%, behind winner Lawrence Webb, who won with 42%, and David Coburn on 29%.

2012 local election

In January 2012, UKIP announced that it had selected McKenzie as candidate for the Croydon and Sutton seat in the 2012 elections to the Greater London Assembly.  In the election, he polled 10,757 votes (6.99%) across the boroughs of Croydon and Sutton, an increase of 1.6% on the UKIP vote in 2008, coming fourth of five candidates.

2012 Croydon North by-election

In October 2012, he was announced as the UKIP candidate for the Croydon North by-election.

In the Croydon North by-election, Winston came third with 5.7% of the vote. He also retained his deposit.

2015 general election

Winston was the UKIP candidate for Croydon North in the 2015 general election, where he retained his deposit.

On the 17 December 2015 Winston Mckenzie applied and was accepted as a member of the English Democrats.

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