Neil Speight, who edits the Enquirer series in Essex and East London, is standing as a candidate for Thurrock Council next month, after claiming the Tory Party has “lost touch” with voters.
Neil, left, was asked to stand for UKIP in the council’s Corringham and Fobbing ward after its original candidate withdrew for personal reasons.
The ward is currently held by the Conservatives.
He added: “It’s not my Conservative Party at the moment. I think it’s deeply fractured.
“I hope and pray that it will come together, I think Conservatism has done this country well in the past. It just needs a kick up the backside and maybe people like me doing something different will be that kick up the backside.”
In Corringham and Fobbing, he will face Labour candidate Vincent Offord and Conservative Aaron Watkins.
Neil launched the Enquirer series – which runs editions for Thurrock, Essex and East London – after leaving the Newsquest-owned Thurrock Gazette in 2009.