A SIXTH candidate has thrown his hat into the ring for the East Lothian seat at this year’s General Election.

Oluf Marshall will represent UK Independence Party (UKIP) at the May 7 election.

The 21-year-old felt UKIP could build on their performance in the 2010 poll, which saw them finish sixth with 548 votes – 314 behind the Scottish Green Party.

Mr Marshall, pictured right with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, said: “I’ve always felt UKIP’s policies and the party itself are the best for Britain as a whole.

“For example, look at our policy on wind turbines and green energy.

“Basically, I don’t feel we should be giving out these green subsidies to wind turbines, which are littering the Lammermuirs and creating part-time energy, driving up energy costs and placing people into fuel poverty. I’m one of the people who sees them every morning when I get up. And speaking to a lot of people in places like Gifford, people are angry with the amount of turbines going up for the SNP’s quite frankly absurd energy policy.” Mr Marshall grew up and lives in Haddington and attended Musselburgh’s Loretto School.

He added: “If you look at the results from the European elections last year, we got 2,500 votes and actually beat the Lib Dems.

“We’ve got a rising membership across the county.” Mr Marshall, who is studying film at Edinburgh College, added: “We are in for a very interesting election and I am looking forward to giving it a good shot.”