A decorated war hero who survived eight bomb blasts in Iraq is launching a new political party to fill the void left by UKIP.
Trevor Coult, 43, is entering the political minefield with Democrats and Veterans – a new Brexit-backing party vowing to give voters a voice in Westminster.
Sgt Coult gained national attention in 2016, when he decided to sell his Military Cross to help him forget the trauma of fighting terrorists in Baghdad.
After years of campaigning to have PTSD recognised as a medical injury by the Ministry of Defence, he is now taking on his toughest fight yet.
‘You’ll have heard the recent news about UKIP and people resigning,’ he said.
‘As a party Democrats and Veterans are not left, not right, it’s straight down the middle and the people of this country are the priority.’
In stark contrast to UKIP, Sgt Coult’s policy on immigration is to ‘welcome these people in’ and help ‘give them asylum’.
The party will be supportive of Brexit as it is the will of the British people, Sgt Coults insisted.
He says he has more than 350 people ready and prepared to contest every single seat in the country.
‘Obviously if there is an MP doing a fantastic job and the best for Britain we would not contest it,’ he told the East Anglian Daily Times.
‘But we feel like a lot of people are disillusioned with the current state of this country.’
High on the list of priorities for the new party is improving public services, and addressing the ‘big problem’ of homeless veterans.
‘As a veteran myself I’ve struggled to get a home,’ he said.
‘I was discharged from the military with mental injury and was suffering PTSD.
‘But I still faced a long fight to get somewhere to live with my young son and wife.’
Sgt Coult plans to launch the new party alongside four veterans in London next month.