A LAWYER who thinks Britain’s membership of the European Union is unconstitutional is standing for the UK Independence Party in Taunton Deane at next year’s General Election.

Laura Bailhache, 32, moved to Taunton with her family at the age of four and was educated in the town at Holway Primary School, Heathfield Community School and Richard Huish College.

She then read history at Oxford University and postgraduate law at Bristol’s University of the West of England, where she first learned about the EU in the context of European law.

Her misgivings about the EU began at this point due to her view that EU law overrides traditional British law as a result of the various Euro treaties Britain has been signed up to “without the express consent of the electorate”, which she believes is unconstitutional.

Miss Bailhache completed her legal training at the family firm in Taunton.

She says that her legal views informed her political views and led her to become involved with UKIP, for whom she stood as a candidate in last May’s by- election in Halcon, where she and her family used to attend church, and as a county council candidate in Bishop’s Hull, where she once lived.

*Other election candidates already declared are current MP Jeremy Browne (LibDem), Rebecca Pow (Conservative), Clive Martin (The Green Party) and Neil Guild (Labour).

*The 2010 General Election result in Taunton Deane – Jeremy Browne (LibDem) 28,531 votes; Mark Formosa (Conservative) 24,538; Martin Jevon (Labour) 2,967; Tony McIntyre (UKIP) 2,114.