Your UKIP Parliamentary Candidate
for Torridge & West Devon
I have lived in the Torridge and West Devon Constituency
with my wife Marjorie and our two daughters since October 1988.
I am a ‘West Country’ native having been born and educated in Dorset.
My parents both come from working class families and
very humble surroundings. I am the product of the social
mobility revolution which came about through the extensive
education I received from the State system. I have travelled extensively in
my military and business careers and, as a result, have gained
a great knowledge base of other
peoples and their concerns.
Derek Sargent with his wife Marge (Click on image to enlarge)
Education and Background
I was educated at Swanage Grammar School in Dorset to ‘A’level standard, and
in 1965 on completion of my education and wanting a life of adventure and travel, I joined the Royal Marines.
In 1988 at the end of my Service Career, my wife and I bought the Hotel
and Public House known as the Hoops Inn at Horns Cross, near
Bideford. It was a very busy time working in the hospitality
industry but we made many friends in the area and amongst
our staff, many of whom are
still in touch with us today.
After five years, we sold our business and
moved to Clovelly and for the next eight years I secured a unique
job as a Security Consultant for the Chevron Oil Company in Angola,
West Africa. I only spent six months of each year abroad and thus I was able to retain my ties with many people in the area and with the beautiful county of Devon.
On completion of
the contract with Chevron in 2001, I became a Benefit Fraud
Investigator with North Devon District Council until 2004 when I
decided to form my own company and became a Benefit Fraud Consultant
and obtained contracts with Brentwood and Newham Councils in Essex and East
London. I was responsible for teaching new investigators how to
conduct thorough and professional investigations into ‘benefit
fraud’ cases. In between teaching others, I undertook the
investigation of the most serious and complicated cases.
In due course, as my contracts in London reached completion I became an investigator for the Insolvency Service in Exeter, again working as
During my career, I have gained much knowledge about benefit fraud legislation and about the personal every day traumas encountered by ordinary people. I’m new to
the political world but have a practical, realistic and sympathetic
understanding of the aspirations of the residents of Torridge and
Although I have had a varied and successful career in business, a major
influence in my life was the time I spent in the Royal Marines. It was also the most successful and rewarding
period of my life.
After training, I was drafted to 42 Commando in Singapore and spent an exhilarating eighteen
months in the Far East - travelling to Australia, Hong Kong, Borneo, Aden and Malaya as an Elite Royal Marines Commando
specialising in Amphibious and jungle warfare. Upon returning to the UK, I spent the next six years at the
Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon as a Weapons Instructor. I was then drafted to 41 Commando in Malta in
1974 which took me to Cyprus, Sardinia, Corsica and more Jungle Training in Brunei.
In 1977, after eleven years service and holding the rank of Sergeant, I was
commissioned as officer in the Royal Marines, receiving the Sword of Honour for passing out top of my
Commissioning Course. The next twelve years were spent on board HMS Bulwark, in 40 Commando and at the Commando
Training Centre. I travelled extensively to Northern Ireland, Norway and Germany. I retired in 1988 with the rank
of Captain Royal Marines.
I continued my Association with the Royal Marines by becoming the North Devon Branch
Chairman of the Royal Marines Association for ten years and am currently the Branch President. I am a National Trustee
of the Charity linked to the Association and am a member of the Financial and General Purpose Committee. I am
also the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal organiser for Westward Ho! and Northam.
In 2013 our team raised over £4,000 for the Appeal.
|Marjorie and I have recently taken
up Caravanning! Last year we embarked on a five week, 4,000
mile tour of Europe taking in Belgium, Germany, the lakes of
Northern Italy, Venice, Vienna and Saltzberg before heading
north into Normandy, France. We amazed our friends and
relations by embarking on such an adventurous journey for
what was our first caravanning holiday. Nothing ventured,
My other hobbies include ‘do it
yourself’. I have quite a record having completed two
self-build housing projects, one in Westward Ho! and one in
Aylesbeare near Exeter. Most people say once is enough when
completing one self-build project, but I am obviously a
glutton for punishment.
My values in life are based on a strong Christian upbringing given to me by my parents
who always strived to give their children the best possible
education within the constraints of a working class family.
I am the second eldest of eight children but I consider
myself lucky to have been brought up in the beautiful Dorset
countryside enjoying the mainstays of my childhood, Scouting
and the Church Choir.