A professor specialising in cancer and HIV research has been selected to stand for UKIP in Sutton and Cheam.

Professor Angus Dalgleish, who is based at St George's Hospital in Tooting, said he "cannot stand idly by" while the UK is still involved in the European Union and thinks continued involvement with the continent will leave the country in a worse state than when he was young.

Prof Dalgleish, 64, was adopted as candidate for the area after a hustings event where he was deemed the best candidate and he will now stand against incumbent MP Paul Burstow in 2015.

He said: "I am delighted to be chosen as the  UKIP Candidate for Cheam and Sutton. I decided to stand as it has become increasingly obvious that all the problems that I encounter both professionally and locally stem from ill thought through EU directives which are strangling this countries ability to function effectively.

"I cannot stand idly by and hand my country over to the next generation in a much worse state than it was when I was young."

Prof Dalgleish has worked as a consultant physician specialising in cancer medicine for over 25 years and is the principal of the Cancer Vaccine Institute.