He said: “As a former Labour voter I was horrified to find that the Labour council seemed more concerned with protecting their own interests and those of the Labour appointed chief executives than the needs of the people they should serve.
“The local NHS is overburdened, and it’s been a struggle to find a primary school place for my daughters. Some parts of Caerphilly have been described in a Welsh Government report as ‘the most deprived areas of Wales.
“I believe that the British people should decide who makes the laws we all have to live by. I believe we should know and be able to hold to account those who govern us. But for us to achieve this we must withdraw from what is destined to become the United States of Europe, run by faceless bureaucrats who have not been elected and cannot be removed by us.”
Mr Gould said between leaving school and university he spent two years as a missionary doing aid work in West Africa and was evacuated by British Troops from war-torn Ivory Coast and taken to Ghana in November 2004.
While there he became very ill with malaria, and a few months later returned home to Wales. Within a year Mr Gould contracted and nearly died from meningitis.
He added that he was profoundly grateful for the healthcare he received from the NHS and remains committed to the NHS being free at the point of delivery.
UKIP’s 2015 General Election candidate for Islwyn, Joe Smyth, has also been reselected to contest the seat in the Assembly Election.