Cllr Frank Whittle has defected from the Tories to UKIP, saying he was disillusioned with the leadership of the Tories nationally and not being allowed to speak his mind locally.
I am known for speaking my mind and this has meant that I have become persona non grata with the local Conservative Party. I am very much looking forward to being a part of UKIP, a party that puts Britain first and which isn’t afraid to speak out on the controversial issues of the day.
Completely ignoring Cllr Whittle's reasons for defecting to UKIP, chairman of Bury St Edmunds Tories, Andrew Speed, said:
We are disappointed that Frank has felt the need to move to UKIP but we maintain a healthy majority on the district council. We expect that once the national policy on Europe has been defined he may well return at which point we would welcome him back with open arms.
Cllr Whittle didn't mention the EU (which Tories always seem to ignorantly confuse with Europe) so it's unlikely he'll return to the Tories just because Cameron makes another promise he has no intention of keeping for a referendum on "repatriation" of powers from the EU that isn't possible.
Cllr Whittle is a member of Stowmarket Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council.