Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Four defections in three days

UKIP has been lucky enough to gain three councillors this week - three from defections and one an independent joining us.

Independent parish councillor for Ercall Magna in Telford & Wrekin, John Sadler, became a UKIP councillor on Monday.  Cllr Sadler has been a councillor for over 30 years and was the first independent mayor of Telford & Wrekin.

The Tories have also lost two councillors to UKIP in Leicestershire after Cllrs David Sprason and Rob Fraser both defected yesterday.  Both councillors have been victims of the dictatorial leadership of Leicester Council's Conservative group, Nick Rushton, who arrogantly said that "we'll select someone to stand against him and keep the seat in Conservative hands after the election".

A former Tory councillor in Cumbria has also defected from the Tories to UKIP.  Bob Hardon has been a Tory for over 50 years, was a councillor for over 20 years and lost his seat in 2011 by just 2 votes.