Husband and wife team Cllrs Mike and Jean Taylor have been members of the Conservative Party for 48 and 36 years respectively. Mike has been a district councillor for 16 years and was a cabinet member until his defection. Jean has been a councillor for almost 4 years.
The pair have been at loggerheads with the Grantham & Stamford Conservative Association recently over the candidate selection process and behaviour of some of the Conservative councillors and their PPC. Last March, Grantham & Stamford Conservatives selected a former BNP activist for a by-election for Kesteven District Council.
Jean Taylor said:
I'm quite relieved to be out of it. I'm disappointed because I've been a member for a long time, but this is a new beginning. UKIP is not a new party but it’s building up and getting lots of new members. It’s exciting.