Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Two Grantham councillors defect to UKIP

Two Conservative district councillors in Grantham have defected to UKIP.

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.