Monday 29 February 2016

Cambridgeshire Conservative County Councillor defects to UKIP

A Conservative county councillor in Cambridge has defected to UKIP.

Cllr Adrian Dent, who represents Bassingbourn division on the county council, said that the Conservative Party is not the democratic party he joined years ago and that he was forced to accept things that were bad for his ward and the people he was elected to represent because of the party whip.

Did you know?

UKIP doesn't operate a whip which means that its councillors are able to vote in the way that they consider to be in the best interests of the people they were elected to represent rather than how they are instructed to vote by the party whips.

The UKIP group on Cambridgeshire County Council now has 13 councillors, one short of the Lib Dems who form the second largest group. The Conservatives have a minority administration with 29 of the 69 councillors on the county council.