UKIP Set to Lose More Councillors!
I wrote the other day about UKIP’s difficulties in Worcestershire where former MEP Mike Nattrass is forming a new anti-EU party with the support of a number of defecting key UKIP members. Now on the other side of England comes the news that UKIP is experiencing difficulties with a significant breakaway group of Councillors in Lincolnshire.
In one of the Counties where UKIP made the most progress in May this year five Councillors, including Group Leader Cllr Chris Pain, broke away to form a new Council group initially called “UKIP Lincolnshire” and then the “UK Independence Group”. If the five do not relent they face expulsion from the national party and would have to decide whether to sit as Independents or join Nattrass’s new party. I am sure that the local Conservative group would be interested in talking to them as well.
For a tiny party with fewer than 200 Councillors UKIP can ill afford to be losing so many so quickly after their election let alone the damage that this scale of infighting does to their reputation with the electorate. Still, UKIP has a long track record of electing MEPs only to lose many of them before the following election: