Breakaway councillors are facing the sack from UKIP

CELEBRATIONS SOURED: Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman toasting their election win in May. SG030513-135TW
CELEBRATIONS SOURED: Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman toasting their election win in May. SG030513-135TW
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Councillors from Spalding are among five Lincolnshire UKIP members who face the boot from their national party.

Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman followed their ousted UKIP county council group leader Chris Pain into a breakaway group in September – calling themselves UKIP Lincolnshire and then changing the name to UKIG (United Kingdom Independence Group).

Chris Pain’s suspension from his national party is subject to appeal until tomorrow (Friday) and the five councillors who followed him into the new group on the county council have until Monday to revoke their membership of UKIG.

Coun Jesson, of Spalding South Ward, is “disgusted” by the national party’s decisions.

He said: “I am going to stay on and represent all my people that elected me. I have still got UKIP principles in that I want out of Europe and I want the best for this country and that’s that.

“I am absolutely disgusted at what’s gone on because Chris Pain has worked hard for eight years for Lincolnshire people and in promoting UKIP within south Lincolnshire.”

Coun Jesson says Coun Pain reported “wrongdoing” within the party but was excluded, which had done nothing to deal with the problems – and the five who followed him into the new group were being excluded too.

He said: “We have done nothing wrong. They have not given us a valid reason for excluding us.”

Coun Jesson is treasurer of the South Holland and The Deepings branch of UKIP.

He said: “I helped set it up so I will now have to leave that as well.”

Coun Jesson and fellow breakaway UKIP members may sit as Independents.

Coun Fairman, who represents Spalding East, Moulton and Cowbit, could not be reached for a comment yesterday.

A spokesman for UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Coun Pain’s suspension is subject to appeal and any hearing would be before a non-UKIP figure of legal standing because “we play with a straight bat and believe in being honest and fair”.

He said: “We have taken legal advice and UKIP members cannot call themselves UKIG. A breakaway group would be a new party. It’s ridiculous and confusing to the electorate.”