A Spalding councillor has been welcomed back into UKIP after being threatened with the boot.
County councillor Richard Fairman, who represents Spalding East, Moulton and Cowbit, was one of two local councillors who faced expulsion in November for following their ousted county council group leader, Chris Pain, into a break-away group called UKIG.
The second Spalding councillor, Alan Jesson, who represents south ward, remains on the county council under the same ‘Independence from Europe’ banner as Coun Pain.
Coun Fairman had talks with UKIP party bosses a fortnight ago.
This week he issued a statement saying: “When Chris Pain and others decided to sever all associations with UKIP, Richard Fairman was welcomed back into the main UKIP group.
“Misunderstandings, spontaneous electronic communications and jumping to conclusions have hurt and caused a lot of upset.
“Proper face to face communications and common courtesies have resolved all issues and apologies have been given all round.”
Coun Fairman said the party would not even take his membership money, “but they have decided to do now”.
Asked why he joined the breakaway group, Coun Fairman said: “I didn’t actually formally join anything. It was a matter of things happening rather suddenly and there was no forewarning of it and not being, shall we say computer savvy, I had to go along with what was happening sort of thing.”
Coun Fairman said the drama left him “partly hurt and partly taking it very lightly” while “most people have thought it a huge joke”.
On Saturday he was in Newark working to get the UKIP candidate, Roger Helmer, elected in the June 5 Newark parliamentary by election.
• Coun Jesson was not available for comment.