One of the Spalding county councillors who faced the boot from UKIP expects to retain his party membership.
Coun Richard Fairman and Coun Alan Jesson followed their ousted leader, Chris Pain, into a breakaway group on Lincolnshire County Council and faced the sack for doing so.
But Coun Fairman said this week that he has remained UKIP all along.
He said: “I am keeping my membership. I am fairly certain I will be accepted back when everything is sorted out and the dust is settled.”
UKIP is standing by its decision to kick out Coun Pain.
The move follows an appeal hearing, which Coun Pain did not attend, on December 16.
An appeal panel decided that one of the original reasons for the removal of Coun Pain’s membership was enough to uphold the exclusion.
The party claims Coun Pain passed “information to a litigant against the party whilst a member of its board of directors”.
Party chairman Steve Crowther said: “I am satisfied that this matter has been fully and properly aired, according to the party’s rules, by a panel composed of qualified lawyers and chaired by an independent senior QC with long experience sitting as a Recorder of the Crown Court.”
Coun Jesson was not available for comment as we went to press.