Ousted UKIP councillor will keep seat

Councillors Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman when they celebrated their election victories in May. SG03513-135TW
Councillors Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman when they celebrated their election victories in May. SG03513-135TW

The second Spalding UKIP councillor facing the sack from his national party has vowed to carry on serving his constituents.

Coun Richard Fairman, who represents Spalding East, Moulton and Cowbit, already considers himself “gone” from UKIP.

UKIP’s national bosses gave Coun Fairman, fellow Spalding councillor Alan Jesson and three others a deadline of today (Monday) to quit a breakaway UKIP group, UKIG (United Kingdom Independence Group), that was set up by the ousted county council UKIP leader Chris Pain.

Coun Jesson has already said he will not revoke his UKIG membership and is likely to stay on as an Independent, but Coun Fairman says he will take advice from his colleagues before deciding on his party label.

Coun Fairman said he doesn’t like the way UKIP has treated him.

He said: “When you consider what I have done for them it’s awful. I have been working against domination by the European Union since 1974 when I saw Enoch Powell and (Tony) Wedgwood Benn both describe what was going to happen.”

In a message to his ward, Coun Fairman says: “I am still your county councillor and stand by everything I said when asking for your vote.”