Councillors join new breakaway UKIP group

Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman celebrate after their victories at May's councty elections.
Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman celebrate after their victories at May's councty elections.
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Two UKIP councillors who represent South Holland have joined a breakaway group on the county council.

Alan Jesson, who represents Spalding South, and Richard Fairman, for Spalding East and Moulton, are among six UKIP county councillors who have left the main opposition group.

The new UKIP Lincolnshire group has been formed by Coun Chris Pain, who was ousted last week as the leader of the main Lincolnshire UKIP group.

His departure as leader followed a dispute with UKIP national chairman Steve Crowther.

As well as Couns Jesson and Fairman, the new UKIP Lincolnshire group consists of Bob McAuley, John Beaver and Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright.

Their departure from the main group means it is no longer the main opposition group on Conservative-led Lincolnshire County Council, as it now only has ten members.

The opposition group is now Labour, with 12 members.

But Coun Pain said he did not want the disruption to interfere with his suggestion to scrap the county’s district and borough councils and adopt unitary authority status.

He tabled a motion at a full council meeting on Friday, saying the move could save up to £25million every year, even after transition costs.

Council leader Martin Hill tabled an amendment, which was passed, saying although the council recognised the potential for savings, local government structure has to be decided by parliament and this government had indicated there will be no such legislation.

Coun Hill’s amendment recommended councillors to lobby MPs and political parties to include proposals for the long-term sustainability of local government in their manifestos.