No home for BNP in UKIP

UKIP's district duo - Coun Paul Foyster (left) with Coun Pete Williams. SG080515-237TW

UKIP's district duo - Coun Paul Foyster (left) with Coun Pete Williams. SG080515-237TW

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UKIP duo Paul Foyster and Pete Williams are settling in to their new roles as councillors after making history on Friday as the first from their party to be elected to South Holland District Council.

Both began learning the ropes at an induction on Tuesday – and are pledging to do their best for their wards and the wider district.

UKIP polled more than 10,000 votes in the parliamentary election here last Thursday, with candidate David Parsons coming second to Tory MP John Hayes on 29,303.

Punchbowl pub landlord Coun Williams, who represents Spalding St Paul’s, accepts UKIP may have picked up some votes from BNP supporters because the BNP didn’t have a candidate this time around after collecting 1,796 votes in 2010.

Coun Williams said: “It certainly wasn’t our aim and we don’t align ourselves with the BNP in any way whatsoever – in fact we are the only party that will not allow ex-BNP members to join the party.”

Coun Foyster, who represents Holbeach Town ward, said UKIP took votes from parties across the board, the Conservatives, Lib-Dems and Labour, and if they had “done something to kill off” the BNP that was “a very good thing”.

At district level, he hopes to focus on Holbeach town centre – the High Street – and the business community.

He said: “I would like to see more done to revitalise that area.”

Coun Foyster also wants to see improvements to public open spaces.

Coun Williams will work for “the betterment of Spalding and South Holland”, but says the council’s hands are tied to a bigger extent than the public realise because there is so little money given to local government and there will be even less over the next four years.