Spalding pub landlord makes history

UKIP's Pete Williams (right) with Conservative David Ashby. SG080515-218TW
UKIP's Pete Williams (right) with Conservative David Ashby. SG080515-218TW

Spalding pub landlord Pete Williams made history when he became South Holland’s first UKIP district councillor.

Party workers had to wait for the ninth result to be declared – that of Spalding St Paul’s – before gaining their first toe-hold on the district council.

I was, to be honest, rather hoping I would be part of a much larger movement within South Holland and within this country.

Landlord Pete Williams

Coun Williams said his result was “absolutely amazing” but he felt “devastated” by UKIP’s failures across the country and the defeat and resignation of party leader Nigel Farage.

He said: “I was, to be honest, rather hoping I would be part of a much larger movement within South Holland and within this country.”

Speaking about Farage’s defeat in Thanet South, Coun Williams said: “I am the eternal optimist and right to the end, even when it was staring me in the face that he wasn’t going to make it, I still had fingers and toes crossed.”

UKIP’s Paul Foyster took a Holbeach Town Ward seat from the Independents and said: “I am pleased that we do have a voice on the district.”