Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett will represent UKIP as a candidate in the district council elections in May.
Mr Scarlett revealed his intention to stand in an interview with the Spalding Guardian on Tuesday without saying he would be a UKIP candidate.
He told us then: “At parish and district level, it should be about the individual – you are not electing a party.”
UKIP local chairman Paul Foyster issued a press release today (Thursday) saying: “UKIP are pleased to announce that Mr Philip Scarlett, the president of Spalding Chamber of Commerce, has now joined our party.”
The statement said Mr Scarlett had been selected to stand for South Holland District Council and also revealed he “is assisting us and our parliamentary candidate, David Parsons, on commercial and other matters and he will be heading our Spalding Policy Unit”.
Mr Scarlett told us today he joined UKIP last year.
He said: “I will be standing for UKIP because I am a member of their party – but I will be standing because UKIP have no whip and no corralling of members. They select us but you are standing in your own right.”