Wednesday, 25 January 2017

GRIMSBY COUNCILLOR QUITS UKIP FOR TORIES

  'LOCALLY, UKIP LACKS DIRECTION AND  IS INEFFECTUAL'

Cllr Pettigrew - keen to hold Labour administration to account

A UKIP member of North East Lincolnshire Council has quit the party and defected to the Conservative Group.

Coun Nick Pettigrew represents Grimsby's Freshney ward.

Announcing his decision, he declared : "Ukip has now achieved its primary aim and the Conservative Government is taking Britain out of the EU.

"Locally, the Ukip Group has no clear direction and is ineffectual.

"It is the Conservatives who are holding the Labour-led administration to account, and I want to help with that important task.”



Coun Pettigrew's switch of allegiance has been applauded by Conservative Group leader Coun Philip Jackson.

He said:  “I am pleased to welcome Nick on board.

 "He is a hard-working councillor for the Freshney ward, and I am sure he will be a great asset to our group on the council. He is  the third ex-Ukip councillor to have joined  join us.”



Grimsby Conservative Association chairman Debbie Landymore said “It is great to welcome Nick as a member of the local Conservative Party, and I look forward to working and campaigning with him.”

Current state of the parties on North East Lincolnshire Council:

Lab: 19
Con: 13
Lib-Dem: 5
Ukip: 4
Ind: 1


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