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What's next for 'UKIP Lincolnshire' after name change debacle...

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

What's next for 'UKIP Lincolnshire' after name change debacle
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A breakaway group of county councillors who previously represented UKIP are changing their name in a bid to break all ties with the party.

The five councillors followed Councillor Chris Pain, below far right, when he left UKIP after a split in its leadership last year.

The six formed a new party called UKIP Lincolnshire. This led to a further row with the national party, which objected to the name and threatened legal action.

Mr Pain, who represents Wainfleet and Burgh-le-Marsh and leads the breakaway group, is now in discussions over changing the group’s name.

He said: “A lot of our councillors’ thoughts and beliefs are UKIP beliefs, which we don’t think are now what UKIP is actually striving for, so I don’t think it is appropriate to be called UKIP Lincolnshire.”

“We will have no mention of UKIP in name at all.”

Councillors, below from left, Bob McAuley, John Beaver, Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright, Alan Jesson and Richard Fairman declared their support for Mr Pain after he left the party. They were given a choice of remaining with UKIP or leaving. The quintet formed UKIP Lincolnshire with Mr Pain.

A national UKIP spokesman said none of the five breakaway councillors had since had their UKIP membership reinstated.

She said: “They weren’t allowed to call it UKIP Lincolnshire, I presume they will be thinking of another name. We were in discussions with the chief executive about that. They can call themselves anything as long as it’s not UKIP.”

“To be honest they are ex-members. We are doing great work around the county council.”

The breakaway from UKIP in September meant the party lost its role as official opposition at Lincolnshire County Council. The six still serve in their roles as county councillors.

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said the group would still be known as UKIP Lincolnshire until an application to change the name was made.

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  • Sir_Chasm  |  March 26 2014, 9:48AM

    "So what about the electorate who voted for these people. The vote was for UKIP." Right... and what, exactly, were UKIP's policies for LOCAL GOVERNMENT at the time? Voting UKIP representatives on to a county council isn't going to affect immigration, it isn't going to change our membership of the EU, it isn't going to bring in UKIP's proposed flat tax rate, so what were they hoping to achieve? As I recall, UKIP didn't have ANY policies for local government so their only valid purpose is as a protest vote, i.e. keeping Labour, Lib Dem and Tory candidates off the council. And given that that's exactly what these individuals are still doing, you can all stop whining, can't you?

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  • GedlingTnPeck  |  March 18 2014, 12:30PM

    I would suggest that most people vote for the Party rather than for the individual. If it was for the individual most Tory candidates would have no chance. You could argue the individual and the party go together as the person should broadly blieve in the principles of the Party. That the UKIP individualsare no longer UKIP as they have broken away it is correct that the electorate have been misled and they are standing on a political ticket under false pretences. Would it be that if they all resigned they would be re-elcted under whatever banner because they are decent individuals. I suspect not. More likely that if "proper" UKIP candidates stood against them then they would be the ones to be elected. Still we are all used to being misrepresented by politicians!

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  • Arthrys  |  March 17 2014, 5:50PM

    Bob_Ovett you are right we do elect individuals to be our representatives, but these people stood at the local election on the Ukip platform therefore giving people the impression that those were the policies they supported. To move in such a short space of time to a position where they say they don't support Ukip so it is not a surprise to see voters question whether they ran under false pretences and should consider their position.

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  • Bob_Ovett  |  March 17 2014, 5:22PM

    It's worrying that people don't seem to understand how our electoral system works. You don't vote for the party, you vote for the individual. If you vote based on a party line that's your perception of how it works - not fact. Labour will have elected representatives that will vote against the EU despite the party line being for it. I remember the old 'I never voted for Gordon Brown to be Prime Minister' argument. No, that's right, you didn't and unless you moved to Dumfries you never would either.

  • Englishman66  |  March 17 2014, 3:39PM

    WELL IF THEY HAVE SPLIT FROM UKIP THEY CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE GETTING MY VOTE

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  • Armyoldsweat  |  March 17 2014, 1:45PM

    My wife and I are two of many elderly people who voted the six named ex-UKIP candidates onto the County Council. Regardless the reason of Councillor Chris Pain dismissal the five other, politely termed, individuals who renounced their membership in his support would, had they the barest modicum of decency resigned their seats instantly. To avoid any confusion or misunderstanding at future elections, the full names of all these characters should be broadcast far and wide across the county to at least discourage decent folk voting for them whatever name they're inclined to give themselves.

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  • Whiley45  |  March 17 2014, 8:52AM

    So what about the electorate who voted for these people. The vote was for UKIP. They have decided they do not want to be a member of UKIP and have therefore let down those voters. They should resign and allow the people to resister their vote again!

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