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.