Dismissed Chris Pain to appeal UKIP decision and says party is in "meltdown"
Chris Pain will appeal a decision to kick him out of UKIP.
The former Lincolnshire party leader was thrown out of the party yesterday following a meeting of the party’s emergency disciplinary committee in London.
It is believed it is because of a string of disputes between the Wainfleet and Burgh politician and national party chairman Steve Crowther.
Councillor Pain said: “I will appeal.
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“I will carry on as I always have – working and supporting the people that voted for me.
“Every position I have reached while being a member of the party was gained by democratic vote, by sheer hard work and effort.
“The response I have had from members of UKIP is overwhelming.
“People who know me will know I will not walk away from my responsibilities as a man of honesty and integrity.
“UKIP is in meltdown.”
Councillor Pain led a breakaway group of five in a high-profile UKIP split at Lincolnshire County Council last week.
The party’s name of UKIP Lincolnshire is now expected to change and not run under a UKIP banner.
A UKIP source yesterday told the Echo Cllr Pain’s actions were “liable to bring the party into disrepute.”