East Lindsey district councillor Victoria Ayling defects from Conservative party to UKIP
An East Lindsey district councillor has publically defected from the Conservative Party to UKIP.
Victoria Ayling, who was within 714 votes of becoming the Tory MP for Grimsby at the 2010 General Election, told Prime Minister David Cameron of her decision at the Conservative spring conference.
She said: "Lincolnshire residents should come first, which is why I wanted to become a district councillor.
"As a matter of conscience I could no longer serve under a party led by David Cameron.
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"So many are struggling to make ends meet, our roads are littered with pot holes and our schools and police are struggling to cope with dramatically reduced budgets.
"I have listened to people at a recent public meeting I organised and have taken note of how central Government policies have caused hardship or offence.
"UKIP believes in true democracy and so do I.
"I believe that only through UKIP, could I be more effective in fighting for a better deal.
"Lincolnshire residents should be the first and only priority of a locally elected councillor."
Lincolnshire's UKIP MEP Derek Clark welcomed councillor Ayling to the party.
"I am delighted to be able to welcome such an obviously able and positive councillor, who will work hard for the people she represents," he said.
Meanwhile, UKIP leader Nigel Farage also expressed his delight at Cllr Ayling's decision and welcomed her on board.