Ex-council UKIP leader appeals party sacking
THE former leader of UKIP on Lincolnshire County Council has said he will appeal a decision which saw him kicked out of the party.
Chris Pain, who represents the Wainfleet and Burgh ward, was thrown out of the party last week following a decision by 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 has now 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 has said the actions were "liable to bring the party into disrepute."
The move means the original UKIP group has been whittled down from 16 councillors to 10 and has been stripped of its official opposition role within the council chamber.
Labour, with 12 seats, is now the opposition under the leadership of Louth South councillor, John Hough.
Louth North Councillor Sarah Dodds, for Labour has been made the shadow executive councillor for adult care and children's services.
Councillor Colin Mair who represents Tattershall Castle is now leading UKIP on Lincolnshire County Council.