UKIP orders breakaway Lincolnshire group to change party name
UKIP chiefs have ordered a Lincolnshire breakaway group to change its party name.
Following a UKIP split on Lincolnshire County Council last month, former leader of the local party Chris Pain spearheaded a breakaway group of six - calling it UKIP Lincolnshire.
But Cllr Pain was kicked out of UKIP altogether on September 18 following a meeting of the party's emergency disciplinary committee in London.
It was believed to be because of a dispute between the Wainfleet and Burgh councillor and UKIP national chairman Steve Crowther.
And today, party chiefs have told the breakaway group to lose its UKIP banner.
As well as cllr Pain, the group includes Alan Jesson, Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright, John Beaver, Bob McAuley and Richard Fairman.
A UKIP source told the Echo: "UKIP Lincolnshire is not a name the party will permit for a breakaway group led by a man who has been booted out of UKIP."
Cllr Pain said he had received an email from UKIP officials but that he is yet to think of a new party name.