Boston councillors are among five in the county who have been chucked out of the main UKIP party today.
The five UKIP county councillors followed ousted leader Chris Pain to a breakaway ‘UKIP Lincolnshire’ group in September.
The move means they can no longer call themselves UKIP Lincolnshire. It is understood they will change their name to United Kingdom Independence Group (UKIG).
UKIP Lincolnshire councillor Bob McAuley holds seats at both county and borough councils.
Speaking to The Standard today he said: “We formed a group of five UKIP councillors including Chris Pain, as we had no choice. We have seven days to appeal from Monday to see if we can resolve the issue but I think it’s a pointless appealing to somebody has already been instrumental in putting us here in the first place.
“Regardless of this, I’m there to represent the people who elected me. I’m still with UKIP in principle, I still want us out of the EU and for there to be better controls on immigration. It’s a national issue but one that affects people on a local level.
“Irrespective of whatever we call ourselves, we want to reassure people that we are still councillors and still represent them.”
UKIP is now led at county level by Colin Mair and is no longer the official opposition, with 10 members left in the original group.
Coun McAuley added that he did not think his colleagues in UKIP Lincolnshire would consider going back to the original group of 10.