A district councillor has defected from the Conservative Party to UKIP, after confronting David Cameron at the party’s spring conference.
Coun Victoria Ayling, East Lindsey district councillor for Stickney ward, told the Prime Minister of her decision at the event in London on Saturday.
Coun Ayling, who came within 714 votes of becoming Tory MP for Grimsby in 2010, 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 you under a party led by David Cameron.
“So many of you 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 you 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 for you. Lincolnshire residents should be the first and only priority of a locally elected councillor.”
UKIP is thought to be set to mount a serious challenge at the forthcoming Lincolnshire County Council elections - with plans to field a number of candidates in Boston.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage welcomed her to the party and said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Victoria to UKIP and have such a talented and experienced person on board who will work hard across Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and indeed, the county.”
Lincolnshire UKIP MEP Derek Clark added: “I am delighted to be able to welcome such an obviously able and positive councillor, who will work hard for the people she represents.”