Councillors mount appeal to UKIP party chiefs

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A group of breakaway councillors is appealing to UKIP chiefs to try to reach a ‘compromise’ so they can stay in the party.

Boston councillors Bob McAuley and Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright were among a group of five councillors to join with ousted county leader Chris Pain when he was booted out of the party.

The party’s national executive decided to remove the group – which called itself UKIP Lincolnshire – but the five will appeal that decision.

In last week’s Standard Nigel Farage told the councillors ‘come to your senses or it’s goodbye’.

Coun McAuley told The Standard he hopes the appeal, which he hopes will be be heard before the end of the year, can be successful.

He said: “We are hopeful that a compromise can be reached and that we can still continue to look after our constituents with UKIP values and principles.

“There’s a lot of people rubbing their hands at the moment seeing what’s going on.

“It’s typical politics I suppose, which is a great shame.”

Coun McAuley also questioned Mr Farage’s statement that Chris Pain was kicked out of the party for racist Facebook posts. He pointed out that the police did not prosecute Mr Pain in relation to those allegations. Mr Pain maintains that his account was hacked.

The Standard understands that at the recent UKIP party conference moves were made to try to get at least three of the breakaway councillors to go back to the main group on the county council so the party could regain its status as the official oppositon, a role lost to Labour after the split.