Former Lincolnshire leader hits back at UKIP expulsion

Chris Pain
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The former Lincolnshire leader of UKIP has hit back after the party revealed is standing by its decision to kick him out.

Coun Chris Pain told The Standard that party bosses decision to dismiss his appeal is ‘not the end of the matter’ and said he wishes to ‘clear his name’ in the courts.

In a statement he hits out at party chairman Steve Crowther and leader Nigel Farage.

It reads: “I would like to put forward the following facts regarding the results of my appeal hearing, which UKIP states was for “forwarding a confidential email to a litigant,” and for no other reason.

“The email in question contained information about the flawed MEP selection process which was contrived by Steve Crowther, Party Chairman, under Nigel Farage’s leadership.

“As an NEC member I was not prepared to sacrifice the fair and democratic principles of the party, as it would not represent the better interest of its members. I refused to rubber stamp unfair processes at the whim of Nigel Farage and his chairman.

“I passed an email regarding this flawed process to a UKIP MEP who was entitled to receive it. The email confirmed that UKIP had not followed the rules and constitution of the party. I resigned my position as a director on the NEC as a result of this.”

He said the second claim - that he recorded a conversation - was dropped and that he was entitled to record evidence of dubios activities.

He says the contents of his recording raise questions of the integrity of UKIP’s leadership.

Coun Pain, who still represents the Wainfleet and Burgh county ward, said UKIP picked an appeal hearing date that did not suit him and feels the process was not properly carried out.

Coun Pain added: “Nigel Farage and Steve Crowther’s views on democracy and fair play are not in the interest of any UKIP members.”

He added: “UKIP’s actions against me have given me no choice but to follow the findings of my QC and to take UKIP to a Judicial Hearing in the High Court.

“Meanwhile in my current position as councillor on Lincolnshire County Council I will continue with my fellow Councillors representing the electorate that put us there, in their wishes and needs in all aspects of local issues.”

He is also considering legal action against Steve Crowther and Nigel Farage.