TWO Independent councillors in Fareham have joined UKIP, having quit the Conservative party last year.
Nick Gregory and Dave Whitingham decided to join UKIP after finding solidarity with the party’s manifesto.
Nick Gregory was elected in 2010.
He said: ‘We decided that our views were very much in line with UKIP’s policies, especially at local level, where the party believes in empowering local councillors with greater freedom to do their job.
‘The party, like me, believes councillors’ expenses are too high, especially when so many residents are being squeezed.
‘UKIP’s political ideas, views on welfare and approach to local governance are refreshing and exactly what this country needs.’
Dave Whitingham will also stand for the party as a county council candidate this May.
Nigel Farage, UKIP party leader said: ‘It’s great news that two tremendously hardworking chaps with exactly the right attitude have decided to join UKIP.
‘We share their work ethic and their belief in the importance of local governance and it is great to welcome them into our ever-swelling ranks.
‘I look forward to working with them in the future.’