Criticisms over Fareham councillors’ change of party

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MEMBERS of political parties have condemned two Fareham councillors who have changed their colours.

It comes after two independent councillors in Fareham joined UKIP, having quit the Conservative party last year.

Nick Gregory and Dave Whitingham joined UKIP after they found themselves in agreement with the party’s manifesto.

But now Richard Ryan from Fareham Labour party warned it means there is an unelected UKIP group on the council.

He said: ‘They have no right to represent a party who has not been elected.

‘They should both resign their seats and have the courage to stand for re-election for their new party.’

And Conservative MEP and former European Commission chief accountant Marta Andreasen, a recent convert from UKIP, attacked the standing of her former party.

She said: ‘The party has little meaningful representation in the higher reaches of UK politics. In Brussels, where it does, the opportunities provided are in my opinion squandered.’

But Christopher Wood from Stubbington UKIP welcomed the move.

He said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to welcome two hard-working local councillors.’