A COUNCILLOR has defended his decision to leave Ukip and return to the Tory party.
Cllr Dave Whittingham was elected in May 2012 to represent Fareham North West on Fareham Borough Council. At the time he was a Conservative member. He became an independent councillor in September, before switching parties to Ukip in April.
Cllr Whittingham said: ‘I have my own political beliefs as do all my residents in the North West ward. I have never mixed politics with the issues brought to me.
‘I did not become a councillor for political gain, I have worked hard for the residents of my ward and Fareham.
‘I have never been asked to resign from being an independent councillor or from Ukip. I decided to return to the Conservatives out of respect for those who voted for me at the last election. I believe the Conservative policies are the best way forward, not just for the residents but for the borough of Fareham.’
Leader of the council Cllr Sean Woodward welcomed Cllr Whittingham back to the Conservative party.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘He has come back to the party he was elected to. He made a mistake and has seen the error of his ways and returned.’