A UKIP member who publicly criticised the new Tory MP for Fareham and has openly opposed new town Welborne has switched his allegiance to the Conservatives.
Tom Davies, the former Ukip Fareham and Gosport membership secretary, turned coat on last week when he met with Fareham’s Tory council leader Sean Woodward.
Cllr Woodward welcomed Mr Davies to the party.
He said: ‘I have been impressed with Tom Davies’s work ethic in Portchester and know that he wants to get things done for the people of his home town.
‘He has demonstrated his commitment to Conservative principles and will I am sure prove to be an asset to our party.
‘I am sure many other members of Ukip will not be far behind him in coming home to the Conservatives.’
Mr Davies said: ‘The post-election chaos has been embarrassing.
‘Nigel Farage said he would resign if he lost. He lost and he is still the leader.
‘With the only Ukip MP seemingly at odds with his party as well the whole situation has turned into a complete fiasco. That fiasco has been mirrored locally in Fareham and Gosport.
‘I have come to realise that the Conservatives represent my views and those of most people I know much more effectively than Ukip.’