New deputy for Ukip after defection to Tories

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A NEW deputy leader has been appointed to the Ukip group in Portsmouth following a councillor’s defection.

Cllr Julie Swan has taken up the post left vacant by Steve Hastings after he quit to become a member of the Conservatives.

Cllr Hastings was formerly associated with the Tories for 30 years.

Cllr Swan represents Fratton ward and was initially Ukip’s deputy after she was elected last year.

But she stood down to allow Cllr Hastings to take up the role.

Cllr Colin Galloway, Ukip group leader, said: ‘She was the natural choice.

‘Cllr Swan is very hard working, not just for the group, but for her ward. She is exceptionally good.

He added: ‘I now hope everything is sorted and we can get on with the job properly.’