Portsmouth Ukip dealt blow by second councillor departure

UKIP in Portsmouth has been dealt another blow after it was confirmed that a second party councillor had abandoned the party this year.

Wednesday, 12th July 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:35 am

Councillor Julie Bird confirmed her departure to join with independent councillor Paul Godier to create a new group of independents on the council.

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It leaves Ukip with two councillors following the earlier departure of Alicia Denny to the Conservatives earlier this year.

Speaking about her decision, Cllr Bird said: ‘I just do not agree with them. I have got to be able to serve the residents of Fratton and I will be better suited to be able to do that as an independent councillor.’