A UKIP parliamentary candidate has quit after falling out with the party’s Portsmouth South chairman.
Don Jerrard, a former business lawyer from Southampton, was due to run for Fareham MP in May but was suspended yesterday following outbursts relating to chairman Paul Lovegrove and his past. He then resigned his role.
Mr Jerrard said that he had left the local group after becoming disillusioned with it supporting Mr Lovegrove.
He said: ‘I am shocked. I am disgusted and disappointed and I find it quite extraordinary that the people at the top of Ukip are acting like this.’
Mr Jerrard co-founded The Justice & Anti-Corruption Party – an independent party that sought to obtain justice for victims of abuse of power and expose corruption – in 2010 before moving to Ukip.
He said that he would not stand for a party that he did not agree with locally, although he intends to stay with Ukip nationally to try and rectify the problem.
Mr Jerrard’s departure follows Portsmouth city councillor Paul Godier who quit this month.
Cllr Godier, who was elected to represent the Charles Dickens ward in May, has now become an independent councillor.
Mr Jerrard’s campaign manager Bob Ingram, who until recently was the vice chairman of Fareham and Gosport Ukip, has also quit due to the situation.
Mr Ingram said he did not agree with the way Ukip had treated Mr Jerrard and his complaints.
Ukip spokesman Gawain Towler said: ‘We thank Mr Jerrard for his hard work over his time as a Ukip member. We are sad that he feels the need to leave, but accept his decision.’