Friday, 28 February 2014

Defection Watch: Pratts Bottom Cllr Joins UKIP

Cllr Julian Grainger (Bromley LBC, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom ward) has confirmed that he will be standing for UKIP in the upcoming London local elections.  He was sitting as a Conservative councillor, but had reportedly failed to be reselected for May's elections.  Following the announcement, he was expelled from the Conservative group on the council, and his Conservative Party membership was also pending termination.

Bromley Council's website currently describes his political group as "Not specified".

Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom is a safe Conservative ward where they won 60.1% of the vote in 2010, although there was no UKIP candidate in that contest.  Overall, Bromley is one of the safest Conservative boroughs in London.

New council composition:
Conservative - 52 (-1)
Lib Dems - 4
Labour - 3
"Not specified" - 1 (+1)

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