“DISILLUSIONMENT” with the Conservative party has prompted ex-Worthing mayor Charles James to quit the party for UKIP this week.
The Durrington ward councillor, who has been in politics for over 20 years, announced his decision on Monday, after “much reflection”.
But Mr James said he did not consider the move as a defection, rather his party had altered its views.
He said: “I don’t feel that I have moved my political views. I think it is the Conservatives which have defected.
“The party made certain promises that have not been fulfilled and my disillusion is through that.
“I feel the only way I can effectively show some support for the British people and what they want is by joining UKIP.”
Mr James said the main reason for switching allegiance was Prime Minister David Cameron’s failure to hold a referendum on European Union membership.
He said: “It is vital we are given this choice.
“I have come to believe that the only party trying to conserve Britain is UKIP. Conserving our country is a duty, so ultimately, my choice was clear-cut.”
Mr James will stand as a UKIP candidate when his seat comes up for election next summer.
For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out today (Thursday, July 4).