Mixed messages over UKIP’s senior roles in Lincolnshire

Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke, pictured left, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and Dean Hunter-Clarke, at a party meeting earlier this year.
Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke, pictured left, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and Dean Hunter-Clarke, at a party meeting earlier this year.

A political party’s reshuffling of its senior roles has sparked confusion, uncertainty and mixed messages from those involved.

An anonymous letter has claimed that UKIP’s two deputy leaders, councillors Robin Hunter-Clarke and Victoria Ayling had been replaced by Coun Colin Mair.

The letter, allegedly quoting the party leader Coun Chris Pain, says the two councillors’ low attendance and lack of commitment had a ‘negative impact’ on the party.

“The feeling from all of the members present was that both Robin and Victoria had not contributed to the group or helped Chris pain the group leader at all, despite promising to do this,” the letter stated.

Coun Pain has since confirmed that Coun Colin Mair has taken the post of deputy leader in place of the two councillors, though he has denied making any other comments, as reported by the other media.

“I have confirmed that Colin Mair was deputy leader, he will be a good deputy leader and will push the group forward,” he said.

“But I made no further comments about Robin or Victoria - there’s no issue with either of those councillors.”

Adding to the confusion, Coun Hunter-Clarke, the ward holder for Skegness South has since insisted that both he and Coun Ayling remain as deputy leaders.

“Can’t comment at minute as investigation ongoing but I can say I have not been removed as Deputy Leader and neither has Victoria,” he said

Coun Hunter-Clarke also dismissed rumours that they had joined the Conservative party as ‘complete and utter rubbish’.

A UKIP spokesperson said: “We do not comment on anonymous letters’.

Coun Ayling, Spilsby Fen’s ward-holder, has yet to respond to a request for comment.