The expulsion of UKIP’s former Lincolnshire group leader last Wednesday sparked a week of bitter feuding with ex-party-colleagues desperate to distance themselves from the ousted councillor
Coun Chris Pain (pictured) was kicked out of UKIP during a disciplinary hearing in London about an undisclosed ‘specific’ breach of rules.
The Burgh and Wainfleet councillor responded with a scathing attack on UKIP chairman Steve Crowther, whom he says called the hearing over a personal disagreement - claims the party rejects.
“Steve Crowther is relentless is his quest to manipulate any situation that he needs to,” he said.
Coun Pain went on to accuse UKIP’s entire senior team of being ‘riddled with corruption’. He used extracts from a recorded telephone conversation with Will Gilpin, the party’s former CEO, as supposed evidence there had been a ‘plot to oust me from the party, by any means’.
Mr Gilpin’s partner, Katie Snape, however, was furious at the ‘deceitful and illegal’ recording of the conversation and its public use.
She also attacked Coun Pain’s attempts to clear his name of racism allegations brought against him regarding posts reportedly made from his Facebook account.
“I am in the midst of some sort inner turmoil [about] what offends me most about you,” she said, “Your mendacity, your blustering, your indefatigable self-belief or your poor grasp of the English language.”
Coun Pain later insisted there is nothing illegal about recording phone conversations. He again refuted the racism allegations saying there was an ‘illicit network of hackers that have been targeting people in UKIP’.
Former party colleagues, angered by Coun Pain’s ‘antics’ have since come out to distance themselves from the expelled councillor.
Coun Colin Mair, who took over as the party’s Lincolnshire leader, said: “We have simply been victims of the collateral damage caused by his campaign against UKIP.”
One of the five UKIP councillors to join Coun Pain’s breakaway party, however, rose to his defence, claiming he had been ‘stabbed in the back’. Boston councillor Bob McAuley told party bosses they had scored an ‘own goal’ by throwing out Coun Pain.
Coun Pain, quoted another breakaway member confirming he was victim of a party conspiracy. He says the party’s ‘top brass’ were ‘nervous’ of his popularity , which could have resulted in him winning the party’s first parliamentary seat above Nigel Farage.