Second Skegness councillor in three months defects to UKIP

UKIP defection: (From left to right) Coun Danny Brookes, Coun Chris Draper and Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke of Skegness will all represent the  UKIP party.

UKIP defection: (From left to right) Coun Danny Brookes, Coun Chris Draper and Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke of Skegness will all represent the UKIP party.

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A senior Skegness Coun who has held a Labour seat for eight years has today defected to the UKIP party.

Today, (Monday, June 23) UKIP secured the defection of senior Skegness Coun Chris Draper.

Draper, serving her eighth year as a Skegness Town Councillor had previously sat as a Labour supporter, however from today, will sit as a UKIP member.

Coun Draper said: “I have been absolutely shocked over the past few months to realise we are giving £55 million a day to Brussels and the European Union. 75 percent of our laws are now made in Brussels - this has to stop. Think what we could do with that money in this country.”

“After also reading the common sense policies locally and nationally of UKIP, I am delighted to be joining the team,” she said.

“We are going to be putting up a great fight next May and it’s time to give UKIP a chance, working with the people to make Skegness a better place, otherwise nothing will ever change,” she added.

Leader of the defecting Skegness Councillors, Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke, said: “Coun Draper is a highly respected and knowledgeable councillor. Her decision to join us is of course great news and she will be a fantastic asset to the ever growing team.”

“She will also join the many Town and District Council candidates who will be standing next May. I am confident we can go on and continue the success we have recently had,” he said.

Adding: “I ask the people of Skegness to continue to trust us and believe in us. If we can ever help any resident please just get in touch with us.”