A Skegness councillor has announced he is joining UKIP after serving as independent.
Coun John Byford, who represents Seacroft Ward on East Lindsey District Council, had sat as an independent since quitting the Conservatives last year.
He was welcomed to the party by the UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Boston and Skegness, Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke.
Coun Hunter Clarke said: “I am delighted that John has decided to join us as he is a highly respected and experienced councillor who has worked tirelessly for this town. He has a passion for Skegness and realises, like many other residents, that together with UKIP he can make his constituents needs heard and begin to make some truly positive changes to our town.”
Coun Byford said: “As a councillor I have seen East Lindsey fail to meet the needs of the residents, but alone I am restricted by how much I can do about it. We have lost so much as a town, and gained so little - something I want to change. I left the Conservative Party last year because they failed to deliver on their promises, and consequently let everyone down nationally and locally. As a town we must be in control of our own destiny and ensure residents needs are put first, not those of the local authority. Skegness contributes so much financially and culturally to the east coast and should be recognised for this.”