Ex-Tory candidate in Hull joins UKIP

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Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A former Conservative parliamentary candidate in Hull has joined UKIP.

Mike Whitehead made the move following a row regarding the seat in the Hull West and Hessle constituency.

He claims the local Conservative group terminated his contract last week after he refused to stand as a councillor for East Riding Council.

It makes him the second district councillor from the authority to pledge their allegiance to UKIP in recent weeks.

Mr Whitehead, who resigned as a Tory councillor on East Riding Council, will not be standing for UKIP in the upcoming general election as the party already has a candidate running in the constituency.

But he will stand in the local elections, which will be taking place on the same day.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has welcomed Mr Whitehead’s move to his party, describing it as a hammer blow to the Tories.

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Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by The News Editor

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