Looks like three more local officials (councillors) this time, independents in Rutland, have defected to UKIP! They joined UKIP because UKIP respects the independence of local officials and refuse to bind them to a party vote!
Former RAF officer Coun Richardson, who represents the Oakham South West ward, said: “We all stood as independents to uphold certain principles – integrity, openness and transparency and we still stick to those principles.***
“The problem with being an independent councillor is that you can be more easily marginalised. That is what has happened to us.
“We will now have the practical support of a party and we chose UKIP because it is the only one that supports the principles I have mentioned.
“They also do not enforce the whip so we are free to represent our residents based on what they want.