Three former Brighouse councillors have joined UKIP.
The Calderdale branch of the UK Independence Party was officially launched yesterday revealing the group of ex-councillors who are joining the party.
Among them are former councillors Nick Yates and Paul Rogan (right) and Skircoat Green councillor Grenville Horsfall who lives in Clifton.
Nick Yates lost his seat in 2008 to Howard Blagbrough. He stood again in 2010 against Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse). Now he hopes to stand in the Brighouse ward in next year’s election representing UKIP.
“We are being run by a very corrupt and undemocratic organisation which is the European Union,” he said.
The Brighouse businessman said one of the things they wanted to do was halve the number of MPs and councillors.
“We need to be concentrating on improving the quality of life for the people in this country that are paying their taxes.”
Paul Rogan, who was unable to attend the launch, will hopefully be standing in the Rastrick ward although this has not yet been made official. Paul represented the Rastrick ward as an English Democrat from 2003 to 2010 when he decided not to defend his seat.
Grenville Horsfall announced his interest in UKIP last year and hopes to stand in the Skircoat ward in Halifax next year. He represented the Skircoat ward for 12 years as a Conservative councillor until he was told in 2008 that he was no longer wanted.
He said: “I think we will have a walk over with a lot of the wards we are planning on standing in. We won’t win some of them but we will have a good turnout and a very good result. Now the party has been launched in Calderdale we have just got to press on.”
The Calderdale branch is being led by former Conservative councillor David Ginley. “We are going to prove that UKIP is a force and I think people will be very surprised at the UKIP results next May when we pull out of the stops.”
He said they were gaining support and their membership nationally had seen an increase. “We are still working out who is the best person for which seat but we are thinking about standing for the Calder Valley parliamentary elections. We are interviewing candidates. UKIP is the common sense party.”
This was echoed by UKIP’s local MEP Godfrey Bloom. He told members that he was pleased with the tremendous turnout and how it was always a pleasure to come to Brighouse.
“We are slightly less barking mad than the other parties. I think perhaps we are hopefully the party of common sense.”
Also involved with the party is former Tory councillor Joyce Cawthra who is going to act as Nick’s agent.
Joining the party for next May’s election is Geoff Fielden who served as a Labour councillor for 12 years in Sowerby Bridge. He left in 1992 after getting disillusioned with it. He lives in Elland.
Geoffrey Thompson, aged 23, also joins the party. Geoffrey did tried to stand as a Conservative councillor twice but was unsuccessful. He lives in Pye Nest.