A TORY in the Ellesmere Port and Neston Conservative Association who defected to UKIP has been slammed by his former party.
Nick Lacey had been a deputy chairman of the Ellesmere Port and Neston Conservative Association for 15 months.
He never held any area or regional party officer posts or any publicly elected positions in his time as a member of the association.
Mr Lacey, who lives with his wife Pamela in Whitby, said: “The Conservative Party has irretrievably lost its way and sadly I see no prospect of reform.
“I decided to leave simply because I no longer recognise the party that it has become – it is failing to clear up Labour’s legacy, failing to stand up to the Lib Dems and failing to lead the country in the way it should.
“When I looked through the UKIP manifesto I found myself agreeing with their policies and realised that with a full range of policies, it is far from the single-issue party it used to be and is fit to govern at all levels.
“I want to do what I can for UKIP, for Ellesmere Port and for my country and, having spoken at length with the North West chairman Philip Griffiths, I am confident that I have made the right decision.”
Ellesmere Port and Neston Conservatives chairman Richard Soper said: “Nick wrote to me over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration to resign from the party.
“At that time he assured me that, while he was disillusioned with the coalition, he would not be joining another political party. Obviously that situation has changed.
“I should like to thank him for his work as a member of our association for the last 18 months and I look forward to welcoming him back to the party in future.”
Ellesmere Port Conservative councillor Gareth Anderson said: “Conservatives who join UKIP will find they are in a party that is still seen as single-issue. Its policies, such as they are, are un-costed, unworkable and unrealistic.”