A FOUNDING member of the original Wirral branch of UKIP has died.

Henry Crocker, of Neston, was widely known for his work with the party and was still busy working for them up until his death on December 30, aged 83.

He and wife Effie regularly attended meetings of the Wirral branch and played a full part in supporting fundraising events and leafleting in elections.

Mr Crocker and his wife were awarded gold medals for their efforts at the national UKIP conference in London, and he had stood in numerous local and parliamentary elections, standing in the 2010 General Election.

Phil Griffiths, chairman of the UKIP Wirral and North West branches said Mr Crocker would be ‘sadly missed but never forgotten’.

He said: “He was a great team member, well liked and respected, who contributed greatly to our cause and was much appreciated by all.

“Our thoughts are with his family.”

The funeral service will take place at Landican Cemetery, Arrowe Park, at 10am tomorrow (Thursday).