A Sussex town councillor has announced his decision to leave UKIP as “party politics has no place at a local level”.
Cllr Laurence Pulling was elected to Newhaven Town Council in May 2015 with 744 votes.
Since the election, he has been working hard to improve Newhaven town centre, setting up the town traders association which organised and hosted the first Spooktacular and Italian Market events earlier this year. He has also initiated two hours free parking in Newhaven town centre.
Cllr Pulling, who will now become an independent councillor, said: “I have seen first-hand that party politics has no place at a local level.
“I was elected by local people on local policies, not national policies.
“I believe I can serve our town better without being burdened by a party machine, nor be involved in political point scoring.
“I think outside the box and will carry on my work to improve our town. As a councillor for a mere seven months, I am proud of my achievements so far; and there is more in the pipeline.
“I will endeavour to carry on working hard for the town.”
Cllr Pulling, who was also a branch committee member for UKIP Lewes, is happy to work with like-minded councillors at all levels and of all parties.
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