Search

Cllr Edward Griffin’s defection to Ukip is ‘no great loss’, says Conservative leader

17:41 11 February 2014

Keith Prince attended the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony on Monday at City Hall

Keith Prince attended the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony on Monday at City Hall

Archant

The leader of the Redbridge Conservatives has called the shock defection of a councillor to Ukip “no great loss”.

Cllr Edward Griffin, who represents Hainault, said he left his former party because he was unhappy with its direction and leadership yesterday.

But Cllr Keith Prince, leader of Redbridge Council, said it was not a blow to his group.

He added: “Ted and I have never really seen eye-to-eye.

“I like councillors who actually do work and actually turn up to meetings and the committees they are on and if they don’t I have a problem with them.”

Redbridge Council attendance records show Cllr Griffin has attended 73 per cent of meetings in the last year, missing seven out of 26.

He previously left the Tories in 2005 and became independent before re-joining the party but said he moved to Ukip because they were “more in tune with the way people think”.

Cllr Prince conceded that the eurosceptic party was gaining voters from the Conservatives in some areas but “not in Redbridge”.

“The make-up of our borough doesn’t really lend itself to people looking at voting Ukip,” he said.

“We are more educated here as well.”

Michael McGough, chairman of the Redbridge and Waltham Forest branch, said things are “looking good” for his party, which is lining up candidates for the local elections.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest News Stories

39 minutes ago

As fireworks and sparklers light up the skies above Redbridge, residents are being urged to be extra careful during another Fire Brigade Union strike.

13:51
Pupils sitting an exam. Picture: PA/David Jones

Redbridge is home to some of the country’s brightest pupils with more than three quarters achieving five or more A* to C GCSE grades according to new figures.

Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

09:37
Survivor of the Trilokpuri killings in East Delhi - a photo from the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered exhibition at the Wiener Library in Russell Square. Photo: Ram Rahman

WARNING: The image on this page contains graphic content.

Most read news

Another two men were taken to local hospital with serious injuries.

There has never been better news on a Friday afternoon.

And it’s said to be revolutionising access to donor sperm throughout the country.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition