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

16:00
Five Oaks Lane, Chigwell. Picture: Google Street View

A fire damaging an outbuilding in Chigwell is now under control.

12:34
Concerns aired about homeless man living in a

A homeless man’s make-shift “shack” has been taken down by the council.

15:09
Police want to trace this man following an assault on the Central Line between Woodford and South Woodford

Police have released CCTV after a man was punched in the face on the Central line between South Woodford and Woodford.

10:15
King George Hospital, Barley Way, Goodmayes

Health commissioners in Redbridge are being investigated by a government watchdog over “pricing arrangements” involving elective care services.

Most read news

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder