Win £1,000 with Camelot. See this week's Recorder

On sale October 15

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


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


Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:01
Catherine Burns and Darren Lincoln open the new building

A school is in high spirits after it declared a new building for business courses officially open.

Yesterday, 14:00
The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Barbara White (centre) with friends, volunteers and supporters of The Cranbrook Centre at the opening of the Cranbrook Centre in Redbridge. Picture Vickie Flores

A grand three-day event saw three community organisations join forces to resurrect the former Cranbrook Park Bowling Club into a multi-facility hub for people to enjoy activities and learn new skills.

Yesterday, 11:07
Ilford South and Ilford North MPs Mike Gapes and Wes Streeting. Photo: Laura Burnip

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes is at the heart of a Twitter storm this morning (Tuesday) after saying Labour had no “credible leadership”.

Yesterday, 07:00
The Exchange Shopping Centre in Ilford High Road.

Proposals to build 200 housing units on top of the Exchange Shopping Centre car park in Ilford, have been submitted to Redbridge Council.

Most read news


Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

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

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder