Councillor Adrian Dent, the Cambridgeshire County Councillor for the Bassingbourn Division, has, today, announced his resignation from both the Conservative Party and the Conservative Group on Cambridgeshire County Council. He has decided to join the UK Independence Party and he has been accepted onto the UKIP Group at Cambridgeshire County Council by Councillor Paul Bullen the UKIP Group Leader.
Councillor Dent stated “I have thought long and hard about this decision and it has not been taken lightly. There are many reasons for my decision but I feel that the Conservative Party is no longer the democratic Party that I originally joined. The Conservative Group within Cambridgeshire County Council has made numerous decisions where I feel my and my electorate’s voice has not been heard. A number of decisions that I have been told to accept have been made by those of a louder voice and position of power within the group and, in my opinion, this is not what I or my electorate want. I am joining the UK Independence Party as, I believe, it more closely aligns itself to many of the fundamental policies that I firmly believe in and it does not operate a whip in Cambridgeshire County Council which enables me to properly represent the needs of my constituents”.
UKIP's Group Leader on Cambridgeshire Country Council Cllr Bullen said: "Councillor Dent is a man of principle with high moral standards and that he will be a great asset to the UKIP Group. Furthermore, his decision to leave a party that he has been a member of for most of his life shows how much the Conservative Party has changed."