Brighton and Hove Labour councillor switches to UKIP

Posted On 11 Dec 2014 at 10:00 am

A Brighton and Hove Labour councillor has switched to the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Councillor Leigh Farrow, who represents Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, will take his seat as the first UKIP member of Brighton and Hove City Council this afternoon.

Having won back the formerly safe Labour seat from the Conservatives in the 2011 local elections, Councillor Farrow was deselected earlier this year.

Councillor Leigh Farrow

Councillor Leigh Farrow

The 59-year-old has been selected to stand for his new party in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean at the local elections next May.

He was one of three Labour councillors for the ward. At the local elections next May an NHS manager and physiotherapist Daniel Yates will contest the seat for Labour.

He will be standing alongside existing members Councillor Mo Marsh and Councillor Anne Meadows.

The Labour group leader Councillor Warren Morgan wrote to colleagues this morning to tell them the news.

The Brighton and Hove UKIP chairman Nigel Carter said: “We’re delighted to welcome Leigh who has the same values and concern for the community as UKIP.”

A Labour spokesman said: “Leigh Farrow was removed as a Labour candidate following repeated complaints from council staff and party colleagues of unacceptable behaviour, not for any political reason.

“If he wishes to seek election in May for UKIP then that is a matter for him, although we would question whether he agrees with UKIP policy of removing rights in the workplace, such as sick leave, health and safety, maternity leave, paid holidays and more.

“His defection to UKIP is somewhat surprising as until now Leigh Farrow has been on record as describing UKIP as racist, xenophobic, further to the right than the Tory Party and acting like the BNP.”

  1. feline1 Reply

    “repeated complaints from council staff and party colleagues of unacceptable behaviour”

    It would be interesting to learn what these complaints were. One presumes they are made up otherwise they’d be in the press release and cut-and-paste here.

  2. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Sadly, all one needs to do to attract a complaint is to persist in asking questions when answers are unacceptable or not forthcoming….it seems to me.

    It is hard to have confidence in the validity of the Labour Party’s assertion without evidence. I have always found Cllr Farrow’s performances in council meetings to be worthwhile and valid and he does not just sit there like a cardboard cut-out keeping his mouth shut and voting as he is told to by senior party members.

    We previously read that it was a reaction to being instructed to vote to abolish the Housing Management Consultative Committee that provoked a complaint from Cllr Chaun Wilson….

  3. feline1 Reply

    If the complaints existed, they’d be in the press release (to make it more convincing and give greater impact). Since they aren’t, the most logical conclusion is they are made up and so printing them would be libellous.

    Still though – joining UKIP – what a berk!

  4. Kirk Dickenson Reply

    Congratulations Leigh. I’m sure you have been increasingly aware that Labour are no longer the party of the working class. UKIP are the ‘People’s Army’ & the party of common sense, freedom & democracy!

    I’m sure my UKIP colleagues in Worthing will join me in wishing you all the best in your future with UKIP Brighton.

    Join UKIP & see what you can do to change Britain.

  5. MisterFatty Reply

    Maybe he should stick to farrowing.

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