A CASTLE Point councillor has defected to the Conservative Party, claiming that UKIP has “served its purpose”.
Cllr Paul Varker, who represents Victoria ward, made the move from UKIP to the Conservatives last week.
Explaining the switch, he said: “There is little point sitting on the sidelines watching others make the important decisions in Castle Point.
“I am grateful to my former UKIP colleagues for their past support but after the successful Brexit vote I feel that their party has served its purpose.”
Cllr Varker’s defection means the Conservatives have increased their majority on the council to eight over the Canvey Island Independent Party.
Council leader Cllr Colin Riley said: “We have been impressed by the professional manner in which Paul has conducted himself both within the council chamber and whilst supporting his residents and feel that his decision to join the lead Conservative group at Castle Point Council is a real benefit for both our party and the council itself.”