Following the successful public meeting held by UKIP Deputy Leader Mike Hookem MEP in Ventnor last Monday, well known Councillor and local businessman Graham Perks has decided to leave the Conservatives and re-join UKIP.
Councillor Perks is now the sole UKIP councillor sitting on the Isle of Wight Council.
Outlining his reasons for the switch Cllr Perks said:
“I have been thinking about this for some time. The most important thing for me is representing the people of Ventnor.
“I originally joined the Conservatives because I thought this would enable me to get more done for the town, but it has not worked out at all. I now feel that I can do more with a different voice. I have always been known as UKIP since my first term in office, so going back made sense as it gets me out of the ruling group and lets me say more of the things that need to be said to stand up for Ventnor.”
Cllr Perks continued:
“I am also very mindful of the situation regarding Brexit. Theresa May is on the brink of betraying the country to the EU and our MP is backing her to the hilt. I could not in all honesty support this and want to send a message to the government that the will of the people must be listened to. I doubt I will be the last to send her this message!”
Mike Hookem MEP welcomed Cllr Perks back to the party and thanked the audience who attended his meeting on fisheries.
“I had a great evening in Ventnor with a lively debate about both local and national fisheries interests and other issues. I would like to thank Geoff Blake who spoke with the great experience that he has on fishing. I always try to include local people in my meetings even if we are not from the same political persuasion because hearing other voices makes for a good debate.
“I have wanted to speak on the island for some time, as it has always been supportive of what I am trying to do. To top the evening off with Cllr Perks re-joining UKIP was special and shows that the party both locally and nationally is on the rise”.