UPDATE 10/01/16 4pm. I have just spoken to Councillor Chris Wells Leader of Thanet Council who provided me with the following statement
"The UKIP group at TDC have not as yet even discussed the NEC position and remain at least until that discussion without a whip under whatever name".
This may be true, but the fact remains the UKIP NEC have decided to abandon the party's no whip position. But amazingly UKIP councillors are being advised that's its OK to mislead voters about this and pretend that they still don't have a whip. The words hypocrisy and deceit still ring loud in my ears.
- UKIP Manifesto 2015 page 59 http://issuu.com/ukip/docs/theukipmanifesto2015/1?e=16718137/12380620
- There is no announcement on UKIPs website about its NEC’s decision to introduce a whipping systems for its elected councillors
- See leaked UKIP e-mail from Piers Wauchope to Councillor Chris Wells, 4 November 2015 which is attached to this e-mail
- See minutes of Thanet Council meeting 3 December 2015 http://democracy.thanet.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=141&MId=4085