A CHESTER councillor has switched parties ahead of May’s local elections.
Councillor Richard Lowe, 26, announced the shock news that he has left the Conservative Party and will stand in next month’s local elections in the Garden Quarter ward for The UK Independent Party (UKIP).
“I’ve not joined UKIP just because I’m a disillusioned Tory. I’ve joined because their policies are so much more in tune with my own,” he said.
Cllr Lowe added: “Britain needs to release the shackles imposed by the European Union. Britain needs a party that will tear up the rule book and let the people decide what’s best – not politicians, not bureaucrats.”
Richard, who is originally from Anglesey, moved to Chester after studying law at Keele University and was first elected when he was just 23-years-old.
He was appointed part of the Every Child Matters select panel as a result of his time teaching in a Cheshire secondary school.
He was an initial member of the Prosperity and Regeneration Policy Development Board due to his three years offering support and guidance to small and medium sized businesses.
He added: “I live in the heart of the ward I am contesting and have represented since coming top of the ballot in 2008 and I know the issues.”
Party leader, Nigel Farage, said: “I am delighted that Richard has decided to join the UK Independence Party and know he will be an invaluable asset.
“He is just the latest in a an avalanche of councillors and members from other parties who have seen the light and come over to us.”