UKIP MEP and Aveley councillor, Tim Aker has been threatened with expulsion from UKIP unless he leaves the newly launched Thurrock Independents.
Sixteen Ukip councillors left Ukip and formed a group called the Thurrock Independents.
Tim Aker remained a UKIP but identified himself as a Thurrock Independent councillor. He is also the only one who seems to be referring to the Thurrock Independents as a party as opposed to a group.
Cllr Aker is up for re-election in May in Aveley and Uplands. As it stood, there was the possibility of a bizarre situation where UKIP could put a candidate against Tim Aker on May 3rd.
But perhaps UKIP had thought of that and put out a statement.
A UKIP spokesperson said: “A letter has been sent to Tim asking him to close down the newly formed party as he is in breach of the party rules. If this does not happen, the issue will be raised at the next NEC meeting and he along with any other party member who are in the same situation will be expelled from the part.
Mr Aker has and continues to argue that his role as a Thurrock Independent councillor does not conflict with his role as a UKIP MEP.
He said: “Thurrock Independents is a local political party prioritising the needs of Thurrock residents on Thurrock Council, while not engaging in national party politics.
“There is no conflict with my role as a UKIP MEP within the European Parliament. There are rules (4.4.1) within the UKIP Constitution to allow this to happen.
“I hope UKIP make the sensible decision, it seems silly to needlessly weaken its position in the European Parliament. I will always put the needs of the local residents that elected me before the demands of national political parties.”