ONE of the most senior figures in the UK Independence Party, David Campbell Bannerman, has defected to the Tories.
Mr Campbell Bannerman, one of UKIP’s 12 MEPs in the European Parliament and deputy leader, lost out to Nigel Farage in a leadership contest in November.
Mr Campbell-Bannerman was a regular face in Thurrock. His campaign was backed by the Thurrock UKIP group.
Thurrock UKIP spokesperson Tim Aker has been working as Mr Campbell-Bannermen’s political assistant but it appears that he was left out of the loop on the MEP’s decision to return to the Tory fold.
Speaking on Twitter, Tim said: “At the moment I feel extremely angry and betrayed”.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Campbell-Bannermen said he had been “impressed” by David Cameron’s leadership while UKIP was beset by “internal fighting” and was not a “credible” political force.
UKIP said the MEP had “put career before principle” and should resign.