Elected as a Lib Dem before becoming an independent, Wisbech councillor Dave Patrick on why he’s joined UKIP

21:18 05 January 2015

Lib Dem turned Independent turned UKIP: Councillor Dave Patrick

Lib Dem turned Independent turned UKIP: Councillor Dave Patrick

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Wisbech town and district councillor Dave Patrick – elected on a Lib Dem ticket before becoming an independent - jumped ship again last night by declaring he was to join UKIP.

The Kirkgate ward councillor said: “After much deliberation, I believe UKIP will give me a broader support network whilst still enabling me to maintain my own independent values.

Cllr Patrick added: “UKIP’s constitution allows me to maintain my own personal views of what I think benefits residents best rather than a party line.”

Two years ago he had a public row over an open letter written by UKIP county councillor and branch chairman Alan Lay which he described as “abhorrent and antagonistic”.

Cllr Lay said Cllr Patrick, a taxi driver, had scored “a spectacular own goal by complaining about unlicensed and illegal taxi cab runs in Wisbech by Eastern Europeans” since he it was Lib Dem and Tory policies had that brought many problems – including unlicensed cabs- to the town.

But last night it was all smiles as Cllr Lay welcomed his new recruit to the UKIP ranks.

“He has shown how committed he is to serving his residents and we believe he will be an invaluable hard-working member and dedicated councillor,” said Cllr Lay.

Cllr Patrick added: “I have been shocked to see on Fenland District Council how the Conservatives are made to tow the party line rather than follow their conscience and the best interests of the residents who have elected them.”

There won’t be a by election in his ward because elections for all 39 seats on Fenland Council – and all town council seats- take place in May.

Cllr Patrick first joined both councils in 2010 in a by election caused by the death of long serving councillor Les Simms. He polled more than 50 per cent of the votes, twice the number polled by then county councillor Steve Tierney fighting for a district council seat. Cllr Tierney finally joined Fenland last year after winning the Medworth by election following the expulsion of former mayor Jonathan Farmer after his conviction for a firearms offence.

Ironically Cllr Patrick’s former Lib Dem colleague on the town council, Robert McLaren, announced last month he had joined the Conservatives.

5 comments

  • Sounds like Steve is a bit jumpy over what John Elworthy reports, how very sad he can report it as he see's it (Thank god). You have to stand back look at Fenland Councillors (not all of them) and think, "Oh my god, what a strange bunch of wannabe politicians". Who cares what party they are from you will generally find them in their own shed grinding their own axe's (rather than local people). There has been scandal after scandal after scandal, so no wonder The Wisbech Standard likes to nose around in their affairs, and make what comments it likes about people elected on pathetically low turn outs on slim majorities.

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    daveb123

    Saturday, January 10, 2015

  • Where's the news? We all knew he was going to go to UKIP this time last year! It was obvious. I think Taxi Dave will fit right in with UKIP. He's a UKIP sort of fella. Meanwhile, if I had a pound for every time John Elworthy managed to squeeze in a little dig at me in an unrelated article I reckon I'd be rich enough to buy Constantine House and turn it into a luxury spa.

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    Steve Tierney

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • You didn't read the article before commenting then? It clearly says that his seat is up for election in May so there would be no by-election if he resigned. What would be the point of resigning and leaving the ward with no representation? You say he wouldn't get the same support as a UKIP candidate but polling and election results show that the Lib Dems have nosedived into obscurity whilst UKIP is riding high so actually, he's probably more likely to win as a UKIP candidate than as a Lib Dem candidate. All of which is irrelevant anyway because the only election where you vote for a party and not a person is in the EU elections.

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    Stuart Parr

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • These councillors who jump ship should resign their seats and stand for re-election. He was voted in as a Lib-Dem. UKIP views are very different to Lib-Dem and there is no way that the same demograph would vote for him.

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    Kevin Smith

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • I always thought David Patrick was a silly man, now he has proved it (again)!

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    David Gutteridge

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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