EXCLUSIVE: 'Intellectual Property' Row Conservative Leaves Party to Become a UKIP Candidate.

New UKIP Campaign Manager in Crawley, Mr Darroch

Crawley Conservatives are rumoured to be "cheerful" and that they "could not believe their luck" at the news that a former Council candidate in 2012, Simon Darroch, has sensationally defected to UKIP and would be standing as the UKIP candidate for Maidenbower in next month's local elections, TBG can reveal.

Mr Darroch was the Conservative candidate for Broadfield North in 2012, but it is believed was subsequently removed from their candidates list after "concerns about behaviours", say Tory sources.

Last summer, amid a No Confidence vote in the Chairman and Deputy Chairman, Mr Darroch became embroiled in an 'Intellectual Property' row with Crawley MP Henry Smith. Mr Darroch claimed Mr Smith had been pinching his ideas for three years as well having reneged on a deal struck by PM David Cameron, for them to work together on implementing a document Simon had written about how to 'fix the country'.

A source close to Crawley Conservatives said that they were "cheerful" and "couldn't believe their luck" at the news of Mr Darroch's defection. They were also said to be "primed to deeply embarrass UKIP at a local and national level" if Darroch and Branch Chairman Lee Gilroy, formally become nominated UKIP candidates in the Crawley local elections.