Kipper Councillor Joins The Blues

Cllr Alicia Denny has quit UKIP with immediate effect and joined the ruling Conservative administration on Portsmouth City Council. 

Cllr Denny said, "I am extremely proud to have been one of the first half dozen UK Independence Party members elected to Portsmouth City Council and I believe that, as a group and individually, in a short time we have made a positive contribution to the city’s life."

"However, for myself, I have decided that, following the European Union referendum, I will best be able to represent the people of Portsmouth, and particularly my Copnor residents, by joining the majority Conservative Party and support colleagues in that party in their aspirations for this great city of ours.

"As a passionate believer in democracy, who worked for more than 20 years to achieve a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, I have confidence in Theresa May as a Prime Minister and in Councillor Donna Jones as Leader of the city council that they both have the genuine interests of the people they represent at heart."

Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of the Portsmouth City Council and Conservative Group Leader said, "We are delighted to welcome Alicia to the Conservative Party. Alicia has worked closely with our administration over the last three years and this is a natural step for her following the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union last year. Being one of only three cities in the UK run by the Conservatives means Alicia's membership is a significant one strengthening our position to deliver change."