Former Wolverhampton mayor quits Lib Dems to join Ukip

The former mayor of Wolverhampton and the leader of the city's Liberal Democrats Councillor Malcolm Gwinnett has defected to the UK Independence Party.

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Malcolm Gwinnett, who has defected to Ukip

The long-serving councillor, who has represented Spring Vale since 1990 and served as mayor from 2010 to 2011, accused his former party of having 'forgotten about the people'.

His defection comes just hours before Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg faces Ukip's Nigel Farage in a second televised debate on the European Union.

Mr Farage welcomed Councillor Gwinnett to Ukip today, saying: "Malcolm is not only a former mayor but has proven himself to have great fighting spirit too, having undergone an urgent heart transplant in 2012 and battling his way back to fitness. It also goes to show that we really are attracting members from across the political spectrum."

Councillor Gwinnett said the Liberal Democrats were not in tune with local people on issues such as immigration and high speed rail. He also accused his colleagues in Wolverhampton of letting him down. He took over the leadership of the Lib Dem group on Wolverhampton City Council last May, when predecessor Mike Heap became deputy mayor. But Councillor Gwinnett then found himself de-selected by the party for the upcoming elections.

Councillor Gwinnett said: “They broke an agreement that they would not do the selection until September when I had the all clear from the hospital."

Councillor Gwinnett's defection leaves the Liberal Democrats with just two councillors on Wolverhampton City Council, both of whom also represent Spring Vale.

Read Councillor Gwinnett's piece on why he is joining Ukip here.

Comments for: "Former Wolverhampton mayor quits Lib Dems to join Ukip"

EyePad

Sorry to here you are ill Mr G but I think things are even worse.

You think that USKIP ( new name for last resort of past it councillors) will care for the people of SpringVale?

In the words of Andy Capp "Daft I call it"

'Ship, Off, Jump Sinking' are words that come to mind.

Another 'caring for the people' councillor. Nah, self centred twaddle

funny old world

As a comedian you're wasted on here.

Ricky Tee

#itsourwolverhampton lets take wolverhampton back.

martyn.griffiths.712

A BIG WELCOME TO A GREAT COUNCILLOR INTO U K I P WE OFFER THE BEST CHANCE OF CHANGE IN OUR CITY BY PUTTING BRITAIN FIRST AND SPENDING THE BILLIONS WASTED ON THE E U IN CITIES LIKE OURS.

RATHER THAN STRASBOURG. 54 million quid each and every day wasted on the socialist undemocratic E U expriment that has failed but is still supported by the Tories .Lib Dems and Labour who do not TRUST US THE BRITISH PEOPLE TO HAVE A REFERENDUM

oldrocker

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andyinstoke

Are you not usings caplock because it's on the far left?

PJW Holland

Wise move for Mr. Gwinnett. He has now escaped his own death and also the imminent (final) demise of his old party. A rebirth into a new vital force in the world of politics. Let's face it. The voters are going in that direction. The politicians might as well join them.

Elliot5

At least he's shown his true colours then. Good riddance to you and I wish you many failures in your campaigns.

oh_dearie_me

Yes, hard to see anything else in this move, other than a cynical attempt to keep his seat. UKIP going up (supposedly) and Lib Dems going down (supposedly). I think he should have got the views of the voters first but then again they can deliver their verdict at the ballot box very shortly.

Anyone who seriously expects UKIP to be much different from all the others is probably suffering from blue skies thinking. They can say what they like now - I doubt very much of it would come true if they got elected. And a withdrawal from the EU (or even a renegotiation of terms) would be as far away as ever. But I guess you can fool some of the people all of the time......etc etc etc.

funny old world

The other 3 parties seem to get away with fooling the people, do you agree.

nile_griffith

Lord save us from this cancer that is professional politicians!! Yes Mr Gwinnett, you have made the right choice. Change teams while you at least still have a few chips in your hand to bargain with. Your somewhat "look at me" statement might just be enough to pacify the elderly or befuddled, but for most of the electorate of Wolverhampton it just wreaks of one more snout trying to keep it's place in the trough.

markie

Why cant the guy be given credit for realising the shallowness of Lib Dem thinking. I dont support UKIP but at least they are in touch with the real world..

Graham

Self serving springs to mind

andyinstoke

How can someone be a lib dem for that long and then change to UKIP? He just wants to be on a winning team and clearly has no political idealogy or integrity.

RW1

In Sandwell most of the Tories have been in the Labour -Lib/dems or an Independent party. Not a real Tory in the borough and they will all lose to UKIP

Ricky Tee

Third one after Darke & Shah but they swapped twice!!!! Runarrrround now!