In The Press » Nov 21st 2011 - Leading young Tory defects to UKIP
Leading young Tory defects to UKIP
'...Leicestershire UKIP MEP Derek Clark welcomes Jakob Whiten ...'
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
Tel: 01604 620064 Fax: 01604 636002
Nov 21, 2011
A leading young Conservative has defected to UKIP.
Jakob Whiten, deputy chairman of Conservative Future in the East Midlands up until last week, has revealed he has joined UKIP.
The 19-year-old, from Leicestershire, said the Conservatives "showed their true colours" earlier this month after enforcing a stringent three-line whip to compel their MPs to vote against the prospect of an EU referendum.
He said: "I entered politics and joined the Conservative Party to help people - I believe being a member of UKIP I can now be honest about the issues that matter most to people."
Leicestershire UKIP MEP Derek Clark said: "We are all delighted to welcome Jakob to UKIP.
"He is the latest in a string of Tories who have come over to UKIP and who are disillusioned with the Conservative Party."
His defection is another example of a notable Conservative member switching allegiance to UKIP and follows names such as former government Chief Whip Lord Hesketh and former Northampton Mayor Colin Lill.
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