Serving councillors invited to join UKIP

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Letters have been sent to serving councillors in the Wellingborough and Rushden area to see if they would consider switching to UKIP.

A number of councillors contacted the Telegraph after receiving the invite from UKIP agent for Wellingborough and Rushden Allan Shipham to switch sides.

His letter says: “If you agree with me and you are not retiring, I would ask you to consider crossing the floor and standing for and supporting UKIP with our campaign.”

A spokesman for UKIP in the East Midlands said this practice was “not unusual” and has proved successful in some areas.