UKIP’s Northamptonshire leaders have said they hope to fight every county council seat in May’s elections.
County council elections take place on Thursday, May 2, this year, with 57 seats up for grabs.
UKIP say 40 party activists in the county met the party’s East Midlands MEPs Roger Helmer and Derek Clark and UKIP councillors Jonathan Bullock and Alan Pote.
Cllr Bullock, chairman of Kettering and Wellingborough UKIP branch, said the meeting reflected a recent large growth in the number of party members in the county.
He said: “More members have joined, particularly disillusioned Conservatives, and we want to build upon the excellent vote by Jim MacArthur in the Police Commissioner Elections last November which was as high as 25 per cent in some areas.”
Cllr Bullock, who represents Queen Eleanor and Buccleuch ward on Kettering Council, also announced another defection, of former Tory council candidate Jehad Soliman.
It follows Rothwell county councillor Alan Pote’s decision to join the party in October after previously serving as an independent.
Cllr Pote has already been selected to fight the new county council seat of Rothwell and Mawsley for UKIP.
Cllr Bullock added: “We are currently developing our policies but we will certainly stop the funding of a European office by the county council which has cost £1.6m – this money will go to street lights and better roads.”
The Corby and East Northamptonshire branch of UKIP is meeting at 7pm at Weldon Village Hall on Tuesday, February 12, at 7pm.
Peter Reeve, the UKIP Local Government spokesman, will be speaking on the subject of the county council elections.
Branch chairman Fred Parker said “Our party leader Nigel Farage is anxious UKIP fields as many candidates as possible in these elections which he sees as critical to our success in the European and general elections in the future.
“This important meeting is being held to let potential and confirmed candidates know what is involved and why it is so important that we capitalise on our recent successes.”