Hunstanton councillor announces UKIP link-up

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A West Norfolk borough and county councillor has announced he will now sit alongside UKIP members, while remaining independent.

The move by Richard Bird comes after an independent group on Norfolk County Council, formed by himself and South Lynn representative Alexandra Kemp last year, was dissolved.

Candidates for the Norfolk County Council Elections May 2013 ENGANL00120130426153630

Candidates for the Norfolk County Council Elections May 2013 ENGANL00120130426153630

Mr Bird, who represents the North Coast division at County Hall and the Hunstanton ward at the borough council, insisted that he was not joining UKIP and claimed he had offers from two other parties to join their ranks.

But he added: “I’m pleased they’re taking me on and I’m very pleased to be able to stay on the committees I’m interested in.”

Mr Bird is currently a member of the county’s environment, development and transport and economic committees, as well as bodies looking at flooding and broadband issues.

He said he also intends to press ahead with the project to create a new coastal path linking Lynn with Hunstanton.

Miss Kemp said she had enjoyed working with Mr Bird and wished him well, but admitted there had been differences of opinion on issues such as health and transport.

She said she would continue to speak out on key issues in her division, adding: “One of the chief privileges of being independent is that you can speak freely on issues you know to be wrong.”