Cllr Laurence Pulling, of Newhaven Town Council, has taken the decision to leave UKIP and become an independent councillor.
Cllr Pulling was elected in May with 744 votes. Since the election, he has been working hard to improve Newhaven Town centre, setting up the town traders association which hosted the town’s first Spooktacular and Italian Market events earlier this year.
He said: “I have seen first-hand that party politics has no place at a local level. I was elected by local people on local policies, not national policies.
“I believe I can serve our town better without being burdened by a party machine, nor be involved in political point scoring.
“I think outside the box and will carry on my work to improve our town. As a councillor for a mere seven months, I am proud of my achievements so far; and there is more in the pipeline.
“I will endeavour to carry on working hard for the town.”
Cllr Pulling, who was also a branch committee member for UKIP Lewes, is happy to work with like-minded councillors at all levels and of all parties.
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