The chairman of UKIP’s branch in Crawley says he was given a day’s notice before the town’s only UKIP councillor resigned.
Karl Williamson, who defected from the Conservative Party to UKIP, stepped down from his Southgate seat today (Friday August 29).
Chairman Lee Gilroy said: “It wasn’t really a surprise, I felt his work commitment had taken over quite a bit of his time.
“The Conservatives have given him a pretty hard time.”
Mr Gilroy said UKIP would put forward a candidate for the seat and confirmed he would not stand himself.
The leader of Crawley Borough Council’s Conservative Group said Mr Williamson should have resigned sooner.
Cllr Duncan Crow (Con, Furnace Green) added: “When there are already two existing councillors for Southgate, residents would rightly question whether the council spending several thousand pounds of taxpayers money was the right thing to do when the seat comes up again in less than seven months time.”
Mr Gilroy added: “The reason he doesn’t want a by-election is because he knows full well Labour would probably win the election, UKIP would come second and the Conservatives third.
“Is it a waste to have the people of Southgate represented properly? I don’t think it is.”