Following the news that three Tory councillors have joined UKIP, Nigel Farage said he was "excited", "happy" and "pleased" about his party gaining more supporters and momentum.
Three members of the Rutland Anti-Corruption Group of Councillors are joining UKIP at a meeting with party leader Nigel Farage.
Cllr Richard Gale, Cllr David Richardson and Cllr Nick Wainwright will provide the official opposition on the County Council.
UKIP is the obvious choice, as it supports the same ideals as ourselves; those of honesty, integrity, openness and transparency, along with upholding the fundamental principles of democracy. UKIP also does not impose a whip, thus allowing Councillors to exercise their own judgement and vote in line with the wishes of their electorate.
We believe, as does UKIP, that Local Government has to be returned to the people and must no longer rest with the bureaucrats, working too closely with Council Leaderships, bureaucrats who do nothing but use the tools of burdensome bureaucracy, created by them, to suit nothing more than their own agendas and interests and most certainly not those of the people.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has signed a book of condolence for Baroness Thatcher in her hometown Grantham and said the former Prime Minister had "fundamentally changed my life."