UKIP leader Nigel Farage has arrived in Dudley as he continues his campaign trail ahead of the General Election.
The Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, acted as a sponsor for the new UKIP MP Mark Reckless as he took his seat in Parliament today.
Another East Midlands MP, Stewart Jackson, the Conservative member for Peterborough has tweeted that any Tory MP who defects to UKIP is "frankly insane".
Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, has tweeted that it could be time for UKIP and the Conservatives to work together.
It follows a second Westminster seat for UKIP in yesterday's by-election in Rochester and Strood.
Mr Bone has denied that he is considering defecting to UKIP.
After UKIP claimed its second seat in the House of Commons overnight, the party is looking more likely to claim success in the Midlands next year. Current odds are:
- Boston and Skegness 4/7
- Cannock Chase 11/4
- Dudley North 4/1
- Newcastle-under-Lyne 11/2
- Stoke-on-Trent South 12/1
- Source: oddschecker.com
Dave Small who was elected to Redditch Borough Council during the recent local elections has resigned from the council.
It comes after he was sacked from UKIP for allegedly making racist and homophobic comments online last year.
In a statement the council said:
“We can confirm that today, Dave Small resigned as councillor for the Church Hill ward with immediate effect.
The council will now publish a notice of casual vacancy requiring two local electors to call a by-election. Until that time the council is now made up of 17 Labour, nine Conservative, one UKIP and one Independent councillors.”
UKIP has sacked one of its newly elected councillors in Redditch less than a week since the party made sweeping gains in the local elections, over claims the councillor made racist and homophonic comments on the internet.
Dave Small was elected to Redditch Borough Council last Thursday, where he won a seat in the Church Hill ward, topping the poll with 665 votes.
However, allegations emerged over the weekend Mr Small had referred to gay people as "perverts", and expressed opposition to same sex marriage.
He also predicted that "thousands more scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK from Mali as a result of a range of Coalition Government policies.
Tonight an UKIP official said:
"He [Mr Small] has now been expelled for clearly bringing the party into disrepute"
Dave Small who was elected to Redditch Borough Council in Thursday's elections, will now be investigated amid claims he posted racist and homophobic remarks on social media.
Mr Small won his seat in the Church Hill ward, topping the poll with 665 votes.
A Ukip spokesman said: "Dave Small has been suspended with immediate effect, pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome."
It was reported at the weekend that in February 2013, Mr Small referred to gay people as "perverts" and expressed opposition to gay people being allowed to marry.
It is also alleged that he said that "thousends mor scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK as a result of a range of coalition government policies.
Dave Small, a UKIP councillor in Redditch, has been "suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome" according to a UKIP spokesperson.
It comes after he referred to Romanians as 'scroungers' and gay people as 'perverts'.
In the comments posted on Facebook last year Mr Small also attacked the broadcaster Clare Balding and the singer Elton John.
He was elected to Redditch Borough Council last Friday.
Ukip have selected East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer to run in the Newark by-election triggered by the recent resignation of Tory MP Patrick Mercer.
Mr Helmer, who defected from the Conservatives in 2012, has come under fire for remarks about homosexuality.
He has said that some people find same-sex relationships "distasteful, if not viscerally repugnant".
Ukip leader Nigel Farage also rebuked him for writing a blog that appeared to draw comparison between same-sex marriage and incest.
However Mr Helmer has insisted he is "liberal and tolerant" about homosexuality and has "no interest in telling consenting adults what they may or may not do".