Tory councillor defects to UKIP

Councillor Mark Chatburn, who represents Yarm and Kirklevington on Stockton Council, has defected from the Conservatives to join UKIP.

It is difficult to think of a single area where this government has proven itself a success. We see ever rising living costs, with inflation outstripping pay rises in nearly every single month since David Cameron came to power. In addition, employment remains stubbornly high in the North East, with this government appearing to have neither the ideas nor the inclination to tackle this.

– Cllr Mark Chatburn