The leader of the Conservatives on Newport council says he's disappointed but understands why his colleague William Routley has defected to UKIP. David Fouweather said:
I'm disappointed that we've lost Bill but I understand his reasons. He remains a friend and always will be and I wish him all the best in his new venture.
Nigel Farage has blamed "open-door immigration" and the state of the M4 motorway for running late to a meeting with Ukip supporters.
As UKIP's Welsh conference begins, the party's hoping to build its support in Wales following recent election successes