In response to the news that former Labour Councillor Leigh Farrow had joined UKIP, a spokesperson for the Labour and Co-operative group said:
Leigh Farrow was removed as a Labour candidate following repeated complaints from council staff and party colleagues of unacceptable behaviour, not for any political reason.
If he wishes to seek election in May for UKIP then that is a matter for him, although we would question whether he agrees with UKIP policy of removing rights in the workplace, such as sick leave, health and safety, maternity leave, paid holidays and more, as well as their support for the privatisation of the NHS.
His defection to UKIP is somewhat surprising as until now Leigh Farrow has been on record as describing UKIP as "racist", "xenophobic", "further to the Right than the Tory Party" and "acting like the BNP."
Unions Together has compiled a list of the UKIP key social policies. This is available at http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/page/s/truth