UKIP members elect their new Suffolk county leader

UKIP Lowestoft South Bill Mountford

UKIP Lowestoft South Bill Mountford - Credit: Archant

The UK Independence Party may now be the third-largest group on Suffolk County Council but the nine members are still looking for policies for the next four years.

Lowestoft South councillor Bill Mountford has been elected UKIP group leader with James Crossley, who represents Whitton and Whitehouse in Ipswich, becoming his deputy.

But Mr Mountford accepted that the nature of the party – and the wide geographical spread of its councillors – meant that it was difficult to come up with coherent county-wide policies.

He said: 'We're still working on that.

'I don't know if we'll have them in place by next week.'

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The county's annual meeting, when the cabinet and key committee positions will be decided, is next Thursday, May 23.

Mr Mountford said: 'We were elected by fighting on local issues in our particular parts of the county, so we are still working out our policies on county-wide issues.'

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