Tory man switches allegiance

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A FORMER council leader has joined a party campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union.

David Potts has became a member of United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) after quitting the Conservative Party at the start of this year.

The 29-year-old, who represents the Cleadon and East Boldon ward, will now become South Tyneside’s only Ukip councillor.

Coun Potts said: “The Conservative Party is no longer the party I once loved.

“Modern Tories have sold our country down the river and seem obsessed with being entirely consumed, both socially and economically, by the European machine.

“I believe David Cameron is a spineless Prime Minister and I deeply regret having supported his bid for the party leadership.”

In January, the currency trader claimed he was quitting politics, after he revealed he was an alcoholic.

However, Coun Potts never officially handed in his notice to town hall bosses and became an independent the following month.

He is now one of 24 Ukip councillors in the UK.

He has also been involved in online spats via Twitter.