Chesterfield’s former mayor has joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) – because he feels “let down” by the three main political parties.
Paul Stone – who served as the town’s 373rd mayor last year – will be the first Councillor to represent the party on Chesterfield Borough Council.
The former independent Cllr, who will serve the communities of Barrow Hill and New Whittington, said: “I already know I have made the right move and I would like to thank everyone for the huge amount of support I have received.
“Like most people today, I am very unhappy with mainstream politics.
“Across north Derbyshire, UKIP has a cross section of members and supporters from all walks of life, which also includes former Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour.
“Just like me, they say they feel let down and are not listened to.”
Cllr Stone, who resigned from the Liberal Democrats in 2012, two years after the party went into coalition with the Conservatives, added he wanted to give local people a greater voice in the council chamber.
A spokesman for UKIP Chesterfield said: “Paul has received huge local and national support.
“A real people person, he has been instrumental in supporting many local projects and issues.”
UKIP, led by Nigel Farage, wants the UK to leave the European Union.
In May, the party made a breakthrough in the European elections, coming first with nearly 30 per cent of the vote.