It’s the fifth resignation from the party since it took control earlier this year. The council became the first UKIP-controlled authority in the country after elections in May.
All Five UKIP Councillors who resigned from the party are now sitting on the council as members of the Democratic Independent Group (DIG).
The makeup of the Council is now 28 UKIP, 18 Conservative, 4 Labour, 5 DIG and 1 independent
It was reported that disagreements over how the Council should deal with the disposal of Manston Airport led to the resignations.
MANSTON airport was closed in May, just months after it was sold to a group including millionaire Stagecoach boss Ann Gloag for £7 million. The Group had previously agreed prior to the sale, to operate the airport as a going concern, for 2 years, but instead closed it within months and commenced ‘asset stripping’.
This was the first real test for UKIP in local government and they have failed, so far, to take any decisive action to save Manston Airport after being elected on a ‘Save the Airport’ ticket.