Just a short while after he lost the Tory whip, Bob Spink has decided to join UKIP.
Mr Spink told The Telegraph:
"I am delighted to join the Ukip team, helping to fight for Britain's interests in Europe and for better policy on the issues that really matter to people. I have been increasingly disappointed with the Tory Party's failure to be honest with the public on a wide range of issues like pensions, crime, immigration and defence. "Dishonesty over the EU constitution is the Tories' greatest failure. They heap criticism on other parties, but refuse to remove the constitution if they ever get power. The public see this as opportunistic and hypocritical, but sadly, it is typical of Westminster politics. It is little wonder the public hold politicians in such contempt."
Some predicted that Mr Spink would join UKIP but he initially denied it. At 11.14am on 17th March Bob Spink left this comment on ConservativeHome:
"I am a principled Conservative and intend to stand as that at the next election. I can be more influential as an Independent Tory, pushing for stronger policy on pensions, Europe, crime and immigration, and against corruption and bad local planning decisions and I will redouble my fight for local infrastructure and for Castle Point people... no change there then!"