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Formby residents respond to Doran UKIP defection
18 January 2011

By Stephanie O'Connor

How The Champion reported the story of Cllr Doran's decision to join UKIP last week.

Shocked residents in Formby have warned Councillor Alf Doran he will come to regret his decision to defect his position as a Conservative Councillor to join UKIP.

Last week the Champion reported the Harington ward councillor, and former mayor of Sefton, had announced he had left the Conservative party and signed his allegiance to UKIP, but promised the change would not effect the way he served the community.

However the move has proved to be unpopular amongst Harington ward residents.
Andrew Edwards, from Formby believes Cllr Doran has made a mistake in changing parties. He said: “The Councillor will come to regret his decision.”

And Coucillor Barry Griffiths who lives in Formby told the Champion he had been inundated with complaints from residents who think Cllr Doran should put himself up for re-election as a UKIP candidate.

However, Nick Coulson, also of Formby said: “I do feel that the electorate is asked to vote for an individual not a party.”

But he agreed with the other residents who have called for Cllr Doran to stand as a UKIP candidate.

He added: “Clearly that individual’s party affiliations are an important factor in the electorates decision at the ballot box. I always feel that if an individual wishes to change that affiliation he should volunteer to stand again.

John Lee, from the Southport Party spoke to the Champion about his concerns, he said: ”I despair upon hearing the news of Alf Doran defecting to UKIP. No councillor should have the right to move parties after being elected.“

Some residents have voiced their support for Cllr Doran's decision. Phillip Clulee, a Hightown resident who spent most of his life living in Harington Road Formby said: ”I applaud this tremendously. Like him, I am worried about European influence on this country we should be able to stand up and leave Europe."

What do you think of Councillor Doran's decision? Let us know by contacting 01704 392400 or by sending an email to


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