Today, he formally resigned as a UKIP member saying he had “no confidence” in Nigel Farage’s party.
He also claimed some members had been unfairly bullied by other colleagues. He now plans to join the Labour Party.
Cllr Barrett said he had been mulling over his future with UKIP for several months.
“For too long I have seen too much negativity within the party and I have lost confidence in their approach towards serving the general public and their needs,” he said.
“The national approach is totally focused on the European referendum and not on their constituents.
“I am not going to give a blow by blow account of recent events with UKIP, needless to say I have no confidence in the party anymore.
“I have friends within UKIP so this will come as a bitter blow to them and I hope they can come to terms with it in time.
“There will be mixed emotions for the voters out there who voted for me and I have this message for them – I am still in office for the next two years and I am not going anywhere.
“No matter what your political preference, my door is always open to serve people in the ward as I was proudly elected to do so.”
Cllr Barrett said he was hopeful that his application to join Labour would be accepted.
His party membership application would have to be approved before there was any possibility of him joining the ruling Labour group at the Guildhall.
He said: “I understand there may be some mixed feelings within the Labour group but I hope they can see I have done enough as a dedicated councillor for the ward and the residents within it.
“I would like to thank my family for their full support during this testing time.”
‘Difficult to fit everything in’
Councillor Richard Barrett has shrugged off criticism over his poor attendance record at full council meetings.
He has missed several meetings in recent months.
He said: “I missed one because of a bereavement and another because I was ill.
“I also work full-time so it is difficult sometimes to fit everything in.
“I do try to concentrate on my ward work and I would like to thank my ward colleague Tom McVie, who I have worked with for the past two years without any disagreement.
“It’s a great pity he is standing down at the next election in May.”
Yet Another Ukip Councillor Quits In Dissillusionment
Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 15/02/2016
is what gives the remaining 10% a bad name!
Yet Another Ukip Councillor Quits In Dissillusionment, Richard Barrett was Ukip’s only Councillor in Hull!
Greg Lance – Watkins
- Richard Barrett caused an upset in the 2014 council elections when he ousted long-serving Labour councillor and former Lord Mayor David Gemmell in the city’s Southcoates East ward.
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