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December 22 2015.

Cllr. Laurence Pulling of Newhaven Town Council has taken the decision to leave UKIP and become an independent councillor.

Explaining his decision, Cllr. Pulling said: "I have seen first-hand that party politics has no place at a local level. I was elected by local people on local policies, not national policies and  I believe I can serve our town better without being burdened by a party machine, or be involved in political point scoring.

"I like to think outside the box and will carry on my work trying to improve our town.

"As a councillor for a mere seven months, I am proud of my achievements so far, and there is more in the pipeline. I will endeavour to carry on working hard for the town."

Cllr Pulling says he is happy to work with like-minded councillors at all levels and of all parties.

Cllr. Pulling was elected to Newhaven Town Council in May this year with 744 votes . He was also a branch committee member for UKIP Lewes.

Cllr. Pulling has been working hard to improve Newhaven Town centre. He has set up the Towns Traders Association, which has already hosted the town's first Spooktacular and first Italian market and also initiated gaining two hours free parking in Newhaven.