Kath Nickson is the second councillor in Rochdale to join Nigel Farage’s party, as she wants to honour the results of the 2016 EU referendum. Labour councillor Alan McCarthy also made the switch last week. Cllr Nickson, who represents Balderstone and Kirkholt, said she could not support the Lib Dems’ pro-remain stance.
She said: “The national Lib Dem policy of remaining in the European Union is against what I believe in.
“Three years ago we voted, as a country to leave the EU.
“This democratic decision – having been made – has not been honoured by the Tory government and we are now, I believe, facing either a no deal Brexit or not leaving at all.
“The first will be catastrophic for jobs, the second catastrophic for democracy.”
The Brexit Party now has a recognised group on Rochdale Council for the first time.
Cllr Nickson added she wanted to back Brexit as that is what people in Rochdale voted for in the 2016 referendum.
She said: “The number of people in this borough who turn out at elections is very low. If we can leave Europe and honour the result of the referendum, I can look my constituents in the eye.
“They voted to leave and I am representing them in their decision.”
Cllr Nickson also left the Labour Party in January as she claimed she was “being blocked from doing her job”.
Lib Dem group leader Andy Kelly said: “It sounds like Coun Nixon is a little bit lost politically.
“She clearly had issues with Labour in Rochdale and a few issues with Lib Dem party politics.
“If she has found her political home, then I wish her all the best.”