The Turners follow son's lead and join UKIP

Adrian Turner, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Ken and Hazel Turner and Bill Etheridge

Adrian Turner, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Ken and Hazel Turner and Bill Etheridge

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HALESOWEN councillors Ken Turner and Hazel Turner have joined UKIP - handing the party two seats on Dudley Council.

The Cradley South and Hayley Green husband and wife team left the Conservatives late last year amid accusations of intimidation and bullying from both sides and will campaign under the UKIP banner from now on.

Cllr Ken Turner said: “Following discussions with friends, family and the local UKIP branch I was pleased to accept membership of Dudley & Halesowen UKIP.

“I am looking forward to representing UKIP within Dudley MBC and helping to take sufficient seats to become the official opposition group after 2012."

He added: “This is an opportunity to explore major regeneration avenues producing vital and necessary funding to maintain and improve services to our residents.

"Service to all of our citizens is paramount in my concerns.”

Ken and Hazel's son Adrian, a former councillor and cabinet member, joined UKIP last week after leaving the Conservatives.

Bill Etheridge, chairman of UKIP’s Dudley and Halesowen Association said: “I am delighted to welcome Councillors Ken and Hazel Turner to our team as well as taking their son Adrian as a candidate for the forthcoming council elections.

“This is another example of how UKIP is becoming more and more relevant at a local level, providing a real viable alternative for people in the West Midlands and indeed across the country."

He added: “Support for the Tories is collapsing and in our area it is becoming a straight choice between Labour and UKIP, with the momentum gathering behind our party.

“The Turners are well known in the Halesowen area as being straight talking and independent minded so joining UKIP seems to be a perfect fit for them.”

Cllr Ken Turner will stand for election in 2015 and Cllr Hazel Turner in 2016 and will sit as UKIP councillors on Dudley Council until then.

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7:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Sam Vimes says...

Rats desert sinking ship. Find flotsam.
Rats desert sinking ship. Find flotsam. Sam Vimes
  • Score: -5

8:51am Tue 14 Jan 14

dudley old boy says...

Find a lifeline.
Find a lifeline. dudley old boy
  • Score: 1

8:31am Fri 17 Jan 14

ukip-halesowen says...

We in UKIP Dudley & Halesowen welcome the Turners to the party great to have them on board an ever growing party, they will have to work hard like the rest of the party's representatives to prove themselves to the community and the party. Just because they are on the council there will be no free ride UKIP Reps are hard workers for all.
If you wish to know more or wish to help out etc then get in touch.
find us on google search, facebook or twitter
We in UKIP Dudley & Halesowen welcome the Turners to the party great to have them on board an ever growing party, they will have to work hard like the rest of the party's representatives to prove themselves to the community and the party. Just because they are on the council there will be no free ride UKIP Reps are hard workers for all. If you wish to know more or wish to help out etc then get in touch. find us on google search, facebook or twitter ukip-halesowen
  • Score: -1

9:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Harry Flashman says...

Thrown out of the Rotary Club, thrown out of the conservative Association...how long before UKIP get wise to his antics and throw him out.
Thrown out of the Rotary Club, thrown out of the conservative Association...how long before UKIP get wise to his antics and throw him out. Harry Flashman
  • Score: 4

10:03am Sun 19 Jan 14

deanperks@live.com says...

Morning Harry I give everyone fair chance and don't judge them on hearsay or rumour. I don't know any of the facts and don't want to really.
Fact is Ken is outspoken and says what he thinks. That's what a lot of people thriving on positions of pointless "power" don't like.
In UKIP we say what needs to be said and are regularly vilified for it by the do good brigade. I'd say the Turners have been UKIP for a long time.
Morning Harry I give everyone fair chance and don't judge them on hearsay or rumour. I don't know any of the facts and don't want to really. Fact is Ken is outspoken and says what he thinks. That's what a lot of people thriving on positions of pointless "power" don't like. In UKIP we say what needs to be said and are regularly vilified for it by the do good brigade. I'd say the Turners have been UKIP for a long time. deanperks@live.com
  • Score: -1

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