UKIP defector told he could be welcomed back to Leicestershire's Tories.
A councillor who quit the Tories and defected to UKIP has been told he would be welcomed back to the Conservative ranks - if he dropped his “silly policies.”
Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton told his former deputy David Sprason that he would be accepted back by his old party if he renounced his new one.
Coun Sprason was sacked by the Tories at County Hall for giving a frank interview to the Leicester Mercury about his use of a council laptop to watch a pornographic film.
The Conservative Group stripped him of the deputy leader role earlier this year and took his job as cabinet spokesman for adults and communities.
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He then announced he had joined UKIP.
However, during yesterday's full council meeting, Coun Rushton said he was sad and sorry to see his former party colleague “dallying with his hatred of Brussels”.
He said: “If he ever wants to come back to us and is willing to give up some of these silly policies, we would welcome him back.”
After the meeting, Coun Sprason told the Mercury he would be staying put and would not consider returning to the Tories while Coun Rushton was leader.
He said: “It was a throwaway comment, wasn’t it? I now am in a party with common sense.”