Viral Parikh announced last Saturday he is now the Brexit Party candidate for Sunderland Central who will stand in any upcoming elections. Mr Parikh, who has represented the Bourne Ward, in Chichester, since 2017, said he wanted leave the Tory Party due to their handling of Brexit. The 40-year-old said: “I am leaving Conservative party because of national politics and our MPs refusing to accept democratic mandate from people.
“Politics needs to be changed and will of the people should be and must be respected.
“I would have never left the Conservative party if Brexit would have been sorted because my heart and values are and will always be Conservative.”
Sunderland backed leaving the EU in the 2016 referendum by 61.3 percent and 82,394 votes, while remain was backed by 38.7 percent with 51,930 votes cast.
Mr Parikh, who is from Mumbai in India and came to Wearside to study, added the money previously allocated for the EU could be spent better elsewhere.
He added: “I am a Brexiteer who believes the UK will prosper and do better outside EU.
“I believe that the money which we give to EU should be rather use in our country for education, local government, NHS, social and health care etc.
“I also believe that we should look at foreign aid and projects like HS2 as we could use that money where it is required the most.”
Mr Parikh is also the third Conservative councillor to leave West Sussex County Council over the past few weeks.
But Andrew Lea, who is now an Independent Conservative, may rejoin the team on January 1 after being suspended for six months.
A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council has confirmed Mr Parikh’s resignation will not result in a by-election.
They told Express.co.uk: “Mr Parikh has formally notified the county council of his resignation from the Conservative group on the council and of his decision to sit as a member of the Brexit Party.
“That change takes effect immediately.
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“This transfer of political affiliation does not trigger a by-election as the council seat occupied by Mr Parikh has not been vacated.
“The member concerned is entitled to retain his seat and his adoption as a prospective parliamentary candidate in another part of the country has no effect on his right to remain as councillor for Bourne.”
The Brexit Party named 50 MP candidates last week as it prepares for a potential general election.
The party will soon reveal candidates for all 650 seats across the UK.
Leader Nigel Farage accused the Tories of turning the country into a “laughing stock on the world stage” due to its failure so far to deliver Brexit.
He said: “With Boris Johnson already watering down Brexit, and looking to bounce the country into an early general election, trust is now the key issue in British politics.
“That’s why we are ready to fight in every seat to secure the Brexit that 17.4m voted for.”
Theresa May quit as Prime Minister after the withdrawal agreement she spent two years working on with the EU was rejected three times by MPs.
The Brexit Party, which only formed in January, has already seen success after winning the EU elections, while the Conservatives finished in fifth place. READ FULL STORY BELOW
Viral Parikh announced last Saturday he is now the Brexit Party candidate for Sunderland Central who will stand in any upcoming elections. Mr Parikh, who has represented the Bourne Ward, in Chichester, since 2017, said he wanted leave the Tory Party due to their handling of Brexit.