A FORMER leader of the Conservatives in Worcester has been elected chairman of the city’s UK Independence Party.

Carl Humphries has been given the task of establishing Ukip as an alternative to the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in Worcester.

Mr Humphries, who left the Conservatives about a year ago after more than 40 years in the party, said he hopes to get Ukip candidates to contest at least half of the city’s seats in next year’s local elections.

He said that a couple of candidates have already expressed an interest in standing as a parliamentary candidate at the next general election which is due in 2015 – assuming the coalition stands the test of time.

He has wasted no time in launching a stinging attack on opposition local parties and MPs.

Mr Humphries, who left the Conservatives as a result of the coalition with the Liberal Democrats because he does not agree with pro-European views, said: “We have got very wimpish Members of Parliament just towing the party line.

“Most of those are local and don’t want to put their heads above the parapet.”

Mr Humphries, who was leader of Worcester’s Conservatives about 20 years ago and represented Claines and All Saints wards, said that while Ukip has often threatened to emerge in the city in the past he is adamant it will happen this time.

As is well-known, the priority of the party is to have a referendum on the country remaining in Europe but Mr Humphries said there are other policies for people to get their teeth into.

“The policies are available for all to see by reference to the Ukip website,” said the 67-year-old retired accountant.

“We are not a racist organisation, never have been and never will be.

“The Conservatives who control Worcester City Council now and the Labour party when they controlled the city council are afraid of disagreeing with their national Government and to my mind are puppets of the Government’s policies and are not promoting the views of the citizens of Worcester.”

Mr Humphries said Ukip plans to hold meetings every couple of months that will be open to party members and the public.

People will be encouraged to debate local and national issues.

Meetings will be advertised in due course.