05:18PM, Friday 04 September 2015
A former Royal Borough councillor who left the Conservative Party and defected to UKIP has announced he is leaving the party.
During his time at UKIP, the 35-year-old recruitment consultant established himself as one of the party’s most senior officials and was a member of its National Executive Committee.
But the Windsor resident said he felt the time was right to take some time out from politics.
He said: “There’s a host of reasons why I left the party but overall the party that I joined in 2012 is different to where it is now in terms of direction.
“The party didn’t do as well as it could have done in the election and I don’t think there’s been a proper post-mortem.
“I’ve dedicated the last eight years of my life to politics and I’d like to concentrate on business and spend time with my family for a while.”
Bursnall also added that he felt UKIP leader Nigel Farage should have stepped down after May’s General Election but maintained the pair had shared a positive relationship.
“He (Farage) was very positive for the most part. We had one or two disagreements towards the end and I felt there should have been a change,” he added.
“But it was a really exhilarating time and seeing the inner workings of a party on the rise was fascinating.”
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.