A Conservative county councillor who defected to the Brexit Party to stand as a general election candidate in Sunderland is stepping down.
Viral Parikh was elected to West Sussex County Council as a Tory for the Bourne division in 2017.
Mr Parikh said he chose to leave the Conservatives because of the way his party had handled Brexit.
He is a pharmacist by trade and studied at Sunderland University, before going on to work in Sunderland and Hartlepool.
When asked if he planned to continue as a county councillor until the general election is called, he said: “Absolutely. Nothing has changed. I will be working for my residents from the opposition.”
But earlier this week he resigned, meaning a by-election will be held for the Bourne division, which is west of Chichester and includes the parishes of Westbourne, Southbourne, Compton, Stoughton, Marden, Chidham & Hambrook and West Thorney.
A date has yet to be announced.