FORMER Canvey MP Bob Spink has rejoined Ukip.

Mr Spink said “the time was right” to rejoin the party, although he said he had no plans to stand in an election.

He said: “Ukip is a completely different animal from what existed in 2008 when it was pulling 1.8 per cent of the vote.”

Mr Spink was elected as Conservative MP for Castle Point in 1992 before he lost his seat in 1997, and regained it in 2001. He defected to Ukip in 2008.

He lost his seat again in the 2010 elections to Conservative Rebecca Harris.