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Labour Councillor defects to Liberal Democrats

by awitherick on 1 April, 2011

One of the few remaining Hertfordshire Labour Councillors has defected to the Liberal Democrats.

Not an April fools, but a real event, with both the Chairman and his wife (an ex-Councillor herself) giving up their Labour Membership.

The former Labour group leader and representative said:

“Today’s Labour Party is not the party I joined fifty years ago. It is now the Liberal Democrats who represent what I came into local politics to achieve – a determined effort to protect local people, promote their interests and consult with them about local issues.”

He made it clear that he was moving to the Liberal Democrats because of the way the party had run the council for the past 17 years. However he was happy to comment on the national political picture, saying “The government have a difficult job to do as a result of the mess left by the previous labour government, and I think they are doing a good job under difficult circumstances. But I’m not moving because of the government, I’m a local politician and I am motivated by doing what I believe is best for the people…”

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