Borough cllrs resign from Libdems over policies


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8:30 am - May 17th 2012

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ONE of the county’s longest serving councillors and the newly appointed deputy Mayor of Chesterfield have both resigned from the Liberal Democrat party.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Cllr David Stone and deputy Mayor, Cllr Paul Stone – who represent Barrow Hill and New Whittington – have both resigned from the party this week after becoming disillusioned with Lib Dem policies.

Cllr David Stone, himself a former Mayor of Chesterfield, who has served the borough as a councillor for more than half of his life, said: “This has been a very upsetting thing for me to have to do, and I am very proud of what we have achieved in the past.

“But at the end of the day I am in politics for people, not for parties, and unfortunately now we have three parties who don’t put people first.”

… more at Derbyshire Times

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“…………………………………….. and unfortunately now we have three parties who don’t put people first.”

There is nothing more to add.

He’s bang on there. The three big London based parties have completely forgotten people.

I suppose that the “right” thing to do would be to stay and fight for REAL Liberal policies. There are good people doing that, but I can understand the frustration that has led these councillors to do what they have done.

3. David Boothroyd

Some day I will compile a list of all the Liberal Democrat councillors who have defected since the Coalition agreement was signed. It must certainly be in to three figures. They are chronicled on the Indigo Public Affairs blog: http://www.indigopublicaffairs.com/index.php?page=ipa-Blog

4. Planeshift

Putting aside a dislike of the coalition, is it really in the interests of English politics to revert back to a 2 party system?

@4 Democracy is about giving people what they ask for, good and hard.

We have a de facto one party system now, maybe we should get a party that is noticeably different to New Labour/Tories/Lib Dems?

7. Christof_ff

Yesterday a Solihull LibDem councillor defected to the Greens: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-18084815

8. Christof_ff

Yesterday a Solihull LibDem councillor defected to the Greens:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-18084815

@3. What is your estimate of the number of Tory and Labour councillors who have resigned in the last two years?


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