From the Watford Observer:
Watford’s Conservative party has been extinguished at borough level after the last Tory councillor has defected to the ruling Liberal Democrat group.
Steve Johnson, who had been the leader of the Conservatives onWatford Borough Council until recently, announced this morning he was crossing the floor due to the national Tory party’s “right wing drift”.
In a statement the Leggatts representative said: “I have become increasingly disappointed by the right-wing drift of Conservative party rhetoric, particularly its attitude to welfare issues. I feel my views are more in tune with the Liberal Democrat part of the coalition, in balancing financial sense with compassion and fairness.
It is also clear to me that locally Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and the Lib Dems are doing a good job of running the council and making sure Watford continues to be a thriving and successful town.
In contrast I feel the other parties offer little in the way of a positive vision for Watford.”
The article goes on to highlights the difficulties and electoral decline of Watford’s Conservatives, meaning that the MP is now the only elected Conservative in the town.
Liberal Democrat Mayor Dorothy Thornhill welcomed Steve to the party:
Steve has been a well-informed and respected voice in the council chamber, in particular on housing issues.
He is also a dedicated and effective ward councillor and I have long felt that his views are more in tune with the Liberal Democrats than with the Conservative party.
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