Conservative councillor joins the Liberal Democrats

Focus on the Ladden-Frome area reports:

Councillor Sarah Turley (Boyd Valley) has left South Gloucestershire’s ruling Conservative group and joined the Liberal Democrats.

Sarah says, “When I stood for election last year I was determined to stand up for my local community. Unfortunately, over the last year I have found that my work has been undermined by members of the Conservative group on the Council.”

“In particular, when I wanted to speak up on behalf of local residents against the in-vessel composter, I was discouraged from doing so. At the same time I have worked closely with community campaigners, many of whom are members of the local Liberal Democrats, and this is the way that I want to work.”

“I look forward to working alongside local MP Steve Webb and Cllr Marilyn Palmer in standing up for the people of Boyd Valley over the coming years”.

Lib Dem council group leader Ruth Davis greeted her new colleague warmly, saying, “We very much welcome Sarah to the team. She is a very capable and respected councillor and shares our commitment to the environment and to standing up for her local community.”

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6 Comments

  • Lib Dems campaign with Nimbys against environmentally friendly activities and Tory joins them.

    Perhaps she would have been better staying put.

    How can Liberals be against composting?

  • Mark – you are correct about this issue from what I’ve heard.

  • Defections in all directions happen, but within a week of being elected… what caused them to change there mind so suddenly?

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