Lib Dems gain councillor; Tories lose Dover?

News reaches us that a Conservative councillor on Tory-run Dover District Council has defected to the Liberal Democrats.

We understand this would leave the Conservatives with a minority administration and the possibility of losing control entirely.

Update: The Dover Liberal Democrats site has the full story.

Cllr Paul Dawkins has resigned from the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats. He said: “We need to restore political balance to the Council to make it more responsive to local needs. The Lib Dems will give me the opportunity of working with a committed team, something that I that I have not had previously.”

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  • The situation in Dover is that there are now 3 LibDem councillors, 3 independants, 22 conservatives and 17 Labour.

  • RichardBurr 8th Dec '06 - 10:11pm

    Will the Tories continue to run a minority administration? Are the Independents Conservative inclined or more sympathetic to us? Will you try to work with the Tories or with the opposition Councillors to defeat the current administration?

  • Antony Hook 10th Dec '06 - 7:59pm

    The Independent are ex-Labour Councillors who now sit as Independent Socialists.

    I think the future of the current Tory Cabinet depends on what their next proposed budget looks like.

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