Rhondda Lib Dem parliamentary candidate quits to stand as independent for council

So Wales Online reports:

A WELSH Liberal Democrat candidate in the recent General Election has quit the party and is now standing as an Independent for his local council.

Paul Wasley, 60, polled 3,309 votes in the Rhondda constituency, coming third with 10.7% of the turnout. The seat was retained by Labour’s Chris Bryant.

Next week, however, Mr Wasley is seeking election as an Independent to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in a by-election. The ward – Cymmer – has no Liberal Democrat candidate.

A spokesman for the Welsh Liberal Democrats said: “Our membership services department say he is no longer a member but they have no letter or reason why he left. It seems he did not want to go through the normal procedures in getting adopted as a candidate for the council by-election. All would-be candidates have to do that, including sitting councillors seeking re-election – even if they have been Parliamentary candidates.”

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One Comment

  • Anthony Aloysius St 13th Jul '10 - 8:10pm

    You inexplicably missed out this bit:
    “A posting by a Liberal Democrat party member on a local web forum in Tonyrefail, where Mr Wasley lives, states: “He decided it would be better to stand as an Independent in the county council election. To do this he had to resign from the party and with regret this was accepted.””

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