Top Cornwall Conservative councillor defects to Lib Dems

Jeremy Rowe’s blog has the news:

Jan Powell, the widely respected Chair of Cornwall Council’s Health Committee, has joined the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall. This has been as a result of the continuing disintegration of the Tory-led administration at the Council and also the work the Lib Dems have been doing locally and nationally to protect the NHS from Andrew Lansley’s controversial ‘reforms’.

Jeremy reproduces Jan’s letter explaining her decision, which concludes:

There has to be openness and transparency in everything we do and consultation must mean exactly that. Over the last 12 months there has been a marked contrast between the behind-closed-doors approach of Cornwall’s Tory leadership and the open-minded, people people-first outlook of the Council’s Liberal Democrats.

The people of Cornwall rightly expect us to do our best to protect the services they value so highly and I’m very much looking forward to making a start on the vital work needed to put things right at County Hall. There are particular concerns over the Tory proposals for the NHS and I have been impressed with the Liberal Democrat drive for a fundamental rethink. The whole issue requires careful and structured scrutiny with proper emphasis to protect – not privatise – our world-respected National Health Service.

Welcome, Jan, to the Liberal Democrats.

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2 Comments

  • ” to protect the NHS from Andrew Lansley’s controversial ‘reforms’.”

    Surely that should read to protect the NHS from Andrew Lansley’s and Paul Burstow’s controversial ‘reforms’. After all a quick read of his comments on here show he was fully in agreement with them.

  • Cheltenham Robin 18th Jun '11 - 7:40pm

    It always seems to be ‘Top’ councillors that defect.

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