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The Latest Defections from the Lib Dems….!

Cllr Joyce Sortwell

Hot on the heels of another Labour Councillor defecting to the Conservatives comes news of two more Lib Dems crossing over. This time in Eastleigh, base of Lib Dem leadership wannabe Chris Huhne MP.

Cllr Joyce Sortwell of Eastleigh Borough Council has left the ruling Lib Dem group on the Council to join the small Conservative Opposition group. With her has come her husband Cllr Graham Sortwell who is a local Parish Councillor. Both of the Sortwells were welcomed to the party by Hampshire North West MP Sir George Young.

Cllr Joyce Sortwell said, “This has been a big decision for me to take.  I became very disillusioned with the Liberal Democrats and feel that the Conservatives and Maria Hutchings work hard for local people and offer the right ideas for Eastleigh”. Maria Hutchings is the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Eastleigh.

I join with Eastleigh Conservatives in welcoming Cllr Joyce Sortwell and Cllr Graham Sortwell to the party.

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February 26, 2010 - Posted by | National

1 Comment »

  1. She had been expelled from the LibDem group on the council last November so this is not a direct switch from LibDem to Conservative .
    Meanwhile on Cannock Chase DC the Conservative group has slumped to just 7 . So far this year there have been 3 councillors defecting TO the LibDems 1 councillor defecting FROM LibDem to Conservative but followed by a 2nd defection to Independent and 2 more defections to Independent .

    Comment by Mark Senior | February 28, 2010 | Reply


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