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Green Councillor Defects to the Conservatives

Thanks to Conservative Home, which has the following story:

Cllr Phil Hardy, leader of the seven-strong Green Party group on Norfolk County Council, has defected to the Conservatives. He represents Thorpe Hamlet Ward.

The Green Party have 130 councillors. Of course on most councils they have no representation but have clusters here and there. Their strongest areas are Brighton & Hove, which they run, followed by Norwich City Council, then Lancaster. But Norfolk County Council was their fourth largest group and so Cllr Hardy was one of their most senior councillors.

Cllr Hardy is the third defector to the Conservatives on Norfolk County Council this year. (So far…)


December 19, 2011 - Posted by | National


  1. For a moment I thought you were reporting that a Green Coumcillor on Reading Borough Council had defected to the Conservatives!!!!! Now THAT would have been big news as it would have changed the political balance on that authority.

    Given that the Greens are such a Red (Left Wing) party I have to consider any Green defection to the Conservatives, of all parties, with some scepticism and wonder if de-selection or in-fighting is the reason rather than a change in ideology?

    Comment by Steve Foley | December 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi Steve, it is a pertinent question to ask. I never was left wing; I’m a centrist, centre right mainly but of the centre. I’m more of a pragmatist than a subscriber to ideology, and that in itself places me in the centre.

    I became increasingly alone in my views on deficit reduction, on pensions reform and the need for competition in the NHS to modernise it. I have qualifications in project management and Lean/Six Sigma methodology and appreciate how business techniques can reduce costs and improve outcomes simultaneouly.

    That is why I became increasingly isolated and ultimately made the move.

    Best wishes,

    Comment by Phil Hardy | December 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Phil – thanks for commenting and welcome to the Party!!

      Comment by Richard Willis | December 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Fair enough. I have never been centrist but always someone with strong and polarised views. Well to the Right on Social and Moral matters, what I call the “Quality of Life Issues” but slightly Pink on Economic Policies to be honest, prefering Keynes to Mises, Friedman, Rand, Ricardo, Smith etc. That and my being Anti-EU means that I did not fit in at all well in Cameron’s Conservatism (if one can call it by that great party’s name) and have found my home in UKIP.

      Whilst I am against Polution and Over-Population I do NOT have much time for “Green Issues” and reject Cameron’s posturing’s on such matters as mere trappings to get votes, e.g. Cycling to the Commons with a large car behind him carrying his papers, using a helicopter-of all vehicles- to go to see a melting glacier, and the token Wind Generator on his house roof.

      Finally Phil, I hope you are happier and more at peace with yourself and your values in the current Conservative Party than you were with the Greens

      Comment by Steve Foley | December 20, 2011 | Reply

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