Essex Lib Dem Councillor Defects to the Conservatives
Conservatives in Essex are celebrating a new addition to their ranks as a Brentwood Lib Dem Councillor has crossed the floor to join the ruling group. Cllr Nigel Clarke who represents the Brentwood West ward on the Council is a well known local businessman with a hair dressing salon in Crown Street.
Cllr Clarke’s switch reduces the Lib Dems from 8 to 7 seats and boosts the Conservatives from 27 to 28, with just one Labour and one Independent Councillor.
Speaking to his local paper Cllr Clarke summed up the mood amongst Lib Dems at present. He said: “I don’t think there is a hope in hell of making any progress, not talking on the doorstep.
“While the Lib Dems are in the coalition, we were getting treated the same here locally. There is just a feeling in the country at the moment.
“There is a frustration at not moving forward, not getting new councillors. That’s what happened with me, they lost one.”
Welcome to the Party Nigel!