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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Shepway Lib Dems rocked by yet more defections

At least two more Lib Dem Councillors have walked this weekend. Following Friday's crisis meeting with the local Lib Dem leadership, Cllr Peter Gane, long serving member for Cheriton and current Mayor of Folkestone and Cllr Sue Wallace of Folkestone Harbour have both taken the decision to leave the Lib Dem groups on Shepway District Council and Folkestone Town Council. The moves reduce the Lib Dems to just 6 seats in Shepway and 7 in Folkestone.

There has not yet been any confirmation from Shepway Lib Dems, and the new status of the councillors is yet to be formally announced. However, rumour has it that Peter Gane has applied to join the Conservatives and Sue Wallace is said to be moving to People First. There are further rumours that another Lib Dem District Councillor will be changing her allegiance as well. To add to the crisis in the Lib Dems, another Town Councillor is said to be likely to resign, forcing a by-election in a marginal ward. I won't name names until the rumours have been substantiated. I don't believe it would be fair on the individuals involved to do so at this stage.

For the time being, it seems that the composition of the local councils is now as follows:

Shepway
Conservative 37
Lib Dem 5
People First 2
Independent 2

Folkestone
Lib Dem 7
Conservative 5
People First 3
Independent 3

I will have further updates once the new alignments have been confirmed.

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