Bournemouth councillor defects from Tories to Independent group to ‘help residents’

Bournemouth Echo: CHANGE: Cllr John Wilson CHANGE: Cllr John Wilson

A BOURNEMOUTH councillor has defected from the Conservatives to the Independent group, claiming it will leave him better placed to help residents.

Cllr John Wilson has resigned from the ruling Conservative group and said his priority was to work for residents in his Boscombe East ward.

He said: “I have been heavily involved in the area for years, long before I became a councillor, and there’s some things I’ve not been happy about.

“The whole idea is to get myself into a situation where I can help people. I want to continue helping people without having to go through policies with other people.

“My priority is to help residents of Boscombe East and help promote the area.”

Cllr Anne Rey, the leader of the Independent group, said: “I’m happy Cllr Wilson is joining us, he will be able to be his own person in the Independent group.”

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4:09pm Thu 27 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Verry interesting.
Verry interesting. pete woodley
  • Score: -1

4:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

A very astute move I suspect and at last it redresses the Council chamber balance following the double-crossing of many Muscliff voters just a few years ago.

Will more Tory Councillors follow in this direction or (UKIP) another?
A very astute move I suspect and at last it redresses the Council chamber balance following the double-crossing of many Muscliff voters just a few years ago. Will more Tory Councillors follow in this direction or (UKIP) another? muscliffman
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

Congratulations to John Wilson for seeing sense, lets hope that he starts a trend. I hope that now he is free of Beesleys control he goes public with the things he is not happy about that prompted his defection.
Congratulations to John Wilson for seeing sense, lets hope that he starts a trend. I hope that now he is free of Beesleys control he goes public with the things he is not happy about that prompted his defection. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 9

6:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

jinglebell says...

I am very surprised but relieved and hope that many many more Councillors will do the same.
I am very surprised but relieved and hope that many many more Councillors will do the same. jinglebell
  • Score: 9

10:38pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Cllr Anne Rey, the leader of the Independent group, said: “I’m happy Cllr Wilson is joining us, he will be able to be his own person in the Independent group.”"..........
........and not be dictated to.
Cllr Anne Rey, the leader of the Independent group, said: “I’m happy Cllr Wilson is joining us, he will be able to be his own person in the Independent group.”".......... ........and not be dictated to. BIGTONE
  • Score: 6

11:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

muscliffman wrote:
A very astute move I suspect and at last it redresses the Council chamber balance following the double-crossing of many Muscliff voters just a few years ago.

Will more Tory Councillors follow in this direction or (UKIP) another?
Surely by your remark, his defection is double-crossing the voters of Boscombe East. Whats the difference?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: A very astute move I suspect and at last it redresses the Council chamber balance following the double-crossing of many Muscliff voters just a few years ago. Will more Tory Councillors follow in this direction or (UKIP) another?[/p][/quote]Surely by your remark, his defection is double-crossing the voters of Boscombe East. Whats the difference? s-pb2
  • Score: 3

11:57pm Thu 27 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

s-pb2 wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
A very astute move I suspect and at last it redresses the Council chamber balance following the double-crossing of many Muscliff voters just a few years ago.

Will more Tory Councillors follow in this direction or (UKIP) another?
Surely by your remark, his defection is double-crossing the voters of Boscombe East. Whats the difference?
In that respect there is no difference apart from time scale. Both defecting Councillor's should have resigned and stood for re-election under their new chosen colours immediately. I have made that point about the defecting Muscliff Councillor in the past.

I was simply observing that the political balance at the Town Hall has ironically been returned to that which Bournemouth voters intended at the last local elections.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: A very astute move I suspect and at last it redresses the Council chamber balance following the double-crossing of many Muscliff voters just a few years ago. Will more Tory Councillors follow in this direction or (UKIP) another?[/p][/quote]Surely by your remark, his defection is double-crossing the voters of Boscombe East. Whats the difference?[/p][/quote]In that respect there is no difference apart from time scale. Both defecting Councillor's should have resigned and stood for re-election under their new chosen colours immediately. I have made that point about the defecting Muscliff Councillor in the past. I was simply observing that the political balance at the Town Hall has ironically been returned to that which Bournemouth voters intended at the last local elections. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

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