Two Winchester Tories defect to Lib Dems

Hampshire Chronicle: Keith Wood with Jamie Scott at the New Queens Head in Stanmore Keith Wood with Jamie Scott at the New Queens Head in Stanmore

WINCHESTER City Council has been thrown into turmoil by the defection of two Conservatives to the opposition.

Councillors Jamie Scott and Derek Green, who represent the Stanmore area, have both joined the Liberal Democrats.

The move means that both main parties now have 27 seats with two for Labour and one independent. The council is now with no overall control.

Keith Wood, council leader, said today: “I am disappointed. I am not sure why they have gone. I know Cllr Scott was unhappy for some time because he wanted to seek promotion within the Conservative group.”

Cllr Wood said he intended to carry on as leader. “I said I would do it to the end of this year. To get rid of me there would have to be a vote at Council.”

Cllr Derek Green said: “We’ve have resigned because we are not happy. I would rather not go into it at the moment.”

Cllr Scott was unavailable for comment.

Cllr Chris Pines said: "We don't believe there is a discernible difference between the Tory and Liberal Democrat groups. Both support the present government coalition. We continue to support a council which promotes and implements social justice for all groups in society.

"We differ from them in supporting social rents, promoting the living wage concept, new build based on social rents and creating more apprenticeships for young people."

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11:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

Yves1977 says...

Will they resign and stand for reelection in May? people voted for them as Tories not Lib Dems. Or are both so arrogant that they think the people elected them for themselves????
Will they resign and stand for reelection in May? people voted for them as Tories not Lib Dems. Or are both so arrogant that they think the people elected them for themselves???? Yves1977

7:16pm Wed 22 Jan 14

edwards024 says...

I guess being part of the coalition... they can attend any of the two parties they want!! LOL Not that there's much difference between them. They both resemble the Labour party with similar policies. So this isn't really news.
Maybe your headline should read .... No real change then!
I guess being part of the coalition... they can attend any of the two parties they want!! LOL Not that there's much difference between them. They both resemble the Labour party with similar policies. So this isn't really news. Maybe your headline should read .... No real change then! edwards024

10:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

griffon says...

With all the trouble the Lib Dems are in both nationally and in Hampshire they must have both been pretty desperate
With all the trouble the Lib Dems are in both nationally and in Hampshire they must have both been pretty desperate griffon

11:00am Thu 23 Jan 14

wheresthemoneygone says...

Many people do vote for the local man or woman when they see that they live in the area and are committed to the well-being of the community.However , the councillor may still primarily pursue their political ambitions.This maybe the case with Jamie.His support for rebuilding in the recreation parks and knocking council houses down has gone very badly in the community and people can see him for what he really is.I believe defection may be as a result of this and that he wishes to deflect the previous concerns and present a new image.The Tory Party are also aware of this and it may be a case of jump before you're pushed.I don't know Mr Green but I presume a similar summation could apply to him.

I think It's a bit much when Jamie never has anything to say for himself, he's obliged to.Slippery indeed.
Many people do vote for the local man or woman when they see that they live in the area and are committed to the well-being of the community.However , the councillor may still primarily pursue their political ambitions.This maybe the case with Jamie.His support for rebuilding in the recreation parks and knocking council houses down has gone very badly in the community and people can see him for what he really is.I believe defection may be as a result of this and that he wishes to deflect the previous concerns and present a new image.The Tory Party are also aware of this and it may be a case of jump before you're pushed.I don't know Mr Green but I presume a similar summation could apply to him. I think It's a bit much when Jamie never has anything to say for himself, he's obliged to.Slippery indeed. wheresthemoneygone

5:08pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bosley says...

Look at them the couple of Debenhams clad no marks.

Where have the real leaders gone
Look at them the couple of Debenhams clad no marks. Where have the real leaders gone bosley

7:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

wheresthemoneygone says...

The Tories are probably happy to see them go and the feelings may be mutual. For all we know the Tory leadership may have secretly given their consent and hey presto everyone wins: new images ,new party, Tories gain an extra two seats - overall control.Trojan horses.
The Tories are probably happy to see them go and the feelings may be mutual. For all we know the Tory leadership may have secretly given their consent and hey presto everyone wins: new images ,new party, Tories gain an extra two seats - overall control.Trojan horses. wheresthemoneygone

7:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

wheresthemoneygone says...

And what do leaders have to be dressed in: a big golden hat and ermin cape.You should have been born 600 years ago? You'd have liked that for 1 second.
And what do leaders have to be dressed in: a big golden hat and ermin cape.You should have been born 600 years ago? You'd have liked that for 1 second. wheresthemoneygone

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