Cllr Bill Lidgate to resign from Conservatives after by-election complaint

Cllr Bill Lidgate

Cllr Bill Lidgate

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A PROMINENT South Bucks District councillor has announced his intention to resign from the Conservative party after a complaint was made concerning his involvement in a recent by-election.

Cllr Bill Lidgate, who also sits on Buckinghamshire County Council, said today he has offered his resignation as an executive member of SBDC as a result – he had sat as cabinet member for the environment.

He will officially hand in his resignation as a Conservative Party member tomorrow, he added.

For the time being, he said, he intends to continue to represent his ward – Alderbourne, which includes Iver Heath and Denham – as an independent councillor at both district and county, but said he may decide to step down completely in the future.

Cllr Lidgate said in a letter that his decision had been prompted following an official complaint to the Beaconsfield Conservatives Council Association from the Iver branch.

He said BCCA is to hold a special executive meeting on November 26 to discuss Cllr Lidgate’s “involvement” in how independent candidate Sylvie Lowe won the Iver Heath by-election in August, defeating the official conservative candidate, Jacqueline Bryson.

Cllr Lidgate said this complaint had made his position as a Conservative Party member, and therefore as an executive member of SBDC, “untenable”.

Speaking to the Bucks Free Press this afternoon he said: “I’m angry and a bit sad but at the same time I also feel a bit liberated.

“I’m not happy with the way the Iver (Conservative) branch is behaving and that’s where we stand.”

He has been a Conservative Party member for 14 years and a member of SBDC’s cabinet for 12.

In his letter he added his thanks to the council officers with whom he had worked most closely in that time.

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9:26am Wed 31 Oct 12

Darren Hayday says...

I know exactly how you feel Bill. What goes on in these local Conservative branches is shocking. These are the key people that get to really chose who our next MP's are going to be. Not the voters. Yet nothing is done from the top, as they need their loyal foot soldiers to deliver leaflets and knock on door at election times!
I know exactly how you feel Bill. What goes on in these local Conservative branches is shocking. These are the key people that get to really chose who our next MP's are going to be. Not the voters. Yet nothing is done from the top, as they need their loyal foot soldiers to deliver leaflets and knock on door at election times! Darren Hayday
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4:33pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Scarletto says...

Sad to see Bill step away as he was a good supporter. Too many tinpot puffed chested people involved.
Sad to see Bill step away as he was a good supporter. Too many tinpot puffed chested people involved. Scarletto
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5:11pm Wed 31 Oct 12

sparky49 says...

Another bent Tory.
Another bent Tory. sparky49
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