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Liberal Democrat Councillor, Cllr Nigel Clarke, has today crossed the floor to join the Conservative Group on Brentwood Borough Council. Welcome aboard.

Cllr. Clarke said:

“Since being elected as a councillor for Brentwood West in 2010 I have found that it has become increasingly difficult to work for the good of the residents of the ward as a member of the Liberal Democrat Group.

It is for this reason I have decided to join the Conservative Party, and work more closely with the two other Brentwood West ward councillors, Joan Holmes and Will Russell.

I firmly believe that, as a Conservative, I can help my residents more effectively with the issues they raise with me. I have become increasingly aware that I agree far more often than not with the Conservative proposals for the borough and it is for this reason I am resigning from the Liberal Democrat Party and joining the Conservatives today.”

Leader of the Council, Cllr Louise McKinlay, who confirmed she had been in discussion with Nigel for some weeks about him becoming a Conservative, said:

“I am very pleased to be welcoming Nigel into our Group today.  He is a very hard working Councillor with whom I and other members of the group have worked with on several projects and his involvement and ideas have always been constructive. In particular, the proposals he put forward to be included in the town centre parking initiative were excellent. I am now looking forward to working with him as a member of our group.”

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