Cllr Joyce Sortwell of Eastleigh Council has defected from the Lib Dems to the Conservatives.

She says:

“This has been a big decision for me to take. I became very disillusioned with the Liberal Democrats and feel that the Conservatives and Maria Hutchings work hard for local people and offer the right ideas for Eastleigh."

Her husband, a parish councillor, has also defected from the Lib Dems to the Conservatives. Eastleigh is held by the Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne – with a majority over the Conservatives of just 568. However the council still has a big Lib Dem majority.