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Statement: Cllr Nigel Clarke

January 20, 2012 6:37 PM

Brentwood Liberal Democrats can confirm that Cllr Nigel Clarke, borough councillor for Brentwood West ward, has resigned from the Liberal Democrats and joined the Conservative party.

Clarke was elected as a Liberal Democrat in Brentwood West in May 2010.

Group Leader Cllr David Kendall said

"I am naturally disappointed that Cllr Clarke has made this decision as I believe he has not only let down his friends and colleagues but has also let down the many hundreds of residents in Brentwood West who voted for him in good faith as a Liberal Democrat. I believe that over time he may well come to regret his decision when he realises the local Conservatives are unable to meet his expectations.

"The remaining six members of the Liberal Democrat group remain totally united and focused on holding the Conservatives to account, questioning their decisions and providing constructive opposition".