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Stafford Borough councillor quits Conservative Party

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

Stafford Borough councillor quits Conservative Party

Lynne Bakker-Collier

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A BOROUGH councillor has quit the Conservative Party to go it alone as an independent.

Lynne Bakker-Collier, who represents Barlaston and Oulton, told the Newsletter today she was representing the ward as an independent councillor as of the start of this month.

When announcing her decision she quoted wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who said "Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party."

“I will be doing what I was voted in to do, which is represent the people,” Councillor Bakker-Collier said.

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“I haven’t made my decision lightly, I have made it over a long time.”

Councillor Bakker-Collier, who runs a dog training business in Oulton Heath, was first elected as a Conservative councillor in 2011. She said she had previously been a life-long Conservative supporter.

She is not the only councillor to resign from their party since 2011 – the start of the current borough council term - however.

In January 2013 Robert Stephens, who represents Milford, stepped down from the Conservatives citing“institutional apathy towards the interests of the taxpayer”.

A month later the borough council’s last remaining Liberal Democrat, Church Eaton councillor Barry Stamp, quit his party saying they had “sold out”. Fellow former Liberal Democrat Chris Baron, who represents Forebridge, severed her ties with the party in July 2012 due to growing concerns the party’s policies were not properly supporting the people that had elected it.

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