Keynsham town councillor switches from Liberal Democrats to Labour

Published on: 09 Dec 2013

A long-serving Keynsham town councillor has announced he has switched political parties.

Tony Crouch has served terms on the town council as a Liberal Democrat for a total of 14 years since 1991.

But he has now confirmed he has joined the Labour Party, citing disillusionment with the coalition  government and his former party's stance on children's centres and the Citizens Advice Bureau locally.

He said: "It's been a very difficult decision to make as I've been a Liberal Democrat for more than 30 years, but since the general election in 2010 I have become increasingly unhappy."

Mr Crouch's switch means the political make-up of Keynsham Town Council is now seven Conservative councillors, five Labour councillors, one Liberal Democrat councillor, one British National Party councillor and one Independent.

Leader of the Labour group on the town council Roy Staddon said: "We welcome Tony to the Labour Party, both nationally and at branch level, and especially to the Labour group on the town council where his experience and knowledge will be of great assistance."

  • The town council is due to elect a new chairman at its next full council meeting on December 17, following Councillor Gill Hellier's (Independent) decision to step down from the role last month.

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