Resigning Tory hits out at party 'lemmings'

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 May 2014

Tim Marter

Tim Marter

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A SENIOR North Somerset councillor has resigned from the ruling Conservative group after claiming 'a total lack of support' from party colleagues.

Cllr Tim Marter is in his second term representing Banwell and Winscombe on the unitary authority, and has also been serving as the Conservative Whip.

On Tuesday, though, he wrote to senior Tories informing them of his decision to 
resign from both the Conservative Association and the Conservative Group within the council.

In his resignation, Cllr Marter criticised the party’s ‘utterly bizarre’ decision to overlook him as a candidate for the next election in 2015, and what he described as a ‘closed’ Tory hierarchy.

He also hit out at a recent move to install a new layer of senior councillors – and the fact they were allowed to participate in a vote awarding themselves bigger allowances.

Cllr Marter wrote: “I am no longer prepared to be restricted by the ‘closed’ group membership which does not necessarily reflect my constituents’ concerns, and I feel that I am better able to serve my community in an unfettered manner.

“The current leadership is more concerned with ‘self-preservation’ and has cushioned itself from dissent within the group, 
as evidenced in the recent appointment of assistant executive members who voted themselves to be paid to place another layer of ‘lemmings’ surrounding the leader – laughingly without any constitutional authority or responsibility.

“I am saddened that it has come to this but feel I must continue to uphold those values for which I was elected, and I will be considering my options over the coming months.”

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