Second councillor defects from Tories

Cllr Sylvia Dunn
Cllr Sylvia Dunn

A second Conservative councillor has defected from the party in just one week at Seaford Town Council.

Cllr Sylvia Dunn, representing Seaford South, announced she would be leaving the Conservative Party to become an independent councillor.

This comes just one week after Terry Goodman defected from the Tories to UKIP.

Cllr Dunn said: “Since I became a councillor I have struggled with party politics, keeping the party line and block mindless voting. In fact over the years I have come to realise I am not that politically minded, but instead am community minded and thoroughly enjoy getting involved with community projects, whether it’s beach cleaning, planting trees or stewarding at all the recent wonderful events.

“I do not make decisions lightly, I take my time, and think things through, and did not want to simply walk away when things got tough, so after much deliberation, I have decided to resign from the Conservative group and party.

“In light of recent events that have been brought to councillors’ attention, I feel I can serve the community more effectively as an independent councillor.

“The Conservative party left me shocked by their lack of interaction with the public and more so their inability to take heed of warnings and investigations of the running of the council.

“I very much hoped with a change of leadership, things would start changing for the better; I waited, hoped and tried my hardest to give them every chance to address the issues, the sad thing to say is things got worse. I was ostracised by the party for having my own opinions and voting with my conscience.

“Party politics have damaged this town and the residents deserve a vastly improved democratic process of decision making. We need a new approach to council matters by embracing a more honest and transparent ethos.

“I will continue to work with all councillors for the best for Seaford.”

Lewes Conservative party could not be reached for comment.