Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that the County Councilor for Bisley and Painswick, Keith Rippington, has left the Conservatives and joined the party.
On the same day, Heidi Allen, the MP for South Cambridgeshire becomes the newest Liberal Democrat MP - taking our group in the House of Commons up to 19.
Cllr Keith Rippington said: “I have been a supporter of the Conservatives for more than half a century, yet the party I look at now bears no resemblance to the one I joined.
“I have instead decided that the best way I can serve the residents of Bisley and Painswick is to join the one party that truly understands the perils of Brexit and that is standing up for the best interests of Gloucestershire’s citizens.
“I also believe in the Liberal Democrats’ message on the climate emergency, on youth engagement and working across party lines for the good of the county. I look forward to continuing to work for my electorate, focussing on the key issues that affect their daily lives.”
Heidi Allen MP said "I resigned from the Conservatives because I recognised the Party had drifted irreversibly to the right and was more concerned with its own survival than the national interest.
"The party had become utterly unrecognisable, uncompassionate and willing to wreck the economy and peace in Ireland by not just contemplating, but actively courting a No Deal Brexit.
" Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I know that the best way to serve my constituents and country is to join the Liberal Democrats.
"Now is the time to stand shoulder to shoulder with, not just alongside, those I have collaborated and found shared values with."