Friday, 28 March 2014

Defection Watch: From Tory to Labour in Dumfries and Galloway

Cllr Graeme Tait
A former Conservative councillor has joined the Labour Party in Dumfries and Galloway.  Cllr Graeme Tait (Annandale North ward) gained his seat from Labour in a by-election in November 2012.  In 2013, he was one of seven councillors in Dumfries and Galloway to quit the Conservative group, forming a new Independent Conservative group and resulting in the collapse of the Conservative-SNP administration and its replacement with a new Labour-SNP administration.  Tait said he chose to join Labour now as he felt its "policies and values" were closer to his own than any other party.

The defection restores the original composition of the ward after the May 2012 election - two Conservatives, one Labour and one SNP councillors.  Labour poll well enough to pretty much guarantee themselves one of the ward's four seats, so Tait could easily defend his seat if he chose to stand again under his new colours.

New council composition -
Labour - 15 (+1)
SNP - 10
Conservatives - 8
Independents - 7
Independent Conservatives - 6 (-1)

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