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Oadby Tory Councillor Quits Party

May 3, 2017 1:52 PM

Oadby & Wigston BC Offices (© Copyright Mat Fascione and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0)There is one less Conservative councillor in Oadby and Wigston this morning, after one of their group left Theresa May's party and went Independent.

The first that most residents knew about the change was when Oadby Grange councillor Teck Khong's details were changed on the council's web site.

This is more bad news for the embattled local Conservatives: they are now down to just 5 councillors and only a few days ago were hit by the news that their Tory MP was not staying around to fight the General Election.

Cllr. Khong has a history of associating himself on Twitter with controverisal remarks on religion. He also suggested rationing the NHS: implyng some health services would be privatised,

The split is not the first in recent times. Less than 5 years ago, half the Conservative group left due to "lack of support."

Oadby councillor Jeffrey Kaufman commented, "This must be a huge blow to local Tories - the timing couldn't be worse with voters going to the polls tomorrow to choose new County Councillors.

"The Conservatives have managed to lose an MP and a councillor in less than a week. If they can't organise locally in Oadby and Wigston, what chance do they have sorting out the mess of the Brexit negotiations and the funding crisis in schools and hospitals?"

The reasons behind the latest split remain unclear. More news when we have it.