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Comment from our Local Party Chair on the departure of Gary Johnson, former Councillor for Thatcham Central.

March 1, 2017 4:50 PM

On Tuesday, we learned that former Thatcham Liberal Democrat Mayor, Gary Johnson, has joined UKIP.

Asked for his reaction as Chair of Newbury and West Berkshire Lib Dems, Tony Vickers told the Newbury Weekly News (NWN):

"The news was no surprise to me. Gary resigned from the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 election and cited our policy on the EU as the reason. This shows more integrity than our MP, who seems happy to help implement UKIP's manifesto while at the same time admitting it will be worse for his country and his constituents than remaining in the EU - which he still believes in! [Read more]

"I wish Gary well. I fundamentally disagree with him on this issue but politicians need to do what they believe in: lead not follow."

The report will appear in the NWN, Thursday 2nd March, 2017.

Tony Vickers, Lt Col (Ret’d) Newbury

Tony Vickers - Chair of Newbury and West Berkshire Liberal Democrats