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Controversy over top Tory's defection to Independents continues

By WBMiles  |  Posted: May 15, 2013

The controversy over Mike Eathorne-Gibbons' defection to the Independents is intensifying.

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The controversy surrounding the shock defection of a top Tory to the Independent group at Cornwall Council is intensifying.

Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, previously tipped as a leader of Conservative party in Cornwall, was voted in as a Conservative on May 2 but jumped ship to the Independents ten days later.

The Conservative party called on Mr Eathorne-Gibbons to stand down from his seat in Ladock, St Erme and St Clement and to resign from the Conservative party.

Mr Eathorne-Gibbons has now resigned from the Tories but has no plans to stand down as he claims the votes were for him personally rather than for the Conservative party.

The Conservative party in Cornwall issued a statement which said: "Since the Chairman's earlier statement on the controversy surrounding Cllr Mike Eathorne-Gibbons he has taken the first step by resigning from the Conservative Party and his resignation has been accepted.

“He now needs to take the second step in resigning his seat in Ladock, St Erme and St Clement and let the electorate decide again in a by-election."

Mr Eathorne-Gibbons' defection to the Independents exacerbated the power struggle at County Hall. The Independents and the Liberal Democrats now both have 36 seats and the Conservatives now have 30 so no party has overall control and negotiations as to who will lead the council are ongoing.

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  • josdave  |  May 15 2013, 8:13PM

    It's just the same at Westminster when an MP jumps ship and joins another party. Not one of them has the guts to resign and stand for re-election in the new colours. And I agree with Leo I completely disagree with national party lines interfering with local elections.

  • leolegrande  |  May 15 2013, 11:26AM

    I still fail to see how ANY councillor can represent a political party and the people of Cornwall. There should be no political councillors, how on earth can they honestly do what is best for the Cornish people when ultimately, they must answer to their puppet masters in Westminster. As for this particular councillor, well he was elected by his ward as a member and representative of the tory party. In this particular case, the tory party are correct, he should step down or there should be another election in that ward to see if the electorate still want him to represent their political interests.

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  • NonEmmit  |  May 15 2013, 11:05AM

    Voted for personally, I don't think so. Is that why so many people voted for UKIP, the electorate voted for them personally or was it the national policies? Mr Eathorne-Gibbons you are just proof how 'institutional morally & corrupt' politicians are. Any Politian be it local or national who stands for one party then defects, should by law have to restablish their mandate and stand for re-election.

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  • wringer  |  May 15 2013, 10:48AM

    one reason and one reason only he has done this - power. if the tories had won a majority he would have stayed a tory because then he could have had a seat in the cabinet. they didn't and his only hope of a seat at the top table in the cabinet is by joining the independents. they ought to refuse to have him in their group. there ought to be a law that if you change party then you should have to have an election. come on Mr E-G man up and call the election to prove your point.

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