More later but this morning rumours that have been circulating for days have been confirmed. there are now more 'unofficial Tories (3) in Southport than there are 'official@ (2). Mind you there aren't many of either!
SEFTON’S Conservative party appeared in disarray today after three councillors were suspended and another defected to UKIP.
Former Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Alf Doran, announced he was leaving the party after labelling its treatment of his fellow councillors “absolutely deplorable”.
It came after a statement from the Southport Conservative Association confirmed that Cllr Sir Ron Watson, Cllr David Pearson and Cllr Tom Glover had been suspended from the party for six months each for their “refusal to accept the authority of the executive council as determined within the party constitution”.
Cllr Doran said: “For the first time in 40 years of supporting the Conservative Party, I feel they have a leader who cannot be trusted.”
Cllr Doran, who is not due for re-election as councillor for the Harrington ward, in Formby, until May next year and will become Sefton’s first UKIP councillor, said of the suspensions: “They are the most hard working and honourable gentlemen I have ever met and they have been battling with issues with the highest integrity