The Mayor of Derby Cllr Frank Harwood has joined the Liberal Democrat Group on Derby City Council. He will be standing as the Lib Dem candidate for Oakwood at the local elections in May.
In 2008 he was first elected to the Council as a Liberal Democrat in Oakwood. Later, as Conservative, Frank saw first hand the divisions within the local Conservatives as well as their dictatorial style. As a hard-working councillor who prioritises putting local residents above party politics Frank could no longer abide staying in the Conservative Party, being whipped on every vote and not being able to accurately represent the people of Oakwood or undertake his politically neutral responsibilities as Mayor.
Cllr Frank Harwood said, "I've been on a political journey, and in joining the Lib Dems it feels like I've come home. I have seen with my own eyes what happens when dictatorial politicians get too much power, and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to bring in a committee system, so the Council is back in the hands of Derby people."
Cllr Ruth Skelton, Leader of the Lib Dem Group said, "We welcome Frank. He feels that the Lib Dem group is the best "fit" for him, and so do we. Liberal Democrats are local champions, and always put their residents first. At this election, Oakwood residents have a choice between a local resident with decades of experience who will listen to their concerns, and get things done for the area, or a Conservative stooge who will be controlled by their dictatorial leadership."