A highly respected Lib Dem Cllr has left the party in ‘disillusion’ at the Con/Dem coalitions education policies.
Retired University lecturer Graham Walker handed in his resignation explaining he ‘couldn’t continue to defend’ the party line on schools.
Mr Walker, 52, represents Bethel residents in St Austell. He lives in the town with his wife Jenny, who is headmistress of St Columb Minor School.
Graham told CCN: “It wasn’t an easy decision to make and people who know me known I’ve been thinking about it for a while.
“It’s also nothing to do with the party locally. It’s to do with national politics. I’m disillusioned with the whole direction of the Government.
“It’s become very difficult for me to defend their policies.
“My briefing is for schools and education is my thing: if you asked me which issue finally forced me to resign – where do you want to start?
“The EMA, Tuition Fees, Academies, Free Schools; there’s a whole series of things.”
Cllr Walker will be asking voters to re-elect him as an independent, to represent people free of any party whip of Government line.
He explained: “I’ve asked to join the Independent group in council and I’ll be going forward on that basis.”
We tried a couple of Lib Dems, no joy, they’ll probably answer the phone later or after the weekend.