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‘I always worked better with the Liberal Democrats’ - former senior Broadland Conservative reveals party switch

PUBLISHED: 15:54 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:10 28 March 2013

Broadland District Council's offices in Thorpe St Andrew

Broadland District Council's offices in Thorpe St Andrew

A former senior Broadland Conservative has pledged to “get back into the thick of it” after switching to the Liberal Democrats today.

Kim Davis, who represents Thorpe St Andrew South East, stepped down from Broadland District Council’s cabinet last November after raising concerns related to a staff restructure.

Mrs Davis, previously known as Davis-Claydon, became an independent member before her move to the Lib Dems.

She said: “I always worked better with the Liberal Democrats. They leave party politics at the door and get on with doing a good job. I want to get back into the thick of it. The fact I can go back onto committees and contribute - I am quite excited by it.”

Nich Starling, Lib Dem group leader, added: “We are delighted to have someone that good, clearly that knowledgeable and has always treated the council as an inclusive thing, where everybody has a contribution to make.”

Mrs Davis’s switch means there are now 32 Conservatives, 13 Liberal Democrats, one Labour member and one vacancy.

A by-election for a seat in Blofield and South Walsham will take place on May 2 following the resignation of Conservative James Carswell.

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