A second North Norfolk District Councillor has resigned from the Liberal Democrat group and joined the Conservatives, citing concerns over the Council’s management restructuring.
Jolanda Stenton, District Councillor for Briston, announced the move today. Her decision follows the recent controversy surrounding last year’s £1000-a-day Capability Review report and subsequent restructuring at NNDC – which will raise the total annual salary bill for ten senior managers to £881,000 a year. Cllr Nigel Pearce rejoined the Conservatives in August.
Cllr Christopher Cushing, Leader of the Opposition at NNDC, said
I’m delighted to welcome Jolanda to the Conservatives. It is clear that an increasing number of Liberal Democrats share our concerns about the way the Council is being run, and news of an ongoing police investigation into alleged financial crime has done little to boost confidence in the Administration’s competence. I am sure we will see more resignations in the months to come.
Cllr Stenton said:
I’ve found it increasingly difficult to identify with the Lib Dems, ever since the Brexit referendum result which the Party still refuses to accept. More recently, I have been very concerned about the wisdom of conducting an expensive management restructuring right in the middle of a pandemic, when there are far more important priorities. I think it’s a waste of public money. Duncan Baker is an excellent, hard-working MP, and I would like to support him in his work.
Duncan Baker, MP for North Norfolk, commented:
I know Jolanda works incredibly hard for residents and businesses in Briston, and I am pleased to welcome her to the Conservative Group.