Shropshire Star

Ludlow councillor resigns from Shropshire Council Lib Dem group

A senior Liberal Democrat councillor is stepping away from his political group on Shropshire Council because of 'how it is run.'

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Councillor Andy Boddington

The Lib Dem group's leader says the door will remain open to a return for Ludlow councillor Andy Boddington, and moves are afoot to try to keep him on the council's planning committee.

Councillor Boddington says he remains committed to being a councillor, and to the Lib Dems and remains a member of the party. But for the time being at least he will don the 'independent' mantle at Shirehall. He says he will not be bound to follow group decisions or the party whip.

"I feel I need some space away from the group," said Councillor Boddington.

"But I don't want to give a reason for stepping away.

"I am still very committed to the Lib Dems and am an editor of the national Lib Dem Voice, it's just that I won't be on the group any more."

Councillor Boddington, who represents the Ludlow North seat on Shropshire and Ludlow Town Council, was elected to Shropshire Council in 2014.

"I love being a councillor," he said. "And I will still be working hard to represent people, writing my blog and editing."

The Shropshire Star understands that a Conservative councillor announced the news.

Councillor Boddington did not want to give a time scale on making a decision on his future with the group.

"I will see how it goes but it is not necessarily a permanent decision, I do not think it will be forever," he said.

"It is more about how the group is run than any political decisions. It is just time for me to take a break. It won't affect how I represent my ward, because I love being a councillor."

Councillor David Vasmer

Liberal Democrat opposition group leader, Councillor David Vasmer was full of praise for Councillor Boddington and his campaigning work in Ludlow.

"I think Andy took umbrage at a very long meeting," he said.

"He hadn't indicated that's what he wanted to do but perhaps wants more freedom to speak his mind."

He added: "Andy is a valued councillor, who has done a lot. We would certainly welcome him back into the Lib Dem group."

Councillor Boddington's decision changes the political balance on the council and the way seats on committee meetings are allocated.

Councillor Vasmer added: "We are trying to make sure that Councillor Boddington is able to continue to sit on the planning committee as an independent, by reducing the number of our seats.

"Andy has done a fantastic amount, his blog is renowned and he has been a fantastic campaigner for the Lib Dems in Ludlow."