Eastleigh’s Conservatives have gained an extra seat as Joyce Sortwell, Independent Councillor for West End South has ‘walked the floor’ to join the minority four man group.
Councillor Sortwell was orginally elected to West End South in 2006 as a Liberal Democrat and was also Chairwoman of the Borough Standards Committee but lost the support of the Lib Dems in November after she voted with the Conservatives. At the time Councillor Sortwell said that she was prepared to serve out her time as an independent.
Recently on the BBC Politics show Winchester Lib Dem MP Mark Oaten revealed how he had been tempted to think about joining the Conservative Party.
Eastleigh Borough Council now has:
37 Liberal Democrat councillors