SEATON district and county councillor Jim Knight has announced that he has left the Conservatives to become an Independent.
The decision was prompted by his failure to be nominated as a Conservative councillor for the forthcoming Devon County Council elections.
The Conservatives chose Helen Parr as a candidate for what will be the new Seaton and Colyton Ward following a boundary review.
On Friday afternoon he told Pulman’s View from Seaton & Colyton: “I’ve been asked by lots of people to stand as an Independent [for county council].
“I have given it a lot of thought and, yes, I will stand as an Independent.
“I have given notice to Devon County Council and East Devon District Council that I will go Independent.
“I’m going Independent so that I don’t let the people down who have put their trust in me.”
He has been a member of Devon County Council for eight years.
Full story in Tuesday’s (February 21st) Pulman’s View from Seaton & Colyton.