Mrs Joy Reekie , long standing Labour District and Town Councillor for
Witham West has resigned from the Labour Group to join the Liberal
Joy has said:
“For the past two years I have been struggling to reconcile my beliefs, principles and conscience with changes in the Labour Party. I have come to realise that the changes are not in me but that the party has moved away from my fundamental beliefs.
I joined the Labour Party and became a local councillor, to make decisions and changes for and with the local people, to be their voice. I have found this increasingly difficult and have had to disobey the party whip on at least two occasions, for example the housing transfer option. I feel therefore that I have no alternative but to resign my membership of the Labour Party.
I could resign from and take no further part in council matters but I do not feel that I can just give in and therefore have become a member of the Liberal Democrats, where I have been assured that I can vote according to my conscience. I believe my principles and values are more in line with the Liberal Democrats”.
Councillor Reekie was first elected to the former Witham Urban District
Council in 1970! She is a former teacher and has lived in her town for forty