Liberal Democrat councillor Adam Carew defects to Conservatives

Andrew Carew signs for the Conservative party

Andrew Carew signs for the Conservative party

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ONE of Hampshire's leading Liberal Democrat councillors has defected to the Conservatives, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Adam Carew, a Lib Dem for 30 years, has described the national party as “”utterly shambolic” and claims to have become disillusioned in the wake of the row over university tuition fees.

Now he has crossed the floor at Hampshire County Council, where he has been a member since 2005, and at East Hampshire District Council, where he represents Whitehill and Bordon.

Cllr Carew, who is well known for speaking out on green issues, said last night that the contrast in “professionalism and supportive environment” he had experienced since joining the Tories was “immediately noticeable”.

He said: “This is something which I have thought about long and hard and it hasn't been an easy decision to make. But like many voters, my disillusionment with the party I joined as a 14 year old began when Nick Clegg broke his pledge on tuition fees.

“The Party nationally seems utterly shambolic and has failed to get its message across. The Lib Dems are deeply unpopular and if they don't take action now they risk coming fourth or even being wiped out to their Celtic Fringe in the Euros next year and General Election in 2015.

“I got into politics to stand-up for local people. I come from a Liberal family and have been a Liberal nearly all my life but recent events have been extremely unpleasant and have made me re-evaluate how best I can secure a positive outcome for our town I was elected to serve.

“There are moderates in all parties. My politics have not changed; I was a Liberal, now I am a liberal Conservative. I have met David Cameron and Boris Johnson and think Cameron was absolutely right to bring the Conservatives back to the centre of British politics.”

The leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Hampshire County Council, Keith House, called cllr Carew's decision “regretful” and claimed it was the result of a leadership dispute cllr Carew had had at Whitehill Town Council.

Cllr Carew claimed this was “only a small part of the matter”.

But cllr House added: “I am sad that what is a personal dispute in Whitehill has affected his judgement and I think he will regret his decision sooner rather than later.

“The party, as always, is bigger than the individual and will continue to be a success in Whitehill.”

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4:28pm Tue 9 Jul 13

simaster says...

figures really... the longer you sit on the fence the greater chance of falling off
figures really... the longer you sit on the fence the greater chance of falling off simaster
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4:37pm Tue 9 Jul 13

localnews says...

Banner colour doesn't matter,they're all the same at the end of the day
Banner colour doesn't matter,they're all the same at the end of the day localnews
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4:59pm Tue 9 Jul 13

Linesman says...

Jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

A man who was dedicated to his political beliefs - whatever they were.
Jumping from the frying pan into the fire. A man who was dedicated to his political beliefs - whatever they were. Linesman
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5:14pm Tue 9 Jul 13

elvisimo says...

anything to do with the Lib Dems current popularity. Somewhere behind the Monster Raving Lunatic Party and the Death Dungeons and Taxes Party?
anything to do with the Lib Dems current popularity. Somewhere behind the Monster Raving Lunatic Party and the Death Dungeons and Taxes Party? elvisimo
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Tue 9 Jul 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Same politics different ar&es . !!never mind the b*llocks !
Same politics different ar&es . !!never mind the b*llocks ! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 0

9:31pm Tue 9 Jul 13

He he he says...

30 years as a lib dem who couldn't take 1 main decision that went against him
30 years as a lib dem who couldn't take 1 main decision that went against him He he he
  • Score: 3

9:37pm Tue 9 Jul 13

Dresnez says...

Thing is if I vote LibDem then I am not voting for the Tories in much the same way that if I vote Tory I don't expect the person I vote for to defect to UKIP.

You don't vote for the individual when Party Politics is the name of the game.

Shouldn't his seat be up for re-election. It might make no difference in this case but that is democracy.

What if horror upon horrors he had gone Green or Labour?
Thing is if I vote LibDem then I am not voting for the Tories in much the same way that if I vote Tory I don't expect the person I vote for to defect to UKIP. You don't vote for the individual when Party Politics is the name of the game. Shouldn't his seat be up for re-election. It might make no difference in this case but that is democracy. What if horror upon horrors he had gone Green or Labour? Dresnez
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9:40pm Tue 9 Jul 13

housewife says...

I know quite a lot of the back story to this.
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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
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The Tories will come to regret letting him in.
I know quite a lot of the back story to this. . HA HA HA HA HA HA HA . The Tories will come to regret letting him in. housewife
  • Score: 1

9:42pm Tue 9 Jul 13

Dresnez says...

elvisimo wrote:
anything to do with the Lib Dems current popularity. Somewhere behind the Monster Raving Lunatic Party and the Death Dungeons and Taxes Party?
Some say the Monster Raving Lunatic Party is starting to look good these days.

Oh so many people are really fed up with the 3 main parties, different colour rosettes same policies, they are refusing to vote for any, hence the statement above.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: anything to do with the Lib Dems current popularity. Somewhere behind the Monster Raving Lunatic Party and the Death Dungeons and Taxes Party?[/p][/quote]Some say the Monster Raving Lunatic Party is starting to look good these days. Oh so many people are really fed up with the 3 main parties, different colour rosettes same policies, they are refusing to vote for any, hence the statement above. Dresnez
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10:14pm Tue 9 Jul 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Sensible bloke, quitting when the going is mediocre, N Clegg to follow suit?
Sensible bloke, quitting when the going is mediocre, N Clegg to follow suit? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

8:23am Wed 10 Jul 13

jen1 says...

housewife wrote:
I know quite a lot of the back story to this.
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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
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The Tories will come to regret letting him in.
Oh do tell, please.

Well he's gone from the loopy, limp, dumps, to the evil tories. He defiantly wouldn't ever get my vote.
[quote][p][bold]housewife[/bold] wrote: I know quite a lot of the back story to this. . HA HA HA HA HA HA HA . The Tories will come to regret letting him in.[/p][/quote]Oh do tell, please. Well he's gone from the loopy, limp, dumps, to the evil tories. He defiantly wouldn't ever get my vote. jen1
  • Score: 1

8:48am Wed 10 Jul 13

MarkSenior says...

It is a great shame that he did not come to this decision 2 months ago before duping the voters into electing him as a Lib Dem . the Conservatives who he now says he supports finished a poor third in his division and he has disenfranchised the 1,141 people who voted for a Lib Dem to represent them .
They should sue him for fraud ..
It is a great shame that he did not come to this decision 2 months ago before duping the voters into electing him as a Lib Dem . the Conservatives who he now says he supports finished a poor third in his division and he has disenfranchised the 1,141 people who voted for a Lib Dem to represent them . They should sue him for fraud .. MarkSenior
  • Score: 4

12:04pm Wed 10 Jul 13

kingnotail says...

Defection should automatically trigger a by-election.
Defection should automatically trigger a by-election. kingnotail
  • Score: 3

6:50pm Wed 10 Jul 13

MarkSenior says...

kingnotail wrote:
Defection should automatically trigger a by-election.
Agreed , he did resign in a huff from the Town Council immediately after he lost his bid to be leader of the Lib Dem group . Seems they made a wise decision . I especially like his quote ( before he lost ) " This is a democratic process and members are expected to support their winning colleagues . I hope that those that lose don't take it to heart and try again another day "
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: Defection should automatically trigger a by-election.[/p][/quote]Agreed , he did resign in a huff from the Town Council immediately after he lost his bid to be leader of the Lib Dem group . Seems they made a wise decision . I especially like his quote ( before he lost ) " This is a democratic process and members are expected to support their winning colleagues . I hope that those that lose don't take it to heart and try again another day " MarkSenior
  • Score: 3

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