HUNSTANTON: Bird flies the Labour nest
26th March 2013 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
Richard Bird, one of Hunstanton’s three West Norfolk councillors, has resigned from the Labour Party and will now sit as an independent on the borough council.
Mr Bird, of Austin Street, Hunstanton, said: “Over the past two years, I found myself disagreeing about policy with the Labour Party at local level as I have found that, whilst overarching party principles are all very well, ‘one size certainly does not fit all’ within the borough.
“Most recently I could not agree with the Labour Party’s alternative budget that included domestic rate increases. I cannot support tax and spend policies when so many residents I was elected to represent are on fixed incomes.
“As a consequence, I have resigned from the local Labour group and the Labour Party.
“As an independent councillor, I will be concentrating on affordable housing, second home ownership, transport, flood defences, fire and rescue, the needs of the residents and especially the retired, who make up a significant proportion of our coastal population.”