Cirencester councillor John Hughes resigns due to town becoming too "politically charged"
A CIRENCESTER town councillor has handed in his resignation due to the town becoming too “politically charged”.
John Hughes, who formerly sat on the Beeches ward, told the Standard that politics within Cirencester has become too focused on opposition bashing.
He said: “I don’t think parties have a place in local government full stop. I think it just confuses people.
“You’ve got a Tory over there and a Lib Dem over there and they’re constantly arguing with each other but they’re not taking care of the issue – the issue, whatever it is, is just left.”
He said: “I don’t want to spend all my time arguing, I want to be in a position where I can just talk clearly and be un-biased.
“I’ve always been really interested in communities and my main intention has always been to help people.”
Mr Hughes also said that the CDC Lib Dems were amicable towards his resignation and that there was no bad blood following his departure.
Speaking about Mr Hughes’ reasons for leaving, Cllr Paul Hogkinson, Liberal Democrat leader on CDC, said: “The Lib Dem group on CDC is committed as it always has been to helping and standing up for local people on issues like parking charges, exposing wrongdoing and in fighting against unfair planning decisions which jeopardise the unique nature of the area.”
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