Senior Dorset & Weymouth Councillor leaves the Labour Party

Senior Dorset & Weymouth Councillor leaves the Labour Party

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:03pm 3rd October 2019.

Cllr Kate Wheller has announced she will go forward as an Independent member.

She's said it's due to decisions being made by the party at a national level.

In her announcement letter she writes:

"Leaving the Labour Party doesn't change my principles but it enables me to concentrate on the needs of the community without the distraction of national and local politicking.

"I do not wish to hurt the Labour Party in any way.  Many members are friends whom I respect.   

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"However, I can no longer stand by and watch when at national level the party obfuscates while the future of Britain lies in the balance and cries out for strong, principled leadership.

"Nor can I ignore the fact that when the Tory leadership of the former Weymouth and Portland Borough Council was riding rough-shod over the wishes of the people of the town the South Dorset Labour Party failed to grasp the chance to gain more seats."

Ms Wheller added that the decision might not be permanent and that it is her personal values that will guide her future political decisions:

 "This action gives me no pleasure and it may not be forever. 

"My core values and beliefs in working to create a fairer society where people of all backgrounds and ethnicities have equal opportunities have not changed.  These are the values I have believed in and fought for all my life and they remain as strong."

Photo of Kate Wheller and maverick designer at the pump track

She said the Leader and Deputy Leader of Dorset Council, Cllr Spencer Flower and Cllr Peter Wharf, have assured her of their continued support of her role as Chairman of the Harbours Committee and other positions.  

"I am grateful to them both for the understanding they have shown as I came to my decision, which allows me especially to continue the work now under way to benefit harbour users in Weymouth , Bridport and Lyme Regis."

Kate Wheller thanked voters for the support they have shown and said encourages continued support and as I go forward as "as a truly independent" independent.