The leader of the Conservative group in Slough has joined UKIP, citing Prime Minister David Cameron as a key reason for her defection.

Diana Coad Diana Coad had represented the Langley St Marys ward on Slough Borough Council since 2007

 

Diana Coad, a Tory supporter for almost 50 years, has represented the Langley St Marys ward on Slough Borough Council since 2007.

She said she had found it “increasingly difficult” to support Mr Cameron.

“It has taken a lot of angst and a lot of crying to come to this decision,” she said.

The Conservative Party has declined to comment.

Councillor Wal Chahal, deputy leader for Slough Conservatives, thanked Mrs Coad for her past contribution and support and wished her well in her new party.

“We are a party made up of local Slough residents, who were born and raised in this town and we will continue to fight for the needs of those who live in Slough,” he added.

Labour-led Slough Borough Council said it was looking into whether Mrs Coad’s resignation on Thursday affected any of the authority’s committees.

‘Crumbling infrastructure’

Mrs Coad, 63, said: “It’s got nothing to do with my former colleagues locally, it’s the party nationally.”

She added: “I’ve been in the wilderness since Cameron was elected. I have tried very hard to support him but I have found it increasingly difficult.

“Our infrastructure is crumbling under the sheer weight of numbers of people in this country, and people are continuing to come,” she said.

“Someone has to address this issue without being called racist.”

She said she had “no issue” with immigrants, adding: “I have friends from every nationality.”

Mrs Coad would have been a Tory supporter for 50 years in March.

“When I was a teenager I used to hand out Conservative leaflets in the East End of London, despite my parents both being Labour supporters. I really have left my political home.”

A UKIP spokesman said the party was “delighted” with her decision.

Transparent seems they have no understanding….

SALFORD COUNCIL REFUSES TO REVEAL PLANNING VIABILITY FIGURES UNDER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

Star date: 30th January 2015

AS SALFORD PEOPLE GET SCREWED FOR £MILLIONS BY DEVELOPERS, VIABILITY FIGURES TO REMAIN SECRET

After the Salford Star had publicised the disgrace of developers getting away with paying £millions in planning obligations for putting up huge blocks of flats, even Salford Council’s Assistant Mayor for Planning called the practice a “public scandal of immense proportions”.

Planners are getting away with it by submitting `viability assessments’ showing their profits won’t be big enough if they had to pay such fees. The Salford Star asked to see one of these `viability assessments’ under the Freedom of Information Act – but Salford Council has refused, stating it’s `in the public interest’ for them to remain secret. You what?

Full details here…