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councillor dual-party membershipDirty Tricks Burgess Hill Councillor Takes Up Dual-Party Membership

11th July 2016
By Peter Chapman

A bit of scandal in Burgess Hill for we have learnt that a current Burgess Hill Town and District Councillor now holds dual-party membership having recently joined the Labour party while still serving for the Conservatives.

Technically, this councillor could become the official opposition on Mid Sussex District Council (Currently 100% Conservative occupied) and claim an extra financial allowance in the role. It would also mean that many committees would need to be rejigged for political balance.

We have noticed that this particular councillor's register of interests - detailing their various political party memberships - has not been updated to reflect the change on the MSDC website, which is a legal requirement.

Why would a councillor choose to become a member of two political parties? It's almost like this is some sort of a dirty trick, with the person hoping to go undetected perhaps?

BHU have made contact with Mid Sussex Disitrict Council to find out what the rules are on dual party membership, how this may affect the political balance across the committees, and to see if they were aware of the councillor in question.

We'll also be asking the Mid-Sussex Conservatives about the bad apple in their ranks and if they permit dual-party membership.

We'll update this story with more information as we get it.

Spread the word: A Conservative Councillor has taken up dual-party membership with the Labour Party, but why?

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Got an opinion on this story? Leave a comment below.....
How do you feel about a councillor becoming a member of two political parties? What is the purpose? Surely you'd just join the Lib Dems in the centre? Why hasn't the councillor in question notified his constituents or the councils about his political change?

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