Berwick councillor to abandon Tory party

A self-styled whistleblower on Berwick Town Council has decided to leave the Conservative party and stand as an independent, blaming '˜toxic' party politics.

Saturday, 5th March 2016, 11:02 am
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 12:38 pm
Georgina Hill is to stand as an independent.

Georgina Hill, who, last August, was the subject of a Northumberland County Council standards committee hearing which ruled that she had bullied the town council clerk, made the announcement on Facebook.

Her page, on which she describes herself as ‘a whistleblower, transparency campaigner, standards botherer and represents St Boisils (Tweedmouth) on Berwick Town Council’, states:

‘I will not be renewing my membership of the local Conservative party and will be moving forward as an independent.

‘There are several reasons for this not least the party backing away from the local government reform and transparency agenda, deceit over Europe and failure to address the concerns facing ordinary working class people in Britain today (such as the tax credit fiasco).

‘I will be standing as an independent candidate for Berwick East in the Northumberland County Council elections and I will be able to look residents of Spittal and Tweedmouth in the eye and say that I will fight for their interests, totally unencumbered by (toxic) party politics.’

Councillor Hill resigned as press secretary for Berwick’s Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan in September after becoming embroiled in a heated meeting of Rothbury Parish Council to which police were called.