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Labour councillor defects to Lib Dems because Labour has abandoned the union

August 13, 2019 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

South Lanarkshire councillor Fiona Dryburgh has today announced she has resigned from the Labour party and joined the Scottish Liberal Democrats because of her "vehement" opposition to Scottish independence, Labour's weak stance on Brexit and its failure to address antisemitism in the party.

Cllr Dryburgh said

"My politics have not altered but the Labour Party has now moved to a place where I can no longer support them. I am vehemently opposed to Scottish independence and I firmly believe that Britain is better off in the EU. As a result I have now found a new home within the Liberal Democrats.

"I am proud to join a progressive party and naturally will continue to support my constituents to the best of my ability, as I have done for more than two years."

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie added:

"Fiona will be a great addition to our growing group of councillors in South Lanarkshire. She joins the many former Labour members who are proud to call themselves Liberal Democrats and she is representative of thousands of former Labour voters who are now backing the Liberal Democrats. They have been offended by Labour's decision to abandon Scotland in the UK and the EU. We are now their political home."