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Kim Power's resignation follows Simon Killane's departure from party
A councillor has resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party just three weeks after joining stating that her experience of the party has been ‘short but not sweet.
Kim Power, who continues to serve as a town councillor for Malmesbury, made the decision to leave the party citing her frustration over the fact that fellow member Simon Killane was not voted to be the next parliamentary candidate in last month’s vote.
Her decision follows an announcement by councillors Simon Killane and Chris Caswill (Chippenham Monkton) that they are resigning from the party.
“Maybe this is a wake-up call for the Lib Dem party to look at their grass roots organisation and their Wiltshire Council leadership before even more dedicated councillors leave the party,” she said in a letter to the Gazette and Herald.
She said today: “I feel very sad that I have had to resign, but I feel I have no choice.”
As reported in The Gazette and Herald last week, Simon Killane, who is a Wiltshire councillor and town councillor for Malmesbury, resigned from the party stating that he had never felt comfortable with party politics.
He also felt that missing out on selection as the Liberal Democrat's prospective parliamentary candidate for North Wiltshire on October 11 was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back.’
The bid to challenge sitting MP James Gray at the next general election was won by aid worker Dr Brian Matthews of Yatton Keynell.
Last week, party leader Jon Hubbard blasted Coun Killane saying: "Simon certainly had no problem with party politics when it came to his election campaign in May this year.
“I will leave people to draw their own conclusions over his motivations for change.”
In response, Coun Killane said: “Kim unfortunately found herself caught up in things that she didn’t like.
“It’s a great shame but it is done and I think she had a lucky escape.
“Jon Hubbard should be seeing this as a wake-up call. He has portrayed me in a very negative light and I know for a fact that other Lib Dem councillors were not happy about his statement about me.
“Jon made the statement that I threw my toys out of the pram; no one believes that.”
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