Councillor Mike Price in shock switch from Liberals to Conservative party

SWITCH: Councillor Mike Price - recently appointed Kidderminster Mayor - has joined the Conservative Party from the Liberals.

SWITCH: Councillor Mike Price - recently appointed Kidderminster Mayor - has joined the Conservative Party from the Liberals.

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WYRE Forest councillor Mike Price has defected from the Liberal party to the ruling Conservative group in a shock move just weeks after being appointed Mayor of Kidderminster.

District councillor Mr Price, 62, was unavailable for comment this morning but The Shuttle understands he left the Liberal and Independent group - which is in a strategic alliance with the Tories - following a leadership dispute.

It means the make up of Wyre Forest District Council is now Conservative: 16, Labour: 9, Independent Community and Health Concern (ICHC): 7, UK Independence Party: 5, Independent: 4, Liberal: 1.

It does not change the balance of power, however, as the Conservatives and the Liberal and Independent group - which contains two former Tories in Julian Phillips and John Aston - announced last week they had entered into a 21-member alliance to form a "stable administration" on the 42-member council.

Wyre Forest Conservative group leader Marcus Hart said: "I am delighted to welcome him into the Conservative group from the Liberal group. Mike was a member of the Liberal and Independent group who we have formed an alliance with but I think he feels the Conservative party offers the best deal for the residents of Wyre Forest.

"We had a strong group before and now we have another member and look forward to working with the Liberal and Independent group for the good of Wyre Forest."

Fran Oborski - who is now the council's sole Liberal councillor - said: "People move from one party to another but I do have to say I believe that when people make such a drastic change they owe it to the electorate to stand down and stand again for re-election and let the people of Offmore and Comberton [Mr Price's ward] decide whether they want a Conservative representing them or not."

Mr Hart said: "The reality is Mike is up for re-election next year anyway. Politicians across the political divide have switched parties and inevitably they have to stand for re-election again at some point and if they are a good councillor they will get re-elected."

The move comes just two weeks after Mr Price was appointed Kidderminster Mayor. It also follows an interview in last week's Shuttle when Mr Price praised Mrs Oborski and her late husband Mike, who he described as his "very, very best friend".

He was first elected to the council as a Liberal in 2007.

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1:41pm Tue 17 Jun 14

stour67 says...

And they wonder why people do not bother to vote.
And they wonder why people do not bother to vote. stour67
  • Score: 13

3:15pm Tue 17 Jun 14

sladen54 says...

When this turncoat first got involved with local politics it was with the liberals Anthony Batchelor era , then as a Labour councilor for Lickhill back to the Liberals and now to the Tories, but for how long, next up UKIP?. If Politicians want to jump parties they should stand down and fight a bye election at the cost of there adoptive party and not the tax payer. It proves that all politicians are the same breed they wear a different coloured coat to get elected to get the nose in the trough and boost the ego.
When this turncoat first got involved with local politics it was with the liberals Anthony Batchelor era , then as a Labour councilor for Lickhill back to the Liberals and now to the Tories, but for how long, next up UKIP?. If Politicians want to jump parties they should stand down and fight a bye election at the cost of there adoptive party and not the tax payer. It proves that all politicians are the same breed they wear a different coloured coat to get elected to get the nose in the trough and boost the ego. sladen54
  • Score: 16

4:24pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Gwain the Green Knight says...

Birds of a feather flock together they say ! Nudge, nudge. I expect Mark Garnier's proud as punch !
Birds of a feather flock together they say ! Nudge, nudge. I expect Mark Garnier's proud as punch ! Gwain the Green Knight
  • Score: 14

5:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jon cooper says...

I'm sure Fran Oborski will now enjoy playing political solitaire in the council chamber ... without the need of her ipad ;-)

stour67 says...
"And they wonder why people do not bother to vote".

I 100% agree !!!!
I'm sure Fran Oborski will now enjoy playing political solitaire in the council chamber ... without the need of her ipad ;-) stour67 says... "And they wonder why people do not bother to vote". I 100% agree !!!! jon cooper
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Tue 17 Jun 14

the batshake says...

Councillor Mike Price is a lovely man whose honesty is above reproach, he is the nicest man in the world who everyone thinks is great, I personally can't think of any human being that has ever lived who is better than this prince amongst men. ........... Is that ok mr editor or will you delete this like the other four comments I put up?
Councillor Mike Price is a lovely man whose honesty is above reproach, he is the nicest man in the world who everyone thinks is great, I personally can't think of any human being that has ever lived who is better than this prince amongst men. ........... Is that ok mr editor or will you delete this like the other four comments I put up? the batshake
  • Score: -1

6:41pm Tue 17 Jun 14

willowswyre says...

Councillors shouldn't be allowed to switch party's until they are up for election. People vote for the party and their policies and it's unfair on the electorate who voted for them.
No wonder people won't vote any more. I should imagine Steve Roberts and Mike Oborski are turning in their graves.
Councillors shouldn't be allowed to switch party's until they are up for election. People vote for the party and their policies and it's unfair on the electorate who voted for them. No wonder people won't vote any more. I should imagine Steve Roberts and Mike Oborski are turning in their graves. willowswyre
  • Score: 11

10:09pm Tue 17 Jun 14

emjaypee says...

willowswyre wrote:
Councillors shouldn't be allowed to switch party's until they are up for election. People vote for the party and their policies and it's unfair on the electorate who voted for them.
No wonder people won't vote any more. I should imagine Steve Roberts and Mike Oborski are turning in their graves.
Couldn't agree more I have been putting similar posts on here on this very subject for some time now. Wyre Forest seems to lead the way in turncoat politics.
REMEMBER EVERYONE THEY ARE ALL UP FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT MAY because of boundary changes.... I for one will be reminding folks in the run up to kick out these dishonest, self centred ego trippers.
Election time will soon roll round again.
[quote][p][bold]willowswyre[/bold] wrote: Councillors shouldn't be allowed to switch party's until they are up for election. People vote for the party and their policies and it's unfair on the electorate who voted for them. No wonder people won't vote any more. I should imagine Steve Roberts and Mike Oborski are turning in their graves.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more I have been putting similar posts on here on this very subject for some time now. Wyre Forest seems to lead the way in turncoat politics. REMEMBER EVERYONE THEY ARE ALL UP FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT MAY because of boundary changes.... I for one will be reminding folks in the run up to kick out these dishonest, self centred ego trippers. Election time will soon roll round again. emjaypee
  • Score: 2

11:23pm Tue 17 Jun 14

the batshake says...

My above post is somewhat facetious, the four posts I contributed earlier were deleted by the all powerful editor. I can assure you my comments were in no way supportive of that self serving excuse for a politician.
My above post is somewhat facetious, the four posts I contributed earlier were deleted by the all powerful editor. I can assure you my comments were in no way supportive of that self serving excuse for a politician. the batshake
  • Score: 10

2:24pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Wagtail59 says...

When this happens a blow is dealt to democracy. Inevitably some people do vote for a party or a specific manifesto rather than the individual. Therefore their vote has now been in vain. Sitting as a truly independent may be a somewhat less than satisfactory solution, but joining another party once elected is not in my opinion in the best interests of those who take part in our democracy. The notion that it doesn't matter because there all out elections next year...........not good enough.
When this happens a blow is dealt to democracy. Inevitably some people do vote for a party or a specific manifesto rather than the individual. Therefore their vote has now been in vain. Sitting as a truly independent may be a somewhat less than satisfactory solution, but joining another party once elected is not in my opinion in the best interests of those who take part in our democracy. The notion that it doesn't matter because there all out elections next year...........not good enough. Wagtail59
  • Score: 3

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