Further blow for Lib Dems as councillor goes Green

May 29 2015

REDLAND councillor Fi Hance has joined Bristol’s Green Party after defecting from the Liberal Democrats, it has been announced.

REDLAND councillor Fi Hance has joined Bristol’s Green Party after defecting from the Liberal Democrats, it has been announced.

Her decision follows the recent local elections where the Lib Dems lost six seats, and Greens gained seven. She is now one of 14 Green councillors in Bristol.

Hance, who has been representing Redland residents for six years, said: “I have an enormous amount of respect for many of my former colleagues in the Liberal Democrats who work very hard for their local communities.

“Having worked for [former Bristol West MP] Stephen Williams for seven years as a case worker, I came across many vulnerable people, who were having a really horrible time because of the coalition government's cuts.

“It is clear that the Green Party is the only party which is attempting to find an alternative to the dogma of austerity which is harming so many of the most vulnerable people in Bristol.

“I will continue to do my best to represent the people in Redland as their councillor – a job that I love.”

Hance says that she is relieved that the news is now out in the open, and that the response to her decision has not been as bad as she thought.

Bristol’s Green councillors voted unanimously in favour for Hance to join them on the council benches.

Fellow Green Redland ward councillor, Martin Fodor, sald: “I have been impressed with the dedication and knowledge Fi has brought as a local councillor and individual and I look forward to working even closer with her on wider issues over the coming years now we are in the same party and group. We will be a great team here for the people of Redland.

“[We] voted unanimously for Fi to be included in the Green group and we all look forward to making her feel comfortable and ensuring that her transition to our group is as smooth as possible.”