Leader and founder of the West Suffolk Independents Party, Simon Cole, has left his party to join the Conservative Group, increasing their total to 19 out of 27 seats.
Councillor Cole, who represents Exning Ward and is also chairman of the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee said, "I have always been a Conservative at heart and have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Conservative administration's policies of investment, growth and their efficiency agenda. I now want to play a more active role by doing it from within the party."
Speaking outside the offices of Forest Heath Council where he welcomed Cllr. Cole, Councillor Lance Stanbury, Chairman of the Conservative Association said, "I am delighted to welcome Simon to the Conservatives at Forest Heath, strengthening our representation in the District. Our party is delivering a huge agenda for change, expanding leisure provision, creating a housing company to build more home, investing in local enterprises and working actively with other agencies to get more jobs in our district. Simon Cole has always supported our agenda for change and his contributions to the development of our policies will be invaluable."