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Councillor resigns from cabinet after complaint
A SOUTH Bucks District councillor has announced he intends to resign from the Conservative party after a complaint was made about his involvement in a recent by-election.
Cllr Bill Lidgate, who also sits on Buckinghamshire County Council, said he has offered his resignation as an executive member of South Bucks District Council. He was cabinet member for the environment.
Mr Lidgate said he will officially hand in his resignation as a conservative party member tomorrow.
He added he intends to continue to represent his ward, which includes Iver Heath and Denham, as an independent councillor at both district and county level.
He said his decision had been prompted by an official complaint to the Beaconsfield Conservatives Council Association from the Iver branch.
BCCA was set to hold a special executive meeting on November 26 to discuss Mr Lidgate's role in independent candidate Sylvie Lowe winning the Iver Heath by-election in August, when she defeated the official conservative candidate, Jacqueline Bryson.
Mr Lidgate said the complaint made his position 'untenable'. He has been a conservative party member for 14 years and a member of the district council's cabinet for 12 years.
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