A FIRST Green Party councillor has become part of Bognor Regis Town Council.
David Meagher resigned from the Liberal Democrats to join the Greens four months ahead of the council elections.
Cllr Meagher, one of four councillors in the Orchard ward, had been a Lib Dem member for eight years.
He said: “I joined the Lib Dems because there was no active Green Party in Bognor at the time. They were meant to be a green progressive party who promoted social inclusion and protected the environment.
“However, nothing could be further from the truth.”
He said his misgivings began when Lib Dem national leader Nick Clegg backed student fees.
As for social inclusion, Cllr Meagher, 61, of Glenwood Avenue, said the Lib Dems had supported the coalition on policies which had harmed the most vulnerable people in society.
“My reasons for becoming a councillor were to work towards a better Bognor – not to be a politician – and to support the people of Bognor in their drive to improve their town, further opportunities for local work for local people, promoting local food for local people and building communities which knit together but not at the expense of the environment.”
Cllr Meagher’s decision has altered the 16-strong council’s political make-up. The Tories are the biggest party on six members and the Lib Dems have five.