Fareham Tories quit party in a row over leadership

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TWO Tory councillors have quit their party in a row over the leadership of Fareham Borough Council.

Fareham West Cllr Nick Gregory and Fareham North West Cllr David Whittingham resigned from the council’s Conservative group yesterday.

They are now independent councillors.

Cllr Gregory, who first defected to the Tories from the Lib Dems last year in a row over housing, said the catalyst for the resignation was comments made by council leader Sean Woodward over plans for a solar panel farm in Stubbington.

He said: ‘Cllr Woodward said it was shocking and his comment was setting a party line.’

Cllr Whittingham added: ‘It seems to me one man is leading the whole council.’

The two councillors join another independent, Cllr Jack Englefield, to form an independent group.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It has nothing to do with leadership or solar panels.’