Former Ukip councillor joins city Conservatives

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A FORMERLY independent councillor has joined the city’s Conservatives.

Fratton councillor Julie Bird has joined Portsmouth’s Conservative group.

The moves comes after cllr Bird left Ukip earlier this year.

Speaking about the move, she said: ‘Having worked closely with the ruling Conservative administration since I was elected in 2014, this move from Ukip to independent to Conservative is a natural one.

‘I was drawn into politics by a strong desire for Britain to have its say on our membership of the European Union, which has now been achieved and I look forward to supporting my colleagues in the months to come as we leave and embrace the wider world.

‘I would also like to place on record my thanks to Cllr Paul Godier my former Independent colleague for his ongoing help and support.’

Cllr Bird was welcomed to the party by leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones.

Cllr Jones said: ‘It’s a pleasure to welcome Julie into the Conservative group on Portsmouth City Council. Julie is an experienced councillor who has worked hard over the past three years to support the Conservative administration, in charge of Portsmouth City Council.

‘Julie will be an asset to our group and we look forward to working together to ensure we are delivering the highest quality public services possible for our city.’