Portsmouth councillor '˜discussed Tory move over crumpets with council leader'

A COUNCILLOR stepping down at tomorrow's local elections says he has '˜no confidence' in any political party '“ despite being accused of wanting to join the Tories.

Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 10:33 am
Councillor Donna Jones claims Cllr Gray met her for crumpets to discuss a possible move to the Tory group on Portsmouth City Council

Cllr Aiden Gray announced his resignation from the Labour Party on Twitter at the weekend, saying it ‘continues to move away from values I hold dear’ and ‘no longer speaks for me’.

Cllr Gray was elected a Lib Dem in 2012 in Portsmouth’s Cosham ward but quit to join Labour. Yet Tory council leader Donna Jones yesterday tweeted that Cllr Gray had become ‘friends’ with the Lib Dems again – despite ‘eating crumpets in my kitchen a few weeks ago talking about joining us’.

But Cllr Gray says he’s decided not to join another party – but has been helping the Lib Dems’ election campaign.

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He said: ‘No-one has my full confidence.

‘Lib Dem Councillor Matthew Winnington is a personal friend of mine, so I have been giving him a bit of help in his campaign.’