Break away Councillor Chris Edge wants back in with Merton Conservatives

Wimbledon Guardian: Councillor Chris Edge Councillor Chris Edge

An independent councillor has distanced himself from the Merton coalition in a bid to return to the Tories just months before the elections.

Councillor Chris Edge is 'considering his options' and 'would prefer to return' to the Conservative fold after leaving the coalition on Monday.

Coun Edge stands as an independent candidate in the Dundonald ward in Wimbledon after being suspended from the Conservatives in May following a dispute over the election of Councillor Krystal Miller as the borough's Mayor.

He left the party and has stood as an independent candidate ever since.

Coun Edge said: "My preference would be as a Conservative because I am a Conservative.

"Whatever may have happened or not happened I remain a Conservative - I am not going to join the Liberals or anything."

He went on to say that nothing would be decided until the end of the month.

Merton Coalition was formed when four former Conservative councillors, Suzanne Evans, Richard Hilton Rod and Linda Scott left to join UKIP following the acrimonious mayor making meeting.

The quartet, alongside Coun Edge formed the coalition as a voting block last summer following the scism.

UKIP leader Coun Suzanne Evans said: "Chris has been considering his position for quite some time.

"We are a great supporter of Chris and I hope he is Mayor next year, he deserves it. I would support him if he wants to do it.

"I wouldn't blame him for going back, he has my blessing."

 

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8:35am Fri 10 Jan 14

Randyrain says...

No decision until the end of the month? I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG!!!
No decision until the end of the month? I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG!!! Randyrain

11:47am Fri 10 Jan 14

Anthony F says...

Cllr Linda Scott is not a UKIP councillor, but an independent member of the "Merton Coalition" (as Chris Edge was).
Cllr Linda Scott is not a UKIP councillor, but an independent member of the "Merton Coalition" (as Chris Edge was). Anthony F

9:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

Mordenman says...

Tories, ex tories and deluded little Englanders, all arguing with each other.
Whatever happened to the idea that Councillors were there to serve the community?
Tories, ex tories and deluded little Englanders, all arguing with each other. Whatever happened to the idea that Councillors were there to serve the community? Mordenman

2:35pm Thu 16 Jan 14

chris_edge says...

Mordenman wrote:
Tories, ex tories and deluded little Englanders, all arguing with each other.
Whatever happened to the idea that Councillors were there to serve the community?
Actually I do server the community and always have, regardless what you may think or say.

Are you the morden man recently in Court?

Cllr Chris Edge
[quote][p][bold]Mordenman[/bold] wrote: Tories, ex tories and deluded little Englanders, all arguing with each other. Whatever happened to the idea that Councillors were there to serve the community?[/p][/quote]Actually I do server the community and always have, regardless what you may think or say. Are you the morden man recently in Court? Cllr Chris Edge chris_edge

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