A THIRD member of the independent group on Scarborough Borough Council has crossed the floor to the Tories.
Councillor Penny Marsden has announced she will stand as a Conservative at the forthcoming council elections in May.
She is the third councillor to do so in as many months as her switch follows the recent defections of Whitby councillor’s Dorothy Clegg and Sandra Turner.
Coun Marsden has represented Scarborough’s Weaponness Ward as an Independent for the past eight years and is the Rainbow Cabinet member with responsibility for human resources, performance management and IT on the council.
She said: “In these austere times for councils, we do need to work together to deliver the best possible solutions in delivering services for the borough.
“I have been unsettled for some time and I am sad to say I have been disappointed by the lack of support and commitment from the leadership of the Independents.”
The leader of the Conservatives and Leader of the Council, Coun Tom Fox added: “I am delighted Penny has made this decision and warmly welcome her to the Conservative Party and the party group on Scarborough Council.
“Despite the recession I am sure our borough will continue to go from strength to strength especially with an even stronger Conservative group.
“The next four years will be tough in terms of wrestling with budget cuts but nevertheless because we have always run a tight ship financially, and been conscious of our responsibilities, there is no reason why we will not continue to provide quality services.”