Former leader of Camden Tories joins the Lib Dems
Andrew Marshall had been sitting as an independent councillor after quitting Conservatives
01 January, 2018 — By Richard Osley
A FORMER leader of the Camden Conservatives has announced that he has joined the Liberal Democrats today (Monday).
Swiss Cottage councillor Andrew Marshall, a staunch supporter of the European Union, has spent nearly a year as an ‘independent’ after quitting the Conservative Party last February in a protest over Theresa May’s handling of Brexit. He tweeted at 2am on New Year’s Day that he was a now a member of the Lib Dems, opening up the possibility of standing against his former Tory colleagues at May’s local elections.
“Whether the new phalanx of Conservative local candidates, many enthusiastic for Brexit and involved in Andrea Leadsom’s leadership campaign, will find north-west Camden fertile territory, time will tell,” he said as he left the party last year, in reference to the heavy support for remaining in the European Union across the borough.
Cllr Marshall, who has served at the Town Hall for more than 25 years and a former parliamentary candidate, said: “I’ve joined the Liberal Democrats. An open, tolerant country. Social market economics. Broadening opportunity. Britain in Europe. Internationalist, concerned for our planet.”