County councillor Ed Maxfield has resigned from the Liberal Democrat group at County Hall, saying it broke his heart to do so.
He had already stood down as group leader because of disillusionment with his party’s “disastrous approach to Brexit and its 2019 General Election campaign”.
In an email to his party colleagues he said: “For a number of years, though, I have felt that the party has been shifting away from my values so that now it gives the impression that it is more concerned with appealing to the fringes of Twitter than listening to people who live in Trunch, Mundesley or Overstrand.”
His area includes Trunch, Antingham, Swafield, Knapton, Paston, Bacton, Mundesley, Gimingham, Trimingham, Sidestrand, Northrepps and Overstrand, and he added: “It breaks my heart to leave a party I have belonged to, and campaigned for, since I was 18.
“I know that around the country there are sensible, moderate Lib Dem councillors doing great work. The group on North Norfolk District Council, under the leadership of Sarah Butikofer, is making a real difference for the communities I represent. But when I received notification that my party membership was due for renewal, I knew I could not, in good conscience, stay as a party member.”
He added that he had asked to join the independent group on the council.