Annandale North Councillor Graeme Tait has announced that he has joined the Labour Party and therefore became a member of the Labour group on Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Councillor Tait was first elected to the council in the Annandale North by-election in November 2012. By adding Councillor Tait to their ranks, the Labour Group on the council is now up to 15 members while the Council’s administration now has 25 members.
Councillor Graeme Tait said:
“I have decided to join the Labour Party because it has become increasingly clear that their policies and values better reflect my own. It is clear that the Labour Party and the Labour Group of Councillors care about tackling the inequalities that exist and protecting the most vulnerable in our society and I share those principles with them.”
“I have been hugely impressed by the way the new Labour led administration has run the council. The Council Leader has shown strong Leadership and put in place the clear direction the council has needed. The new Labour led administration have taken a more inclusive approach to the running of the council and shown a willingness to work with all councillors and groups in the best interests of Dumfries and Galloway. The fact that the recent budget was agreed unanimously by all groups demonstrates this clearly. “
“I have consulted with my partner and my close family in this decision and I have their full support.”
“I may be accused of inconsistency in changing my allegiance by former colleagues but I have done this so I can better represent the ward constituents many of whom voted for me on a personal rather than a political basis and to whom I will direct my best efforts in continuing to act for them. My principles have always been the same- supporting those most in need. These principles haven’t changed but recent months have shown me clearly that the party best placed to pursue those principles is the Labour Party.”
“I look forward to working with my new colleagues and their partners in the administration in doing what is best for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.”
Councillor Ted Thompson, Chair of the Dumfries and Galloway Labour group, said:
“We are always pleased when someone shares our values and whilst this has been a difficult decision for Graeme to make I know he has thought deeply about it. “
“As a consequence of joining the Labour Party Graeme automatically becomes a member of the Labour group of councillors.”
“Graeme has obviously been impressed by the inclusive approach taken by the Labour led coalition and the strong leadership and direction given by it.”
“This also means that the Upper Annandale ward will now have Labour councillor representation. This is perhaps a form of natural justice as historically we have always had that presence in that ward.”
“I look forward to working with Graeme along with our partners in the administration in doing our best for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.”