Together4Rutland – a new approach to working for Rutland residents
Launch of Together4Rutland
On 22nd April 2022, Cllrs Gordon Brown, June Fox and Nick Begy resigned from the Rutland County Council Conservative Group. They will continue as County Councillors and will form the new Together4Rutland Group on Rutland County Council to focus on supporting the residents in their Wards and across Rutland.
In recent months, the three councillors have become increasingly concerned with the direction of travel of the Conservative group, and as backbenchers have felt marginalised, finding it harder to provide the support for the residents for whom they took up public service to help.
In addition, they cannot continue to support the national Conservative party on moral grounds, with Ministers and senior MPs having lost the respect of the public and failing to recognise the serious financial position of Rutland County Council caused by a lack of government funding compounded by additional burdens from new legislation.
The new Group feel that now is no time for party politics in local government in Rutland and wants the opportunity to openly question policy which impacts all residents and not just follow the Conservative party line. The three councillors look forward to working together with all members of the Council to avoid unnecessary political arguments and remembering why they hold these privileged positions. They are hoping that the other members of the County Council will agree with this position and look to join with the new Togther4Rutland group to achieve the best outcomes for the whole of Rutland.
The new Group has also been joined by Cllr Paul Ainsley, who left the Conservative Group shortly after the HIF vote at the end of last year.