Councillor Paul Rogers has joined a political grouping, bringing a period of six months as an unaligned councillor to an end.
Councillor Rogers has now officially moved from ‘non-aligned’ to the Independent grouping, taking their strength from 16 to 17 members (view all here). Previously Cllr Rogers was a Conservative, elected on that ticket back in 2017, however resigned and left the group in late November.
All councillors were notified early yesterday evening of the move, with the council website updating to reflect the change shortly after.
The Independent group is headed up by Council Leader Mark Pritchard.
Cllr Rogers told us “I am pleased to confirm that I am joining the Independent Group.
“I discussed this with the Leader Councillor Mark Pritchard as I feel it is more effective to be part of a group rather than being non aligned.”
“I would like to thank the Group for welcoming me on board and look forward to working with them and the administration.”
The Independent grouping work with similarly titled Wrexham Independents and the Conservatives to run Wrexham Council. In opposition Labour, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democratic and two unaligned councillors make up the rest of the 52 council.
As part of our wider democracy exercise back in 2017 we asked all then-candidates if they would call a by-election if they changed party – with Cllr Rogers indicating he felt the election was on him as an individual rather than party based.
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