The balance of power on Ripon City Council has swung to the Conservative group after the third defection by an independent member in a month.
Coun David Todd, who has previously represented Minster Ward as an independent, has joined the Conservatives just three weeks after his then-independent colleagues the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley, and Coun Sylvia Brierley also defected.
Welcoming Coun Todd to the Conservative fold, fellow city Coun Mike Chambers said: “We are delighted to be welcoming another Ripon city councillor to the Conservative Group and look forward to working with David to continue our party’s work developing and promoting Ripon for the city’s businesses, residents and visitors.”
The latest shift in party allegiances has left the Conservatives controlling eight of the 15 city council seats, with the remaining seven held by independent members.
It is the first time political control of the city council has changed since 2007, when in the May elections of that year independents swept to power after taking all 15 seats in a landslide result. In 2011, independents took 10 seats and the Conservatives the remaining five.