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SOUTH NORFOLK INDEPENDENT DISTRICT COUNCILLOR JOINS LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

February 16, 2018 11:05 AM


Des Fulcher, one of two District Councillors for South Norfolk Council's Stratton ward, has joined the Liberal Democrat Group at the Council.

Des had been elected as a Conservative in 2015, but resigned from the Conservatives in 2017, since when he had been an Independent.

Stratton ward comprises Long Stratton and the parishes of Tharston, Hapton and Wacton.

The Liberal Democrat Group at South Norfolk Council therefore increases from six to seven councillors, the balance of the 46 Councillors being Conservative.

Des lives in Long Stratton. He has the unusual occupation of being a pyrotechnician, running public and private firework displays. He also undertakes consultancy work in the Facilities Management industry and is the Immediate Past National Councillor for the '41 Club' in this region, part of the worldwide Round Table Family organisation (which began in Norwich over 90 years ago). Des has been organized or been involved in many charitable events in Norfolk, most recently launching a major Halloween event - Spooks & Sparks in the Park - which helped raise funds for East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Cllr Des Fulcher said:
I was working hard for the local community long before I was asked to stand for South Norfolk Council. Once elected, however, I found that the way that certain local Tories run South Norfolk Council was not for me, and so I left them to become an Independent Councillor. I have increasingly found more sympathy with the Council's Liberal Democrats' policies and style. With the Liberal Democrats, I believe a more balanced and considerate approach can be given toward the needs of every resident in my Stratton ward.

Cllr Trevor Lewis, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at South Norfolk Council, said:
We are very pleased to welcome Des Fulcher to the Liberal Democrat Group. He topped the Ward poll in the 2015 South Norfolk Council elections, which clearly shows his strong local support. People know he does a lot for the local community. Long Stratton and the adjoining villages are facing huge changes from planned new development, and they need a strong local voice to make sure it's done properly.

Cllr Murray Gray, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at South Norfolk Council, added:
The Liberal Democrat Group already punches well above its weight at South Norfolk Council, and we will be even more effective with Des joining us. Our strength is that we put local needs ahead of party politics, and we are not afraid to say and do accordingly