An East Neuk councillor has resigned from the Conservative party, citing ‘dysfunction’ at local and Scottish levels.
Cllr Linda Holt, who was first elected as a councillor in 2017, is now serving as an independent.
She said she felt she can be a more effective voice for the East Neuk and Fife as an independent, adding: “My decision has been a long time coming, and reflects a growing awareness of the deep-rooted dysfunction in the party at local association, council group and Scottish levels. This dysfunction has not only demoralised and alienated supporters; it also prevents the party from being proactive in fighting for the interests of ordinary Fifers.”
Cllr Dave Dempsey, Conservative group leader for Fife, said the resignation was not a surprise and rejected the accusation of ‘dysfunction’, adding: “Linda was easily the most detached of the councillors, by some margin. I wish her well. It is disappointing. It’s never nice to lose someone from the party.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “We were disappointed to hear of Linda’s decision, and wish her well for the future.”