A ‘compassionate conservative’ borough councillor has re-joined the Conservative Party, citing her support for Prime Minister Theresa May and MP Maria Miller.
Cllr Onnalee Cubitt, who represents Old Basing and Lychpit on the borough council, gave up her independent status to re-join the Tories.
“I’m delighted to have been warmly welcomed back into the Conservative Group,” Cllr Cubitt said. “I have always been a compassionate conservative and I am a big supporter of both Theresa May and our wonderful MP Maria Miller.
“I am excited about the group’s plans for Basingstoke and believe voting Conservative is best for Basingstoke and essential for our country at this time,” she added.
Cllr Cubitt was elected as a Conservative councillor in 2008 but left the group in 2012 in a dispute over Manydown.
She was re-elected in 2014 as an independent candidate.
With borough council elections taking place in May next year, Cllr Cubitt denied this was behind her re-joining the Tories, saying “if I were to stand as an independent next year, I believe I would probably do better than if I stood as a Conservative because I’d have a wider base”.
Simon Bound, leader of the borough council’s Conservative group, said: “Cllr Cubitt is an extremely talented local councillor and I look forward to working closely with her delivering better services for both the community of Basing and the borough as a whole.”
The Conservative group voted “overwhelmingly” to support Cllr Cubitt joining. They now hold 33 of 60 seats on the borough council.