Jan Hornby defiant in face of calls to give up Hull City Council seat
A COUNCILLOR who feels "let down" by the Lib Dem leadership is refusing to buckle to pressure and resign after walking out on her party.
Lib Dem Councillor Jan Hornby angered some in the party by resigning hours after learning she had lost a ballot to find a candidate for the 2014 local authority elections.
But Cllr Hornby last night insisted she would continue to represent Holderness ward, despite mounting pressure from a section of Lib Dems to step down from the council.
She said: "I no longer wanted to be affiliated to a party whose policies have changed, both local and nationally. Along with many, I feel let down by the party.
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"I became a councillor for the Holderness ward in 2010 because I wanted to support local people and make a positive difference to the area.
"This involves working in partnership with people and sharing information.
"My vision has not changed and I will continue to work hard in fulfilling my role as a local representative for the people."
Cllr Hornby said her decision to resign on Monday, a short time after learning of the outcome of Saturday's ballot, was not taken lightly.
"It was a decision I shared with many others, past colleagues, friends, family and, most importantly, residents," she said.
"I am currently working on many projects within the Holderness ward.
"It's amazing what can be achieved when working together with other ward councillors, residents and community groups."
Cllr Hornby claimed the ballot result did not influence her decision to walk out on the party.
She said: "I believe there is a process that has to be followed when selecting candidates for elections; first you have to be selected by the party through a panel, be accepted, and then be placed into a ballot.
"As I have not been involved in any of the above processes I fail to see how this could affect my decision.
"My beliefs have not changed – theirs have.
"I will maintain a positive and honest dialogue with the people I care about and that is the people of Hull."
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Cllr Mike Ross, Lib Dem deputy group leader, accused Cllr Hornby of "letting everyone down".
He said: "We are disappointed by Cllr Hornby's actions. We expect high standards from our councillors.
"There is a real job to do in Hull holding the Labour-run council to account for the decisions they are making and the promises they are breaking. Now more than ever, Hull needs a strong opposition – that's what we are here to do."