MELTON’S Deputy Mayor Marilyn Gordon has left Labour to become an Independent borough councillor.
Miss Gordon, who represents Dorian ward, said: “The politics, not just of the Labour Party but of all parties, wasn’t quite gelling with me or my beliefs as a born again Christian.
“I’d been thinking about becoming an Independent for some time and my feelings just got stronger as time went on. I honestly believe I can do more for people in the Melton borough, and from a Christian perspective as well, as an Independent councillor.
“I had considered approaching the Independent Group about joining but I have decided to become a sole independent councillor.”
Miss Gordon became a Labour Party member in about 1997/8 and became a Labour borough councillor for the old Mowbray Ward in May 1999, serving what is now the Dorian ward until 2003.
She rejoined the Labour Party in 2010 and in May 2011 she was elected as a borough councillor for Dorian ward. Miss Gordon, born and raised in Melton, has served as Melton’s Deputy Mayor since May 2012.
Melton Council’s Labour group leader Matthew O’Callaghan said: “Marilyn has said for some time that her deeply-held Christian beliefs were causing her difficulty being a member of a political party. She told us in our last group meeting that after praying for guidance she felt it was the right thing to do and has now left.”