Former Rugby Green Party candidate defects to Lib Dems after ‘sickening’ protest

Cllr Roodhouse and Terry White
Cllr Roodhouse and Terry White

The former Green Party general election candidate for Rugby has defected to the Lib Dems after the Green’s ‘sickening’ election protest.

Terry White has rejoined the Lib Dems after leaving them at the start of the previous government because he was unhappy with the direction they were headed.

But now with Tim Farron as the national Lib Dem party leader, the 22-year-old said he is confident that the party can fight back.

“There is ambition in the Green Party definitely. But that is all there is - ambition,” said Mr White.

“I believe in democracy and the fact that the Green Party protested about the fact the Conservatives won a mandate to govern the country is simply sickening.

“I don’t like the Conservatives as much as the next Green Party member but I also respect the process of an election.”

Mr White has stepped down in his role as co-ordinator of the Rugby Green Party and as chair of the midlands regional co-ordinator of the under 30 branch, following disputes in the practices of the national party.

Mr White said: “I spoke with my former opponent, Ed Goncalves, who I believe was an excellent candidate and he has made me feel very welcome, along with Jerry Roodhouse.

“I am excited for my journey ahead and I am looking forward to picking up where I left off. There is a lot of rebuilding to do and trust to win back.”

Mr White said he was looking forward to discussing the EU referendum with people in the borough.

Roy Sandison, acting co-ordinator of the Rugby Green Party, said: “Terry White made several references over the last year that he felt betrayed as a young person, and former student, by the Lib Dems.

“From 2010 to 2015, the Lib Dems were part of a coalition government that deepened NHS privatisation and savagely cut our public services.

“Not withstanding these points, Rugby Green Party wishes Terry White well and note that he references disagreements with the national party and not the local party, who Terry readily admits have always been supportive to him.”