A CONCERNED East Dunbartonshire councillor has opted to go it alone after quitting his party over welfare reforms.
Lib Dem councillor Duncan Cumming made his decision last week after the party told him not to vote for a motion by council leader Rhondda Geekie.
The motion raised concerns that the coalition Government’s reforms would mean extra hardship for local people.
Councillor Cumming said: “I no longer feel that Lib Dem values are truly represented in the proceedings of the local or national party and it is therefore with deep regret that I have decided to resign from the party and to become an independent councillor.
“This decision has not been taken lightly. It comes after a great deal of personal soul-searching and has been a source of great sadness and disappointment to me.”
Councillor Ashay Ghai, Lib Dem group leader, said: “We respect his decision and accept his resignation, and express our best wishes to him for the future.”