Somerset County Councillor Dean Ruddle, who resigned from the Conservatives and as Chair of Audit Committee just seven months ago has rejoined the Group. Cllr Ruddle had cited concerns over the direction of the Council for his original decision but with the County Council making significant financial progress he has now taken the decision to rejoin the ruling Group.
‘I have recently spent time with the Conservative leadership at County Hall and have a much better appreciation of their plans to ensure the financial stability of the Council’ commented Cllr Ruddle "In particular I have been impressed by their commitment to ensuring that vulnerable services are protected whilst at the same time building future resilience through increased reserves’.
Conservative Leader of the County Council David Fothergill commented “We are delighted that Dean has chosen to rejoin the Conservative Group. As a Councillor he has a wide appreciation of the demands of our communities, he is prepared to stand up for causes he believes in and he is committed to ensuring the longer term financial security of the authority. The hard work of the past few months to ensure greater financial stability is now being recognised and I am pleased Dean wants to be part of that success story’.
Cllr Ruddle rejoins the Group with immediate effect and increases the number of Conservatives to thirty four on the County Council.