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Former MK councillor joins Tory group

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 21, 2011

Loic Rich

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The second political defection within days has been greeted with surprise in Cornwall after a former "nationalist" city councillor joined the Conservatives.

Yesterday's switch comes after Cornwall Council Tory Jan Powell moved in the opposite direction and joined the Lib Dems on Friday, a move that followed her sacking as leader of the health scrutiny committee.

The opposition Lib Dem group Mrs Powell's move came following a series of troubles for Conservative council leader Alec Roberston, including an attempt by colleagues to topple him.

Now Loic Rich, a Truro city councillor who fought MP Sarah Newton for the Truro and Falmouth seat in the General Election, says he has joined the Tories, after leaving Mebyon Kernow in April.

Mr Rich, a journalist, copywriter and screenwriter, attributed the switch to his deficit-denying party, in contrast to the Tories, who had acted in "an extraordinarily pragmatic and sincere way".

"I found it very frustrating being in a party that, along with the opposition parties, seemed to be in deliberate denial of the UK's economic and social needs," he added.

Jeremy Rowe, leader of the Lib Dems at Cornwall Council, said the circumstances were very different to that of Mrs Powell, and the timing of the move was a coincidence.

"Loic Rich is a slightly harder one to understand – Mebyon Kernow is a social democratic party so it's hard to see what the cross-over is."

Truro City Council which has 12 Lib Dems in 23 wards, now has two Tory councillors.

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  • Myghal  |  June 24 2011, 5:06PM

    A brilliant piece in today's edition about this whole affair: http://tinyurl.com/6b59m2a

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  • Myghal  |  June 24 2011, 4:58PM

    PS. Your Einstein quote means nothing. I could fire a thousand others back with a different meaning.

  • Myghal  |  June 24 2011, 4:54PM

    'Big ger' 1. What has happened to the fund you established to fight Cornish nationalism ? 2. I am NOT an MK supporter. Please note: I am NOT an MK supporter. 3. Please point our where 'RachelBosanko' has ever called herself a Doctor and indeed, where she has been nasty towards you ? 4. You seem constantly worried about MK. Why ? Are you a member ? 5. Your views of the Nationalists in Scotland & Wales ? 6. Please use my name correctly. I am not English. This is not England. 7. Not all nationalists support MK. I wouldn't expect you to understand that. 8. Do you have a hang up about size ?

  • Doitdreckley  |  June 24 2011, 1:05PM

    Big Ger...there is a difference between civic nationalism (which presumably you respect) that MK stands for and ethnic nationalism that , say, the BNP stands for.

  • Big_Ger  |  June 24 2011, 8:27AM

    Yet again, the "nationalists" have no answer to any criticisms, just personal attacks, slander and lies. With supporters like these, bereft of the ability to debate, and incapable of telling the truth, it's no wonder Mebyon Kernow is losing its members. A I am no fan of petty nationalism, I am so grateful to Michael and "Dr" Bosanko, for coming here and posting their nastiness, they are fine examples of why the nationalist cause fails. You cannot promote an ideal by lies, slander, nastiness, spitefulness, and doing people down, the only way for a cause to flourish is by good deeds and true speech. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~Albert Einstein

  • Myghal  |  June 23 2011, 5:03PM

    I repeat for the Big Ger 'blow in' "Any chance to poke at Cornwall and out of the woodwork crawls Big Ger - international business and Cornwall's equivalent of 'Trotter Enterprises'. Just as irrelevant are his comments. This story is about a person moving from one political party to another Big Ger. Do try to understand." PS. Out of interest, what did happen to your collection to fund anti Cornish actions. Spent down the pub was it ?

  • Big_Ger  |  June 22 2011, 10:42PM

    Ah, my point is proved once more, you only have to comment on Cornish nationalism, and what happens? They come back with their weapons of insult, personal attacks, and lies. No wonder Mr Rich quit Mebyon Kernow, if the sort of people who support it are only capable of this sort of nastiness, exactly the sort of thing I highlighted in my first comment. There you go Mebyon Kernow, is this the sort of support you want? 98% of voters at the last election rejected Mebton Kernow, if the supporters we see here keep up their spiteful attacks, they may be rejected by 99% next time.

  • Doitdreckley  |  June 22 2011, 8:09PM

    Hunger strikes and silly threats are nothing to do with MK Big Ger. In recent years their vote and representation has gone up, not down.

  • THarold  |  June 22 2011, 4:12PM

    I retired to Cornwall some years ago from Glasgow where I was a member of the SNP. People mocked the SNP many years ago. Now it governs Scotland and does it well. Hopefully the referendum will occur and Scotland will break free. The same applies to Cornwall. Keep up the good work MK, this is a defection. They happen ! Get over it and move on. Anyone joining the Tories weren't worth having as a member and in any case, the Tories will collapse at the next General Election along with their Lib Dem bed fellows.

  • avonbeg  |  June 22 2011, 12:45PM

    Truronian6:Are you an advert from the Truro Tories?