On the 7th of July, Portsmouth City Councillor Sandra Stockdale quit the Lib Dem party and joined the Conservative Council Group.
Councillor Stockdale said,
"I was a life long Conservative until three of four years ago, when I had stood for election several times as a Conservative. I stood as a LibDem candidate in 2011 and won the Council Seat. Sadly, I realised that I had made the wrong decision. I too often found myself at odds with their decisions and methods. I have worked closely with Conservative council colleagues and after meeting with their councillors, seeked a way forward to join them and to continue serving my ward and the residents of St Thomas.
I'm over the moon to be back with a group that feels natural and inline with my thoughts and politics. I'm only sorry that I didn't do this sooner. The Conservatives in Portsmouth are getting things done. They're really moving at a pace with both comemrcial, community and cultural events.
They're really putting the city on the map, something that my former group failed to do for ten years."