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COUNCILLOR QUITS TORY PARTY IN PROTEST OVER NUCLEAR TESTS

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A Daventry district councillor has blamed the government's policy on French nuclear testing for her decision to lea...
A Daventry district councillor has blamed the government's policy on French nuclear testing for her decision to leave the Conservatives and sit as an Independent, reports BBC Northampton.

Daventry DC is controlled by an alliance of Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Independents. The departure of Paula Jones leaves Labour as the largest group on the council, but it is thought the alliance will retain power.

Dr Jones says she is no longer prepared to tolerate the government's actions, in particular its support of the French atomic testing in the Pacific.

She commented: 'I am a geographer by profession and an environmentalist, and I just felt I could no longer support the government. My conscience doesn't allow me to continue to support a government and defend the activities of a government that votes with the Chinese and the French against everybody else in the United Nations'.
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