He informed a meeting of the Breckland Conservative group on Tuesday that, 'he had felt disillusioned with the Labour leadership'. He went on to say that he had felt a growing admiration for the Conservative leadership and for William Hague in particular.
Commenting on Cllr Dicken's decision, Chris Chope, vice chairman of the Conservative party with responsibility for local government said:
'I am delighted to welcome Ron Dicken to the Conservative party. A week before the local elections take place, yet another Labour councillor has recognised that the Conservative party is the true party of the community. Cllr Dicken is not the only one who is disillusioned with New Labour and its record. It is clear that it is time for a change in local government.'