Good news: former Tory councillor and trade union activist both join Lib Dems

News from Torbay:

Former Torbay Conservative Councillor Eric Abercrombie and leading local Labour and Trade Union activist Paul Raybould have changed political allegiance.

Paignton resident Eric Abercrombie was elected in 2000 and represented the Blatchcombe Ward for seven years. He will be contesting the Preston Ward for the Liberal Democrats next May alongside John and Linda Turner.

Torquay resident Paul Raybould is secretary of the local Trades Union Council and was a Labour Party member for 25 years. He stood as a council candidate for Labour in the Ellacombe Ward in 2011 and hopes to be selected shortly to contest one of the Torquay wards as a Lib Dem Candidate next year. [Herald Express]

Bonus points to Eric for his on-message comment:

The Liberal Democrats have proven nationally that they can help build a stronger economy and a fairer society enabling everyone to get on in life.

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