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Expelled Tory Alasdair Redman says he was ‘too maverick’ for the Scottish Conservatives.
This week Party officials confirmed that following disciplinary proceedings, Councillor Redman was no longer a member.
The Kintyre and Islands councillor, who has now changed his status to Independent, says that claims he used different names to respond to a public consultation were used by Central Tories as ‘a tool’ to take him out of the Party.
He issued a statement that read: ‘I certainly don’t believe for a second that helping out my constituents fill out forms for the boundary changes in what was a successful campaign to stop the changes was the wrong thing to do.’
He told The Oban Times he was ‘just being a good public servant’ helping fill out forms online in 2020 for constituents who were against boundary changes for Argyll and Bute.
His statement continued: ‘However it is my personal opinion that this matter was used by the Central Office Tories as a tool for taking myself out of the party.
‘I believe the real reason for my expulsion was myself being unwilling to blindly tow the party line and for being too much of a maverick and independently-minded for the modern iteration of the Scottish Conservatives. Putting loyalty to your constituents before loyalty to your party will often put a target on your back unfortunately.’
He said: ‘I honestly think I was pushed by central office before I jumped as I had been saying publicly to my constituents for some time now that I was considering running as an independent in the next election and that party politics should not be a priority in local government.
‘I promised my constituents when I was first elected that I would represent all of my constituents including those who did not vote for me.
‘I stand by my original promise and I give my word that I will never sell out my constituents and my own community for the sake of party loyalty or a policy lead position.
‘I will always put my local area first. I have been a strong and unrelenting local champion for the Kintyre and the Islands ward and I plan to continue to do so as an Independent.
‘Like other former Conservative councillors in Argyll, I will be seeking re-election next year as an independent candidate in the local elections and I promise to continue to put the people before any political party or special interest group without fear or favour.’
Councillor Redman has twice been suspended from the Tory party.
He was one of 25 Conservative members across the country suspended from the Party in November 2019 over allegations of prejudicial social media posts, but he was re-admitted in May 2020.
However he was suspended again in August 2021 pending an investigation, though no detail of why has been given.
This week a spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives said: ‘Following disciplinary proceedings, Alastair Redman is no longer a member of the party.’