12/19/11, "Green leader at Norfolk County Council joins Tories," BBC, A. Sinclair
"The leader of the Green Party group on Norfolk County Council has defected to the Conservatives.
It is thought to be the first time a Green politician has moved across to the Tories.
Philip Hardy, 37, councillor for Thorpe Hamlet ward in Norwich, said: "This has been a very difficult decision to make but I feel it is the right one for me."
Mr Hardy said he had found himself alone on a growing number of issues within the Green Party.
He said he was also proud when the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron "inspired" the international community to intervene in Libya earlier this year....
Marcus Hemsley, acting group leader for the Green Party, said: "I'm very sad he's decided to leave and wished he'd come to talk to me about it first."
Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi said: "I am delighted to welcome Councillor Hardy to the Conservative Party.
"He joins a team of Conservatives protecting frontline services and working hard for Norfolk.
"Philip brings invaluable expertise in environmental issues and is a fantastic addition to our team of councillors."
Mr Hardy's move brings the number of the Conservative Group to 63 members - the largest any political party has ever achieved in the history of Norfolk."
via Tom Nelson