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'Frustrated' East Dorset District councillor resigns

Stewart Hearn
Mr Hearn's resignation has triggered a by-election in Corfe Mullen South

A Liberal Democrat councillor in Dorset has resigned, saying he is "frustrated" with the Conservative-led district council and his own party group.

Stewart Hearn stood down as East Dorset District councillor for Corfe Mullen South ward at Monday's meeting of the full council.

Mr Hearn, who also resigned as parish councillor for Corfe Mullen, cited both personal and policy reasons.

The resignation will trigger a by-election in the ward.

'Enthusiastic and passionate'

Mr Hearn, who mounted a failed challenge to councillor Anne Holland's leadership of the party group, said he was frustrated at the Liberal Democrats' lack of progress in the council.

"When I put myself up for leadership I promised myself that if I was unsuccessful I would stand down," he said.

"It has been partly dissatisfaction with the council and partly my own party group."

Council leader Spencer Flower said: "Stewart has been an enthusiastic and passionate member of the council for over a decade. I am sorry to see him go and wish him all the best for the future."

David McIntosh, chief executive of the council, said: "It is now necessary for the council to issue a formal notice confirming the vacant seat in Corfe Mullen South ward and a by-election will be held in due course."

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