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East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor Maria Bowtell has left the Conservatives to join Reform UK.

Councillor Bowtell has also announced that she has been selected to as a candidate for the new Bridlington and the Wolds constituency for Reform at the next general election.

Elected as the member for Bridlington Central and Old Town last May, she said she will continue to work hard for local residents and put their needs first.

“I got involved in politics because I care deeply about my area and the wider East Yorkshire,” said Councillor Bowtell.

“I was elected as a Conservative because my values aligned with the centre right of politics, which is still the case, and I believe is still true for many ERYC members.

“However, I do not feel the Conservatives nationally reflect this, and I cannot continue as a member of a weak and fractured party which seems to fear the truth and have complete disdain for the working class.”

Tighter controls on immigration, lower taxes and creating opportunities for generations to come are among the main goals for Councillor Bowtell, along with a strong economy creating jobs for local people and plans to help communities prosper.

Mother-of-one Ms Bowtell was born and raised in Bridlington. She currently works for a sea food company on the Carnaby Industrial Estate.

“For me, health is a top priority,” she said. “As a member of Bridlington Health Forum I know how difficult it is for people in the town and surrounding areas to access healthcare they need, want and deserve.

“Our police do a great job in cracking down on drugs, anti-social behaviour and rural crime that blights our lives, and I will do everything I can to support them.”

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