EXCLUSIVE: Now a second Tory walks out of ruling group on Fenland District Council to join the ranks of independents

PUBLISHED: 11:33 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:33 22 August 2014

Bernard Keane Town crier

Bernard Keane Town crier

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A former chairman has become the second Conservative councillor in recent weeks to quit the ruling group on Fenland District Council.

From left: Cllrs Fred Yeulett, John Clark and Bernard Keane. From left: Cllrs Fred Yeulett, John Clark and Bernard Keane.

Although he was not available today for comment, Councillor Bernard Keane has revealed his departure from the Conservative group by designating himself ‘independent’ on the council’s website.

Cllr Keane is thought to have visited Fenland Hall earlier this week to announce the switch and to ensure officers knew of his switched allegiance.

The veteran councillor faces, like all councillors, re-selection by his party and it is believed Cllr Keane feared he may not be given the option by the Conservatives to fight his March East seat.

Cllr Keane will now join former Conservative Peter Tunley on the independent benches. Cllr Tunley quit recently after disagreement with senior councillors over the future of Estover playing fields.

Cllr Keane has served as mayor of March and is also the current town crier.

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