Councillor Paul Breeze pledges to join City Independents in time for election
A CITY councillor has announced that he will stand at the next election for a new party.
Unaffiliated councillor Paul Breeze, of Hanley, told how he will run as a City Independent at elections in 2015.
Councillor Breeze whose ward covers Birches Head and Central Forest Park announced his intention at the full council budget meeting on Thursday night.
He told The Sentinel that his intention meant he could now stand alongside other members to oppose Labour.
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Councillor Breeze said: "At the next election it is my intention to stand as a non-party-political City Independent under the leadership of Dave Conway.
"And in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent people crying out for honesty, scrutiny, integrity, openness and transparency.
"I will not be accountable to a national party, or secretive regional and local party politics, blindly and pathetically following my party whips.
"But acting solely for and accountable to the genuine proud people of Stoke-on-Trent in the communities we are elected to serve."
Mr Breeze has been a harsh critic of the council telling leader Mohammed Pervez that "you speculatively borrow millions of pounds in unprecedented austere times."
He has also spoken out against the council's decision not to sell land to the Capital Potteries Shopping Centre.
He added: "They offer £180,000 immediately transforming the miserable northern city centre gateway to create construction jobs then permanent jobs and bring in business rates. You refuse which is absolutely unbelievable."