A Harrow Borough Council councillor has announced that he is quitting the Conservative party to sit as an independent.

Cllr Husain Akhtar has, this morning, said that he no longer wishes to represent the Tories and will, therefore, now operate as an independent councillor.

Cllr Akhtar, the representative for Canons ward, says that he is leaving the party because he felt unable to vote for the Conservative candidate, Susan Hall, for the position of council leader.

Instead, he felt that the Labour candidate, Thaya Idaikkadar, would be better suited to the role.

Cllr Akhtar said: “I will now sit as an independent councillor. This will provide me with good opportunities to serve our residents more efficiently and effectively, with the key purpose being politics.”