Conservative councillor suspended after standing against Tory MP as Independent

Cllr Dr John Doddy (left), pictured with former health secretary Steve Barclay
By Jamie Waller, Local Democracy Reporter

A Conservative councillor who has decided to stand in the General Election and an Independent has been suspended from the party.

Councillor Dr John Doddy represents the Stapleford and Broxtowe Central ward on Nottinghamshire County Council as a Conservative.

However, it was revealed when candidate lists were published this week that he has filed to stand to become MP for Broxtowe as an Independent , challenging incumbent Tory MP Darren Henry.

The Conservative group today (June 11) confirmed he had been suspended from the party pending a disciplinary investigation.

Cllr Dr Doddy, who works as a GP, has also lost his prominent role as chair of the county council’s Health and Wellbeing board.

Councillor Chris Barnfather, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Conservative Group Business Manager, said: “Councillor Dr John Doddy was this morning suspended as a member of the ruling Nottinghamshire County Council Conservative Group, pending a disciplinary investigation by Conservative Central Office into his registration as an Independent candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in the Broxtowe constituency.

“He has also been removed from his position as the administration-appointed chairman of the Nottinghamshire Health & Wellbeing Board. These decisions were made in accordance with national Conservative Party guidelines.”

Cllr Dr Doddy is a long-standing councillor, having served since 2012 and won four successive elections in his ward as a Conservative.

The LDRS has attempted to contact him for comment.

Darren Henry has served as the MP for Broxtowe since 2019.

The other candidates standing in Broxtowe are:

  • Juliet Campbell (Lab)
  • James Collis (Lib Dem)
  • Teresa Needham (Green)
  • Joseph Oakley (Reform)
  • Maqsood Syed (Workers Party of Britain)
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