Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Green for Joe; Former Lib Dem Man Makes Party Switch

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Green for Joe; Former Lib Dem Man Makes Party Switch

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Byline: By SANDY McKENZIE

TEESSIDE has its first-ever Green councillor.

Middlesbrough councillor Joe Michna has joined the Green Party.

The move follows Cllr Michna's expulsion from the Liberal Democrats after his criticism of Liberal Democrat Group leadership in Middlesbrough.

Cllr Michna said he wants to work with all councillors but particularly the independents.

He said: "In many ways I am going back to my political roots as it was because of ecological and environmental concerns that I first become involved in politics.

"I have always had respect and regard for the Green Party and my joining them feels like coming home.

"As a Green Party councillor I will be prepared to work with all local councillors but I particularly wish to develop a good working relationship with some of the independent councillors on Middlesbrough Council as I consider some of them to be the most dynamic and forward-thinking people on the council. …

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