First-term Penrith Councillor Jonathan Pullen has confirmed he has resigned from the Labor Party.
The Weekender has been aware of growing tensions involving Cr Pullen and Labor in recent weeks.
At tonight’s Council meeting, he confirmed he had quit the party.
“I would like to make a statement that I have resigned from the Labor Party,” he said.
“I still have nothing but the upmost reverence for my Labor colleagues and the Labor Party as a whole but I will be serving as an independent moving forward.”
Cr Pullen was elected at last year’s Local Government Election. He was second on veteran Labor Councillor John Thain’s ticket.
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