DEPUTY mayor Ian Jones was contacted by two other political parties within days of quitting Labour.
The Rotherham West ward member, who was deselected as mayor in the spring, is currently sitting as an independent.
He felt bullied out by Labour over his cross-party efforts against the reopening of Droppingwell tip and left on Monday September 28 after a decade with the party.
“It was a relief,” he said. “I had been having to make sure every time I said something that it wouldn’t be twisted and used to get another investigation against me.”
Cllr Jones (pictured) said he would continue to sit as an independent on Rotherham Council for now but might consider joining a party or group ahead of the 2021 local elections.
Rotherham Democratic Party members have already said they plan to select him as their choice for mayor when the council AGM is finally held — likely to be next summer.
Cllr Jones was found in breach of the Labour group’s “media protocol” for confirming his deselection to the Advertiser in March.
He was also reprimanded by the party for “disclosure of group business” for informing his wife that she would now not become mayoress.
Labour said Cllr Jones’ actions had caused “real upset” to group colleagues and he was given a written warning.
He said he felt other members of the party had plotted against him over the previous 14 months because his work on Droppingwell had embarrassed others who were doing less to prevent the Kimberworth tip reopening.