He announced his decision today in the company of Sian Berry, Green candidate for Mayor of London, who has pledged to launch an investigation into the South London incinerator if she is elected and do everything possible to stop it going ahead.
Sian Berry, who launched her South London manifesto today, said: “Nick, who has been an outspoken critic of a scheme that has been imposed on the people of Sutton and Croydon in the face of huge local opposition. It’s to his immense credit that he put the health of local residents above blind loyalty to his party."
Nick Mattey said: “I resisted my expulsion from the Lib Dems because I wanted to carry on fighting this battle from within, but joining the Greens has been a natural next step, not least because of their long support locally for the campaign against the incinerator.
“I will sit on the council as an independent because it would be unfair to the voters who elected me to change party mid-term. But I will be seeking re-election as a Green in 2018 and I hope I won’t be the party’s only successful candidate in Sutton. The ruling party has behaved disgracefully throughout this episode and voters won’t forgive them easily.”
Ross Hemingway, Sutton Green party co-ordinator, said:
"We welcome Nick, alongside many others who have joined the Green party in recent weeks. Nick has shown he is committed to protecting the local environment and health of residents by opposing the Beddington incinerator.
Sian Berry and Nick Mattey were accompanied by Shasha Khan, Green parliamentary candidate for Croydon North at several elections and also a prominent opponent of the incinerator scheme, and Ross Hemingway, Green parliamentary candidate in Carshalton & Wallington in 2015.
Caption: LtoR: Ross Hemingway, Nick Mattey, Sian Berry, Shasha Khan (holding little girl)