Former Sleaford Town and North Kesteven Councillor Brian Watson has rejoined the Labour Party after an absence of nine years.
Mr Watson was elected as a Labour councillor in 1995 and 1999 to North Kesteven district council before leaving the Labour Party and starting the Sleaford Independents in 2007.
He resigned from both district and town councils in 2013 due to ill health having served as Leader of the Town Council and as Mayor of Sleaford.
Mike Hudson, chairman of the Sleaford and North Hykeham Labour Party said: “We welcome Brian back to the Labour Party.
“I have not spoken to him in a party meeting yet so I do not know his intentions and whether he will be standing for election again, but it is alway refreshing when someone, in my view, ‘sees the light’.”
Mr Hutson went on: “There is a view that political parties have no place in local government. Obviously, I don’t agree with that view. A political party is an organisation for like-minded people to work together, get elected and make a difference to their community. National political parties are necessary, the big issues, like cuts to budgets and services, are not confined to Sleaford, but happening everywhere. Every thing is connected.”
“All in the Labour Party look forward to working with Brian and making a positive difference here,” he said.
Mr Watson was unavailable for comment at this stage.