A NORTHWOOD councillor has resigned from the Conservative group after he was arrested for causing criminal damage and harassment.
Ian Oakley, 31, also resigned as a Conservative parliamentary candidate for Watford after he was arrested on Friday in connection with a hate campaign against rival politicians.
Mr Oakley of Ryeland Close, West Drayton, was released on bail further pending further inquiries into a series of alleged criminal damage and harassment offences towards Liberal Democrats in Watford, including poison pen letters and nuisance calls.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Ray Puddifoot, said: "I have spoken to Ian today and he has informed me that he deeply regrets any embarrassment the allegations made against him may have caused his Conservative colleagues and indeed the Conservative Party.
"Ian is a talented young man who has proved to be a hard working and popular ward councillor.
"It would be improper and speculative to make any further comment at this time."
He will now represent Northwood as an independent councillor.