A SECOND councillor has resigned from the borough's Conservative party to stand as an independent.
Ann Banks handed in her resignation last week, following the lead of close friend Geoff Courtenay, who resigned as Brunel ward councillor last Monday.
It has now emerged she will stand side by side with Mr Courtenay in West Drayton as an independent councillor.
While Mr Courtenay found himself out of favour after his party reprimanded him for Facebook postings, Councillor Banks had her own reasons for resigning.
After 12 years in West Drayton, she was due to be moved to stand in Townfield, in Hayes, a change she did not want to make.
"Ann lives in the ward of West Drayton, and wants to stay as a councillor there," said Mr Courtenay. "It is as simple as that.
"She is very popular there and carried on working hard, despite suffering personal bereavements. Her attendance record at council meetings is exemplary.
"We are both standing as independents, and I will be the agent for both of us."Despite the uphill challenge of winning as an independent, Mr Courtenay insists the pair are feeling positive.
"I am very upbeat about the election, we will have a nice clean campaign and we will stand on our past record as councillors.
"Let that speak for itself, and let the electorate decide," he said.
They are likely to come up against Councillor Paul Buttivant (Con), who is believed to be moving from the Heathrow Villages ward into West Drayton.