ISLE of Wight Green Cllr Michael Lilley has quit the party blaming 'irreconcilable differences' with other members.

Cllr Lilley, who was elected last year and represents the Ryde East ward on the Isle of Wight Council, said the party's attempts to 'control' his council work conflicted with the needs of his residents.

In a resignation letter issued today (Monday), Cllr Lilley said: "I believe in accountability, which being an elected representative involves, and have been active in consulting local residents and those within the local Green Party regularly. This has become increasingly difficult as some members of the Isle of Wight Green Party have a very different perspective to me regarding the interpretation of how a Green councillor should operate. This has become increasingly irreconcilable.

"I cannot continue to be accountable to a local party who demand a greater control on my daily function as a councillor as this often conflicts with the needs of my local community, which has to be my first priority.

"I can no longer serve this community and residents well whilst being held to account and directed by a committee of the Isle of Wight Green Party."

When asked about his disagreements with other members, Cllr Lilley said it was not appropriate to 'name names,' only that he could not reconcile his differences with party officials.

Cllr Lilley said he had taken the difficult decision to resign after 'many months of personal stress and soul searching.'

He will continue to sit as an Independent Green councillor, which he said would enable him to better serve his residents, and support the party nationally.

"It will also enable the local Green Party to go in the direction they wish and I want to thank the majority of the party for their past support and wish them well for the future," he said.

Cllr Lilley was the council's only Green Party member.

UPDATED: Isle of Wight Green Party chair Daniel James said: "Michael had been elected as a town councillor in Ryde, and subsequently as the Isle of Wight Councillor for Ryde East, with the help and resources of Green Party volunteers and regional staff.

"Although the Green Party does not instruct its elected members how to vote, accountability is a required principle for all Green Party councillors.

"We understand Michael will now serve on the Isle of Wight Council as an independent. We thank Michael for his hard work on behalf of Ryde residents and wish him all the best for the future."

He said there were 18 Green Party members serving on Island town and parish councils.