A PUNK rock band has been campaigning in support of a Redditch councillor who recently resigned as a member of the local Conservative group.

Political punk band Chaos Experience are backing independent councillor Juliet Brunner ahead of the county council elections next month - and have even released a song in support of her.

Councillor Brunner resigned the whip to become independent after she was not selected as a Conservative candidate to defend her Arrow Valley East.

Singer Steve Pound, aged 47, says he approves of her green ideas as well as her stance against Redditch Borough Council’s plans to turn Ipsley Meadow into a cemetery.

She is also opposed to the Mappleborough Green Woods housing development in Winyates Green.

Redditch Borough Council leader Matt Dormer and Jo Monk were selected as Conservative party candidates for the Arrow Valley East seat.

Mr Pound said: "She actually listens to the people where she serves and fights for what they want. That's what a councillor should be doing.

"I like her stance on the environment - she's defending the green belt. That's why I'm backing her."

Mr Pound previously launched a petition to get councillor Brunner reinstated as a Conservative candidate in the upcoming county council elections.

Chaos Experience released a punk song alongside the campaign in support of the councillor and to highlight the Ipsley Meadow issue.

The band is now focused on supporting her campaign as an independent to defend her Arrow Valley East seat.

"I think if she stands independent, people will vote for her," Mr Pound said.

The punk singer was formally a member of the Green Party, but says he too has gone independent.

He added: "You may well see me in the local elections next year."