MICHELLE WISEMAN has quit the Tory party.
She will now become an independent councillor.
The unsuccessful parliamentary candidate for Bury South in 2010 said national politics played no part in her decision.
She told the Jewish Telegraph that she did not want to go into specific reasons but had become uncomfortable with "certain policy decisions" made by Bury council.
Mrs Wiseman, 51, who is chief executive of Manchester Jewish Community Care, admitted the problems had been "ongoing".
The Pilkington Ward councillor continued: "I no longer felt I could support the group in its current format.
"I can still do my job effectively as an independent without the Conservative whip and I will not join another party."
She added: "I had already discounted standing for Parliament in 2015 and my priority now is to focus on serving the local people.
"Ivan Lewis is a good constituency MP and neither he nor national Conservative policy had anything to do with the difficult decision I have made."