Cllr Yusuf Sidat, a Lib Dem councillor on Blackburn with Darwen Council, is living in India but still claiming his £6,000 a year allowance. Last year he was allowed back into the Lib Dem group after spending three months in India – they have now expelled him again.

Perhaps what would count for more than bobbing in and out of the Lib Dems – whose groups meetings he is unlikely to attend anyway – would be for the Council to cease paying his allowance.