A Labour councillor in Haringey, Cllr Brian Haley, has defected to the Lib Dems. Given that this is surely the worst Council in Britian it is not surprising that the ruling Labour Group should face such difficulties. Cllr Haley has noted that Haringey has been rated the worst Council in London.
But there are a couple of oddities about Cllr Haley's move. First of all he was a Cabinet Member for the Environment until his resignation, so does he not share some of the blame for Haringey's failures? Also it was only last month that one of the Lib Dem councillors Cllr Laura Edge complained he had made an "unacceptable" and "sexist" remark. He had said she was "a bit like a trifle, very sweet, very lightweight."
Cllr Edge said it was "unacceptable" for the Labour Party to have a member who "took such an attitude to women." So now he has left… and joined her in the Lib Dems.