As there are around 4,300 Lib Dem councillors in the country it is astonishing that so few of them have defected to the Labour Party (or the Green Party) in protest at the coalition Government. But two of them in Exeter have. Cllr Rob Hannaford and his civil partner Cllr Adrian Hannford are now Labour councillors.

But Labour celebrations must be rather muted. One of their group, Cllr Connel Boyle, has quit to become an independent in protest.