Liberal Democrats gain outright control of Portsmouth Council

The Liberal Democrats have been running Portsmouth as a minority administration, but now – following the switch of three councillors to the party – there is an overall majority, making it the first time since 2000 that one party has had a majority.

Of the three councillors to switch, one is Lee Hunt (who had previously left the Conservatives) and the other two are independents Jason Fazackarley (former Labour Lord Mayor) and Leo Madden (former Labour Leader of Portsmouth Council).

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  • No, it’s not just you as I share your concerns. Defectors should be viewed with suspicion until they prove themselves. A party worth its salt should demand of members that they share its values.

    Sometimes jumping ship is the right thing & a principled decision, but what was going through Saj Karrim’s head, for example?

    As with so much else in politics & life, you should tread carefully.

  • David Morton 21st Jan '09 - 7:31am

    I think tis article is fair enought as its about a big council comming under majority control. However one of the things that finaly sent me over the edge on Liberal Democrat News was the absurd treatment of very defector as some sort of triumph when we all know it often isn’t. Indeed the proces goes both ways. We frequently lose people the other way. A case in point was the recent artilce about a Northhamptonshire Tory councillor dfecing to the Lib Dems. Very recently a LD North Yorks Couny councillor, sitting constituiency chair and former PPC went to the Tories.

    What does either prove ? That if a country has 22000 principal local auhority councillors and that that role is difficult to recruit to then occassionall some people will get hacked off with collegues.

    I wouldn’t want to name names but I know of one case where a Lib Dem councillor went Labour after a trully awful episode, then after 4 months he went Independent being eually awful to them. You’d think we’d just taget is eat and say good riddence but the courtship of him about a return began immeadiately. he was even given a copy of the group whip at council meetings copied on a differnt coloured paper.

    basically when control of a council is at sake all critical facilities are switched off.

  • Painfully Liberal 21st Jan '09 - 9:36am

    As an activist I can’t help but feel a certain antipathy towards defectors as I feel a certian empathy with the people who worked towards getting them elected.

    They may have liked the candidates personally, but still there will be people who put a lot of effort into campaigning for these people to a large extent because they wanted Conservative Councillors returned. I’m sure I’d feel pretty annoyed if a candidate I’d campaigned for subsequently left the Lib Dems.

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