NOT in Camden. Don’t worry Lib Dems, Flick Rea has not crossed the floor. But over the borough boundary in Haringey, it’s surely a bit of a loss for the party to see Sarah Elliott head for the exit door and take up with Labour. She had once led the party in Haringey, where of course not so long ago the Lib Dems had enough support in the borough to return Lynne Featherstone as one of its MPs before she was bundled out of parliament by Catherine West.
You don’t need me to tell you that Labour councillors in Haringey are licking their lips on this one; sometimes you get the impression that they hate the Lib Dems more than the Tories in that part of the world due to the unhealed scars of electoral clashes there.
“It has become increasingly clear to me the Liberal Democrats on Haringey Council have been too fast to talk our area down and too slow to put together an alternative sensible, strategic and relevant policy platform for local people as we fight against this Tory government,” Cllr Elliott, who represents Crouch End, said today. “I am someone who cares passionately about social justice and I was very proud to have been appointed as Haringey’s disability champion earlier this year. But the truth is that I cannot put that passion into practice on the Lib Dem benches.”
She adds: “I can no longer sit on the opposition benches as a Lib Dem heckling from the sidelines and failing to provide a positive alternative vision of the future for the people of Haringey.” The statement goes on and on and on… although doesn’t mention Jeremy Corbyn anywhere. Instead, she says she’s been inspired by new London mayor Sadiq Khan.