Burnley Lib Dem breaks ranks over teen drink plans

One Lib Dem candidate has already broken ranks over the party’s plans to lower the legal drinking age to 16. Today’s Lancashire Evening Telegraph reports: THE LIBERAL Democrats’ parliamentary hopeful in Burnley is at odds with his party bosses over teen drinking. Gordon Birtwistle, former mayor and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate said he would … Read more

Yet More Defections

On Tuesday Macclesfield Borough Councillor Chris Wellavize announced his decision to quit the Lib Dems and join the Conservatives. His decision is another major blow to the divided Lib Dems and follows Councillor Muriel Clampett’s decision to quit the Lib Dems and sit as an independent back in January.

Defections Update

In Stockwell a former Lib Dem by-election candidate Ros Munday has left the yellow party and rejoined Labour. In Havant Lib Dem Councillor Ron Purkis has joined the ruling Conservative group. Meanwhile in Bexley Lib Dem Councillor and 2005 parliamentary candidate Nick O’Hare has defected to the Conservatives. Interestingly, the local Lib Dems are calling … Read more

Another Defection in Islington

Former Lib Dem Mayor of Islington Cllr Joan Coupland has left the party and joined Labour, reports the Islington Gazette. She accused the Lib-Dems of running a “dictatorial regime” and claimed they were “failing to listen” to residents, especially the elderly. “I’ve been a Lib-Dem most of my life so this has not been an … Read more

Camden Cllr Leaves Lib Dems For Labour

Camden councillor Jonathan Simpson – former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Highgate, Lib Dem GLA candidate for the Barnet and Camden constituency in 2004 and until now Lib Dem group whip in Camden – has left the yellow party to join Labour: I have been increasingly disillusioned with the effectiveness and seriousness of … Read more