Sunday, May 11, 2008
Playing footsie with Labour on the GLA
After my last post about Nick Clegg refusing to play footsie with the other parties, imagine my shock and horror to learn that our GLA members are doing just that! Newly elected Liberal Democrat members Dee Doocey, Mike Tuffrey and Caroline Pidgeon have supported Jeanette Arnold as Chair. This is the same Jeannette Arnold, who was quoted after the elections last week saying “I think Emily (Thornberry) is right to suggest that it will be Labour versus the Conservatives in Islington. The Lib Dems were fourth in the party vote. That is cause for concern for them. This was a bad week for Labour, but not in North East.” Clearly this has an impact on the local parties, with two target seats and no representation on the GLA to ensure their views were considered before this decision was taken. I do hope it doesn't come back and bite them in the bottom.