Two days into 2008 and it isn't going too well for the Lib Dems


Today, a Lib Dem councillor on Manchester City Council joins the Conservatives. This gives us representation for the first time since 1996. Cllr. Faraz Bhatti, who also stood as the Liberal Democrat PPC for Stretford & Urmston in 2005, will be a councillor until 2011. Said Cllr. Bhatti:

“David Cameron has brought the Conservative Party back to the centre ground of British politics. Like me, he believes in spreading opportunity and giving people a real say over their own lives. Across the country, only the Conservatives can be the change that Britain needs. Here, in Manchester, people are crying out for change. The ‘Punch and Judy’ politics of the current parties is not in the best interests of this city. Manchester needs a real opposition to question the decisions of the Labour Council. The Liberal Democrats have, I’m afraid, become inward looking and too protective of their own positions in the Town Hall.”

There's not a single mention on Lib Dem Voice - the website that frequently inform us of parish councillors 'defecting' to them. Fancy!

And Guido reports that a £millionaire, who gave the party over £400,000, bought, sorry was elevated to the Lords by people who claimed a.) not to know him and b.) how much he gave to party coffers. Both claims are totally untrue. Will, as Guido asks, Chris Huhne be contacting "Yates of the Yard" to investigate this possible ‘Cash for Peerages’ scandal? Again, nothing on Lib Dem Voice...

Meanwhile, local Lib Dems in Haringey are furious that their MP was sacked from their self-styled "shadow cabinet" by Nick Clegg for running Chris Huhne's campaign. One told Hunter a number of local Lib Dem members - known as Featherstonites - viewed their new leader action as being "nasty, petty, spiteful and vindictive".

It couldn't happen to a nicer party. Happy New Year!

5 comments:

Gavin F said...

Great news for Manchester and a great start to the new year for David Cameron!

Calamity Clegg's promise of 150 MPs within 2 elections is looking to be faltering already. The Dims are definitely in for a squeeze at this year's elections.

Anonymous said...

How can you suggest That 'Dr' Pack would be so churlish as not to mention this news. Said Cllr was elected in 2007 so he has not defected because of deselection. He was also LD PPC in 2005 in Stretford & Urmston
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1030231_defection_puts_tory_in_town_hall

Anonymous said...

Unlikely that any Liberal Democrats are furious for Lynne Featherstone being sacked from the Shadow Cabinet. That'd be because her new job is in the Shadow Cabinet too. Let's hope you get better with your facts as the year goes on :-)

Anonymous said...

Faraz Bhatti is an arrogant man. He needs to stand down as a councillor. how can the he stand as a torie councillor i do not understand? we voted for him, as a liberal democrat not as conservatives. we have been conned. something needs to be done about this! i will not be voting again, as i feel strongly about this!

Ellee Seymour said...

Yes, good news for Manchester. If I remember rightly, the Lib Dem blogs were equally silent after Nick Clegg was elected as leader. He's been very quiet since, come to think of it.