Tonight at the end of the Labour group meeting to discuss the agenda for next Thursday's (19th January) Council meeting, Councillor Ian Driver resigned from the Labour group. It has been well known that there have been differences in opinion recently on some issues.
I am not going to be hypocritical and say that Ian should resign his seat after taking this course, but I am very disappointed that he has decided to walk away. All Labour Councillors were elected on the same manifesto last May and I hope that he considers this when making future decisions at Council. The phrase 'united we stand and divided we fall' comes to mind in this situation. Ian joined the Labour party and signed up to its values, but now by taking this action he has let down both the members of the Labour party who voted for him to be their candidate, and the members of the public that voted for him.