by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2007
A Lib Dem councillor has defected to Labour in Oxford, the fourth defection from the group in 15 months – two to Labour, two to the Independents (who later became Tories). Oxford city council is currently run as a Lib Dem minority administration.
Declaration of interest: I’m a member of the Lib Dem group in Oxford (with no intention of defecting, I hasten to add). One thing unites all four defections – they were without warning, and had nothing to do with policy disagreements raised within the group. Defections are motivated by many things; sadly, it seems rarely to be much to do with politics, nor the wishes of the voters.