One third of Hackney Lib Dem Group joins Labour
I had the great pleasure as Chief Whip of welcoming a new councillor to the Hackney Labour Group today.
Cllr Joseph Stauber, who has represented Cazenove Ward in Stamford Hill since 2002, has joined Labour having become disillusioned with the oppositionalist stance being taken by the Lib Dems and wanting to be part of the Labour team improving Hackney.
The move means the council's composition is now:
Labour - 45 + the elected Mayor
Conservative - 9
Lib Dem - 2
Green - 1
Cllr Stauber's decision is extremely important in terms of building Labour's relationship with the Chassidic Jewish community, the largest ethnic minority group in the four Stamford Hill wards won by the Tories and Lib Dems in the 2006 elections.
We are delighted about his brave decision and think that he will be a huge asset to the Labour Group, helping us to work with and respond more effectively to the specific needs of the Chassidic community.