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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Defection to Labour of Tory Council Leader

Some good news from south Essex: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/7964803.stm

"An Essex Conservative council leader has quit his party and joined Labour.
Terry Hipsey blamed the Conservatives' taxation policies for his decision, as well as Prime Minister Gordon Brown's handling of the recession.
His defection gives the two parties at Thurrock Council parity with 23 seats each, with two independents and one BNP councillor."


Blogger Silent Hunter said...


A rat deserting a lifeboat to join the sinking ship!

Labour are simply a corrupt bunch of crooks who are going to be annihilated at the coming General Election.

11:57 pm, March 25, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can the Tories inheritance tax proposals give hundreds of thousands to millionares?

The millionaire would be dead!

They can’t enjoy the cash six foot under!!!

2:41 am, March 26, 2009

Anonymous Arnold said...

Hee hee hee! Shows Cameron is not as popular as he thinks. So Labour are a 'corrupt bunch of crooks' eh? Here's my two word reply - Neil Hamilton!

10:12 am, March 26, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millionaires know all the tricks of how to leave money without paying any tax on it thereby creating more millionaires even before they're dead. They've usually managed to avoid any tax by exploiting any loophole whereas those of us fortunate enough to have inherited a bit due to a parent's house being sold after death end up giving the taxman a goodly portion of the inheritance.

1:15 pm, March 26, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke, perhaps it's worth pointing out that the the Tory administration now relies on the BNP councillor to keep itself in power. I understand that the two independents abstained but the BNP voted with the Tories.

I wonder what the Tories offered to win her vote?

1:53 pm, March 26, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how many Chief Executives has the new member of the Labour Group got through in the last few years?

6:42 pm, March 26, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

How about Labours tax policy? How are they going to repay the trillion £££s borrowed.....taxing those earning over 45k a year won't make anywhere near enough.

Labour are going to have to tax the working classes and they won't like you one bit for it.

8:45 pm, March 26, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

This was not the working class crisis yet we are expected to pay for it!

There is not much difference between Tories and Labour, the Lib/Dems are another Tory party too.

There needs to be a Workers party, if the Labour party did not have so much right wing crap in it that would have been it?

8:55 pm, March 26, 2009

Blogger Merseymike said...

Its interesting. Thurrock has tended to have very far-right Tory representation - such as their former MP Tim Janman - I do think that much of the Cameron make-over is very skin deep. The right wing haven't gone away

11:03 am, March 27, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the same Terry Hipsey I know and lived just around the corner from me?

The gun owning blood sports enthusiast who spends every spare moment with his two gun dogs blowing birds from the sky?

Whom I believe is also moving to Norfolk?

7:02 pm, March 27, 2009

Anonymous No one else has said...

As much as I enjoy seeing the Tories getting a hard time, there should be limits to how much political capital we try to squeeze out of these defection stories.

I was in Leeds last year when a Libdem councilor had defected to the party.

The local party then dedicated both side of an A4 leaflet to the story and even had a picture of the pratt shaking hands with Hillary Benn.

It looked like he was the latest signing to the Labour Party Football Club.

With the exception of a couple of 'pothole politics' stories there was nothing on the leaflet that defined a single political difference between the Labour Party and the Liberals.

This is just petty. It is surely one of many reasons why people don’t trust politicians.

Luke, the story is an important one to report as it shows a serious lack of judgment amongst the South Essex Tories who selected him as leader. Unfortunately we appear to have accepted him with open arms. Some people will defend this on the grounds that it was an issue about who controls the council. Those would probably be the same fools who argue that Labour marginal authorities should consider making coalitions with the Tories.

10:32 pm, March 30, 2009


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