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."