Right, right, right, right; marching the wrong way – a Lib Dem strategy for dealing with UKIP

In some quarters it will be seen as further confirmation of just how close the Liberal Democrats are to their national coalition partners. I refer, of course, to the news that the Chair of Rochford District Council, Cllr June Lumley, has switched parties (from yellow to blue).

I find her reasoning rather weak. She is quoted as saying ” I want to work with our local MP Mark Francois and his fellow councillors to help resist UKIP”.

I cannot understand how she thinks the best way to resist the right-wing party is to move her politics to the right. Does she really believe that in this instance it is best to fight fire with fire?

This increases the Tories majority in the council chamber to thirteen.

26 Conservative
5 Rochford District Residents
3 UKIP
2 Liberal Democrat
2 Green
1 Labour

I am not immune to typos, but on checking the Rochford District Liberal Democrat website for this news I had to chuckle when I saw they misspelt their own party’s name: We heard from our Lib Den colleague June Lumley today

On another note, I am perplexed as to how June can be a chairman – surely a chairwoman, or just ‘chair’? This on the Rochford District Council site, as well as in the Southend Echo and onlineFOCUS.

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One Response to Right, right, right, right; marching the wrong way – a Lib Dem strategy for dealing with UKIP

  1. Especially ironic, given that Mark Francois was at one point a rumoured defector-to-be to UKIP.

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