Lee Anderson, an Ashfield councillor who is also centrist Labour MP Gloria de Piero’s office manager, has defected to the Tory party along with a council colleague.
Anderson – pictured below with disgraced Tory MP Ben Bradley – and his colleague have cited Momentum as their reason for the desertion.
The move serves to underline the reality of the people who have managed to embed themselves in the Labour Party at local-government level – and to expose the nonsense of the recent portrayal of removed ‘centrist’ councillors in Haringey and elsewhere as good Labour politicians who are the victim of ‘purges’.
Any Labour councillor or office-holder at any level who could even think of putting on a Tory rosette never had any place in the party at all, let alone holding office on behalf of Labour.
With the resignations yesterday at Labour’s Southside HQ, the party is at last divesting itself of some of the people who have been impeding its progress and impetus as an alternative party of government rather than helping.
Ms de Piero has been contacted for comment about the departure and her recruitment policies.
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