Group scheduled to appear on Socialist Telly this evening
A group of eight Liverpool councillors have formed an official independent group on the city’s council in opposition to the cuts the current mayor is forcing through on behalf of the Tory-imposed – and Starmer-welcomed – commissioners.
Councillors Alan Gibbons, Alison Clarke, Rona Heron, Joanne Calvert – the daughter of former Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson – and Alfie Hinks have joined forces with three others, including former Lord Mayor Anna Rothery, who had already left Labour in disgust at Keir Starmer’s war on members, on party democracy and on Liverpool itself, as well at the entrenched racism of the Labour right.
The councillors all voted in February against the sweeping cuts to vital services budgeted by mayor Joanne Anderson and the council leadership, who are following their party leader’s line in welcoming the appointment of Tory commissioners to swing the axe. The group is just four councillors short of forming the official opposition on the council.
Councillors in the group said that they refused to vote to make life more difficult for the residents they represent and that the party was letting them and local people down in its eagerness to cooperate with the Tories’ assault on the city. Keir Starmer has mounted his own war on Liverpool since conning his way into the leader’s chair, writing for the hated Murdoch S*n, interfering in candidate selections, disenfranchising local members and appointing a ‘Liverpool officer’ who had left Labour to campaign for the now-defunct and always politically-bankrupt Change UK, known to many as the ‘funny Tinge’ party because of racist comments by founding members.
The members of the new group are scheduled to appear on Socialist Telly this evening from 8pm. Watch on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and participate in the show via the comments on Facebook and YouTube.
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