Thursday, 20 February 2014

Defection Watch: Two Southwark Councillors Join New "All People's Party"

Two Councillors in Southwark have joined a new political party, the "All People's Party".

The All People's Party was reportedly formed by a local former Labour activist, Prem Goyal OBE, after he failed in his attempt to be selected as Labour's candidate for the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency in the upcoming general election, a presently Lib Dem seat held by Simon Hughes MP.  Its deputy leader is a former Lib Dem and later Labour councillor from the borough, Ade Lasaki.

Labour Cllr Althea Smith (Nunhead ward) and ex-Labour Independent Cllr Stephen Govier (South Camberwell ward) have become the first councillors to represent the new party, which intends to stand candidates in May's local elections across London.  Smith had been de-selected by Labour ahead of these elections, while Govier achieved national notoriety after it emerged he had a past gun crime conviction from the USA, resulting in him leaving the Labour Party in 2011.

Labour remain in majority control of the council, though that majority is reduced from 5 to 3.

New council composition:
Labour - 33 (-1)
Lib Dems - 25
Conservative - 3
All People's Party - 2 (+2)
Independents - 0 (-1)

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