Amanda De Ryk, formerly the LibDem councillor for the Blackheath ward has resigned from the LibDems to join Labour. Press release is here, and her (very quiet) twitter account is @AmandadeRyk.
Lewisham council’s website listing local councillors hasn’t reflected the changes yet.
Filed under blackheath, lewisham, politics
Tagged as Amanda de Ryk, blackheath, councillor, labour, lewisham, liberal democrat, ward
disgraceful – if councillors swap parties there should be a by-election so they can hope to retake their seat, in fact it should be a moral obligation, unfortunately politicians seldom have moral judgement . . .
Local elections should be about local politics, not national issues. I reluctantly voted Labour at the General Election but backed this lady locally because I wanted someone local, feisty and outside the traditional cabal. I will not support her again. I will lookfor another outsider.
All her arguments about shifting loyalties to better drive local issues are specious. She could back the Labour line without betraying Liberal voters. I suspect she is more worried about a collapse of Lib support in the election. Rodents and sinking ships spring to mind.
I am generally a Labour voter, but completely agree that if a politician wishes to change parties mid-term they should stand for re-election.
I happen to agree with her views on the coalition, but she is meant to represent local people locally and they should be given a chance to agree or disagree with her principles.
It’s an odd coincidence that it’s happened right after the demise of her pet project to develop Eliot Pits.
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