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Labour Councillor Defects to Conservatives

Before the General Election there was quite a wave of defection of Councillors across the country to the Conservative Party. Many of these were from minority ethnic representatives. I am pleased to report that another Labour Councillor has joined that stream with Cllr Rakesh Pabbi down the M4 in Slough crossing the floor.

The Conservative Group on Slough Council now rises to 9 members. So come on Labour members of Reading Borough Council, you know it makes sense!


June 22, 2010 - Posted by | Local, National


  1. Is that the only way that you can see a Tory majority on RBC?

    Comment by Howard Thomas | June 23, 2010 | Reply

    • No! But it would speed things up 🙂

      Comment by Richard Willis | June 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. If it means obliterating Labour all together from RBC and Reading,yes! I mean Slough is a good indicator this defection for Labour support is withering away…

    Comment by Minnie | June 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. As if – we will see who gets obliterated when the council elections come along in April. Wonder how the stitched together coalition will look then?

    Comment by Fabio | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. ummm, you have a point Fabio, it is going to be interesting. Just one thing though, I think people by then would have come to their senses and actually come down in their expectations of the welfare state, which was costing them a bomb anyway, nicely hidden in those stealth taxes. In fact, they might realise they are better off, who knows. Rolling back the state is not a bad thing, Would even be better if we rolled back councillors, less of them, therefore less expenses for taxpayers, more money in our pockets. Surely you know what is best for you? not some bode sitting in a Council Office ticking boxes. That is irrelevant of a coalition or not. Just happens that more common ground these days between Libs and Cons than before. Reading has moved this way and I think it will remain. That is the reason it has been NOC since 2008.

    Comment by Minnie | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. From the recent polls, even after the Budget, it seems that the Conservatives are growing in popularity. Who knows what will happen in the autumn when the spending review decimates some government departmental spending programmes.

    Comment by Doodlebug | June 29, 2010 | Reply

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