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Labour Councillor Defects to the Conservatives

Cllr Linda Kelly

A Labour Councillor on the London Borough of Hackney has crossed the floor to join the Conservatives. Cllr Linda Kelly is an experienced Councillor who has represented Leabridge ward for nine years but has decided to turn her back on her former colleagues.

The defection increases the Conservative Group from 4 to 5 Councillors, leaving labour still firmly in control with 49 Councillors and the Lib Dems with 3.


May 19, 2011 - Posted by | National


  1. Hackney! Who gives a damn! I thought you meant READING where such a defection would completely change the dynamic and could keep Labour from running RBC as a minority administration. Please Richard don’t excite readers with retreads from CH.

    Comment by steve foley | May 19, 2011 | Reply

  2. Well if this person is going to turn coat, that’s up to her. I think that no one on ether side will trust her. People of that type will never know what coat to put on, probably Clr Linda Kelly has a coat of many colours, she even might have a flat cap, just to be on the safe side

    Comment by Paula du Luc | May 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. From the Hackney Gazette:

    In a statement following cllr Kelly’s move after the council’s AGM this week a party spokeswoman said: “It’s a shame for Cllr Linda Kelly that she has decided to join the Conservative Party, following nine years as a Labour councillor in Hackney.

    “Cllr Linda Kelly wanted to become the Speaker of Hackney for a second time, and in a recent election, Labour councillors chose another councillor for the civic post. Linda was not happy with this outcome and it seems that she decided she could no longer continue as a Labour councillor.”

    Comment by Jonny | May 20, 2011 | Reply

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