Labour Councillor Crosses Floor to the Conservatives
A Midlands Labour Councillor has turned his back on Ed Miliband’s party and crossed the floor to join the Conservatives. Councillor David James, who was elected to represent the Abbey North ward in 2012, has decided to become a member of Daventry District Council’s ruling Conservative Group.
Councillors do change party from time to time but it is often related to local squabbles. In this case Cllr James cites Europe and the economy as his principal reasons. He also took a swipe at Ed Miliband’s leadership of the party on a day when polls show that most people don’t think that Miliband has what it takes to become Prime Minister.
He said, “I haven’t been happy with the Labour Party nationally since the general election. I believe the current leadership of the party and course it has embarked upon is somewhere I don’t want to go and I don’t believe it will be good for the country.”
Cllr James continued, “I am a euro sceptic and I believe there are only two parties that offer the UK a say on Europe and it boils down to who has the most realistic chance.”
Leader of Daventry District Council’s Conservative party, Cllr Chris Millar, said he was delighted to welcome Cllr James as a new member. He said, “David is a very good councillor who has plenty of common sense. He comes across as a nice, sensible guy with a lot to give. I am very happy to welcome him as a Conservative.”