Another result for Labour

colindeans2I WAS phoned early this morning with some very excellent news: Colin Deans, who was elected as an SNP councillor for a ward in my constiuency last year, has defected to Labour.

I can’t remember this happening before, though I’m sure it has at some point. I knew Colin before he was elected and even though he was in the SNP, I always had a high regard for him, as did many people in Pollokshaws, where he was a local community activist.

Interestingly, and perhaps significantly, Colin represents a part of Glasgow South that is also part of the Govan constituency of the natioanlists’ deputy leader, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

Don’t worry – I’m not going to start predicting the demise of the SNP and the resurgence of Labour. This is, after all, one defection, with no votes having changed hands (except one at the City Chambers, obviously). Still, it’s welcome news. Colin complained of being bullied by members of the nationalist group in Glasgow and now they’ve started throwing insults his way, as you would expect.

Divorce is never easy.

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4 responses to “Another result for Labour

  1. davidc

    in view of his reported complaint that he was being bullied by members of the nationalist group is he wise to get into the snake pit that is scottish nulab ?

  2. wrinkled weasel

    As an SNP supporter I don’t find it surprising because many of the core issues are proper, socialist issues and are held in common (if only some would be prepared to admit it). I have often speculated on whether Tom would join the SNP. My one experience of my local SNP councillor was very negative. I emailed him on behalf of someone in great need of help from social services. He did not even bother to reply.

  3. Chris' Wills

    No I know I’ve been away a long time and know nothing about how the UK electoral system works etc etc, as you kindly pointed out in an earlier comment, however:

    In theory, people vote for a person not a party so elected officials are free to change allegiance.
    However, is this how the electorate see it?

    As you’ll know, most people can’t name their MP and wouldn’t recognise them in a line up. They vote for a party, which is sad but true.

    So is the will of the people being thwarted by his move to the ruling party?
    As a moral (ethical if you’ve no morals), not a legal point, should he not resign and let the electorate decide if they want him or the representative of another party?

  4. INDYPAL

    Two words for you Tom.

    Good luck!

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