Alan Dobbie's defection: comment

Commenting on the defection of Cllr Alan Dobbie from Labour, Cllr Robert Gorrie, Haringey Liberal Democrat leader, says:

“Cllr Dobbie’s choice to become the lone representative of a party that came fourth in the last election in Haringey shows that he is not only turning his back on Labour but also on local politics.

“This resignation must be a wake up call for Labour over allowances. They need to clean up their act and start putting local people ahead of their own financial gain.”

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, adds:

“Last year’s Mayor abandoning Haringey Labour in the middle of the crisis in Children’s Services and the borough’s finances is proof of the council leadership in disarray.

“At the next council election the choice for local residents will remain between a fresh start with the Liberal Democrats or more of the same with Labour.”