STOP PRESS (added friday evening) - a sixth councillor of a previously Lib Dem flavour has boldly gone where so few Lib Dems have been before - principle and self-respect - and resigned from the Lib Dem group. Amazingly this is one of the crimper Cllr Greg Couzens's own team. Councillor Todd. As pictured below. A seventh councillor - who I would personally not touch with a proverbial is apparently negotiating for a "free" to Labour. There may be more.
STOP PRESS (added Saturday 8.00) Lib Dem Group and currently Council Leader Irene Davidson is now reported to be dealing with cancer rather than a merely "routine" kidney removal as the rebel Lib Dem cabal led by society crimper Gregory "no holds barred" Couzens attempted to give her the heave-ho. Not as nice as they make out these Lib Dems, are they?
So far the Manchester Lib Dem group have only lost one councillor to independence - Kenny Dobson (ring name "Dobby Dulux" in reference to his bright colour choices in boxing apparrel) - and they have been putting a brave face on the collossal loss of this veteran fighter and inveterate grafter. Are more to follow? Will there be a "Didsbury Declaration for Self Preservation"?
STOP PRESS (Sunday 22:43) Word is second de-selection may in fact be to allow the Old Etonian former Conservative defector William Hobhouse a clearer run at re-election, rather than to boost Angela Coric.
FIVE - count 'em - Rochdale Lib Dems are resigned to life in the self-imposed cold following a tumultuous meeting on Wednesday evening (17 November). Rochdale online has some of the details HERE. What Cyril Smith's favourite digital organ does not report:
Here's a taste of the situation - as reported by Rochdale Online _ from Cllr Pat Lynch, seen above with the Lynch mob hubby Ted and colleague Peter Davison (no relation):
Councillor Pat Flynn added: “I am dismayed with the broken promises, especially by the deputy prime minister in relation to university tuition fees.
“I am dismayed by the local leadership and I don’t like the direction the Lib Dems are going in.
“I was quite upset last night but I feel happy about my decision now.”
Councillor Pat Flynn said she understands there are more Liberal Democrat councillors who are considering resigning.
“As you can imagine it was quite a bitter meeting,” said Pat Flynn, “I will now sit as an independent Councillor. I have always said my first concern is Castleton – not the Liberal Democrats.”
The disgraceful would be demon barber Greg Couzens (rear) is pictured below with two of his models - Councillors Clegg and Todd (no relation) - loyal to the slithering parsel-tongued crimper. For the moment at least.
Even without the often drunken Heywood slimeball David Hennigan - sacked by Paul Rowen over one intoxicating embarrassment too many - now working for John Leech and Manchester Lib Dems with an immediate visible effect on their by-election fortunes and horrid nastiness - Rochdale Lib Dems are capable of quite extraordinary chaotic lifestyles and self-destructive behaviour. Watch this space.