Well how much worse can it get for Southport Conservatives as another councillor walks over to join the Socialist Republic of Bootle for that is what Sefton Labour Party really is.
Quite how someone can be a capitalist one day and a socialist the next I have never got my head around but Cllr. Tony Crabtree of Southport’s Cambridge Ward is the second Southport Tory councillor to make the journey from Tory to Labour in recent times.
The plight of Southport Tories reflects the problems of Maghull Labour who, like the Tories, can’t keep hold of councillors who have been elected under their flag.
In Southport 2 former Tory Leaders on Sefton Council have fallen out with their Party. One went independent the other to Labour; now Cllr. Crabtree has jumped the Southport Tory ship. In Maghull Labour have lost 8, yes 8, of their elected councillors to resignations in the past two and half years.
The best Labour could muster in the recent elections in Southport was 19% of the vote and that in only a couple of wards so it is likely that Cllr. Crabtree will sink without trace if he stands again there. Has he been promised a safe Labour seat down in the Socialist Republic of Bootle?
Will the last Conservative in Southport please turn out the lights in their Bath Street Southport HQ.