The Tories are now poised to take control of the council from what is now a minority Labour administration. However, with local elections not far off they could wait for the outcome.
Local Labour MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, denounced Cllr Meadows - "This is nothing but a barefaced career move from Anne, she wasn't selected to be a candidate for Labour at the upcoming election, so she has betrayed the party for her own self preservation". Quite right Lloyd, the opposite of your Parliamentary colleagues who are just so desperate to leave your disgusting party they are sacrificing their careers by becoming short-lived independents.
|Cllr Anne Meadows (right) is welcomed by Cllr Mary Mears of the Conservatives|
Tory MP Maria Caulfield just raised the Brighton defection in PMQs. Watch Corbyn's face as she bemoans the anti-Semitism of his Momentum footsoldiers!