Harrow Labour Group splits, as several councillors form “Independent Labour Group”

May 8, 2013 1:03 pm

Nine councillors have left Harrow Labour Group to form an “Independent Labour Group”, it has emerged. After Councillor David Perry successfully challenged council leader Thaya Idaikkadar at the group’s AGM – taking control of the Labour Group, the local party has been split – leading to today’s announcement of a breakaway Labour Group.

Labour previously had 34 councillors in the Labour Group, with 25 Tory councillors – so a breakaway group potentially puts Harrow Council in to No Overall Control.

Cllr Krishna James, chairperson of the Independent Labour Group told us this afternoon:

“It is with great regret that we have to form the Independent Labour Group. It was impossible to ignore the lack of fairness, equality and justice and attempts to resolve matters have not been successful. The Independent Labour Group subscribes to Labour values and its members remain members of the Labour Party.”

We’ll bring you more on this when we have it.

Update: Thanks to the Harrow Observer – here’s the list of the 9 councillors who have split away from the Labour Group, and the current political make-up of Harrow Council:

Thaya Idaikkadar

Krishna James

Husain Akhtar

Asad Omar

Nana Asante

Zarina Khalid

Raj Ray

Nizam Ismail

Mano Dharmarajah

HARROW COUNCIL’S POLITICAL MAKE-UP:

Labour 25

Conservative 25

Independent Labour 9

Independent 3

Liberal Democrat 1

  • David Levene

    “its members remain members of the Labour Party”

    Not for long!

  • Chilbaldi

    Ah AWS. That totally subtle and always approved of tool.

  • MarkHoulbrook

    Independent Labour Group. That is very interesting indeed.
    Does this mean that local MPs can be challenged and if not successful a new social democratic movement can be formed, be it independent by its members.

  • Alexwilliamz

    Strange. One presumes the challenge wa democratic, but was it councillor votes or member votes? Either a split does no one good.

  • Daniel Speight

    Was this a split along ethnic lines?

    • ravi

      yep , it follows from OBV report earlier this year which stated it is now more likely that in 2015 there will be more BME MP’s in the tory party then Labour.
      This follows that Labour have not selected a single BME for 2015. This has been true in inner city urban areas like Harrow,Brent,Camden etc were Labour’s cabinets have been mainly white. This has been in the making for some and it follows Brent which BME councillors took over ousting white leadership. The logical step will be the BME groups will oust there White MP.
      Many BME waited for 15-20 years as loyal labour supporters but having not be acknowledged from top down are now going its own way as Ind Lab.

      • jaydeepee

        As they feel no longer able to operate under the Labour whip they must resign it, surely?

  • Anthropologist

    Judging by names and photographs all the Independent Labour people are from ethnic minority groups while the remaining Labour councillors seem 16 white to 9 ethnic minority. Make of that what you will.

  • Alexwilliamz

    And I thought it was all about public service and not waiting for one’s turn at the levers of power. how outrageous.

  • rct

    Husain Akhtar was previously in the Tory group and swapped after they lost power. Which is what this is all about in the end.

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