Notts County Council leader Coun Alan Rhodes, has expressed his disappointment at Ian Campbell’s decision to resign from the Labour party.
Coun Campbell will now serve the Retford West ward at County Hall as an Independent.
His decision to quit the Labour party means Labour have lost their overall majority at County Hall with the council now under no overall control, although Labour remains the largest party.
“We are deeply disappointed that Ian Campbell has decided to not continue to support Labour in our fight to safeguard important services that people in Notts rely upon in face of Government cuts to county council funding,” said Coun Rhodes.
“Local people need Labour voices standing up for them now, more than they ever have.”
“Ian Campbell’s decision is especially disappointing coming only months after he was elected as Labour councillor for Retford West and just over 12 months after being elected as a Labour county councillor.”
“Being a Labour councillor is a responsible position that requires commitment and dedication in these challenging financial times as well as the ability to make difficult decisions about the future delivery of services to our communities.”
“Only Labour is standing up for a fairer settlement for people in Notts and we will continue to do so. We remain the largest political group on the Council and by retaining our resolve and strength of purpose,we can and will continue to lead the Council with policies based on Labour principles and values on behalf of the people of Notts.”