Two More Councillors Quit York Labour Party
6:43pm 9th October 2014
(Updated 7:26pm 9th October 2014)
Two more councillors have resigned from the York Labour Party this evening, removing the party's majority in York.
Councillors David Scott and Ken King made the announcement in a dramatic Council meeting.
You can listen to Councillor King's resignation statement below:
York's Labour Council leader James Alexander has said he wishes them both the best for the future.
You can hear his response to the resignations below:
Until this evening, there were 23 Labour councillors on the city council and 23 councillors from the Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent groups. A council by-election in Westfield next week could have given the Labour Party a majority.
Now councillors Scott and King have left Labour, the party is on 21 councillors, with 10 Conservatives, 8 Liberal Democrats, 2 Greens and 5 Independents. It means the party lacks a majority by 4 councillors, which will be three councillors if the party wins the Westfield by-election next week.
David Scott and Ken King both represent the Clifton ward, where their fellow representative Helen Douglas switched from Labour to the Conservatives last month. All three were not re-selected as candidates by the York Labour Party as candidates during the party's recent selection process for next May's elections.
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