Lib Dem councillor switches to Labour

News from Richmond:

A Liberal Democrat councillor has defected to Labour in support of Jeremy Corbyn, becoming Richmond’s first Labour councillor in more than 13 years.

Teddington Councillor Jennifer Churchill, partner of the borough’s former Lib Dem leader and fellow Councillor Stephen Knight, said new party leader Tim Farron “doesn’t seem to stand for anything”.

She also criticised her former party for “parroting Tory economic propaganda”.

Stephen Knight is also a member of the Lib Dem group on the London Assembly. Voting has now finished in the (re)selection of Lib Dem candidates for the London Assembly list although the results have not yet been published pending the finalisation of the period for appeals and so on.

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