JAMES Alexander has tonight dramatically quit as leader of City of York Council as the local Labour Party’s turmoil continues.
Cllr Alexander is also stepping down as York Labour leader after four years in the post, to take up a new role with Ed Miliband and the national Labour Party, and he will leave the council completely at next May’s election.
He made the announcement just hours after opposition councillors announced they would call for a vote of no confidence in him, however his departure was clearly pre-planned…
Labour has suffered five defections in little over two years, losing its majority at Guildhall, and those who quit Labour have consistently attacked Cllr Alexander’s leadership style.
And not to mention a little landslide by-election defeat.