Should there be a By-Election?
Official news that Cllr Neil Plummer has left the Independent Group and “gone-over” to Mebyon Kernow. Anyone in the know that this was one of the worse kept secrets at County Hall. In fact, it’s not the first time this has happened. He did the same about a week after being elected to Kerrier DC.
I like Neil, no question about that. I do how ever have a slight problem over him changing sides. I would have the same problem with anyone changing sides are being elected to a certain party, or as a stand alone. If you stand under one colour, but then change your mind, at least you should have a by-election to make sure the people you represent are happy with this after all you are elected by them. You could ask people in the street, but you are hardly going to be able to ask everyone.
The same happens when MP’s cross the floor. They just take up their new seat on the other side of the chamber. It leaves their local party who supported them annoyed to say the least. I would be also annoyed if I had elected someone because I believe in what they stood for, and the party they were representing and then suddenly they twitched sides. Its just not cricket.
As I said before if you do have an issue with your current party, or the direction they are going in sure leave, but have the decency to stand at a by-election under your new colours. I know I would if I suddenly wished to join a political party.
I wish Neil all the best in his new party. I am sure he will feel right at home as the other 3 MK Councillors are decent folk who I have found hard working and dedicated. I just have the issue over not having a by-election. I hear also (though only a rumour) that other Cllrs from other parties/groups are weighing up their option to a move to the other-side.
Here are the links to two other Bloggers who have posted something on this