Tuesday, 21 July 2009

By-election latest: Brighton Politics Blog reports that Labour hopes for a Tory win in Goldsmid

There's been much speculation about what will happen at Brighton and Hove City Council following Thursday's by-election in the Goldsmid ward of Hove.

Much of it has centred on whether, in the event of a Labour or Green win, the resulting 26 councillors (or 28 with the two Lib-Dems) will be able to work together to defeat the Tories, who will try to cling on to minority power with their 25 remaining councillors.

Personally, I'm not a fan of formal coalitions. They always end in tears, imho, but our priority now must be to win the by-election and then we'll see what happens next.

Personally, I think we should invite Labour to adopt our local manifesto, and make sure as much of the council's business as possible (and certainly the question of which minority party (ies) form the administration) is decided by council (and not the Tories single party cabinet) as possible. But I await guidance from party members!

In any event, perhaps the most bizarre election story of the last few days has to be the prediction from the widely-read Brighton Politics Blog, that Labour are so petrified of having to deal with a Green Party win that they're hoping the Tories hang on. Don't they care at all about the future of this city? Not for the first time this week, the mind truly boggles.

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