Less than 12 months after taking over as the Leader of the Labour Group on the City of York Council Dafydd Williams has resigned.
He quotes personal reasons for the decision although it comes in the wake of an extraordinary few months of turmoil in the Labour party nationally.
Dafydd Williams, although far from being a favourite on the west of the City, was more moderate and inclined to be discursive than his predecessor (James Alexander) – qualities that a party needs after suffering a crushing electoral reverse.
It leaves the 14 strong Labour Group with a very thin field of potential replacement candidates. Many have only been members of the Council for a few weeks and lack the experience necessary to lead one of the larger political groupings.
Others are in an age range which means they are coming towards the end of their political careers.
Several experienced Labour Councillors, of course, resigned from the Labour Group in the run up to the last Council elections. Others were thrown out by the electorate
The upcoming internal election raises the intriguing prospect that the so called “£3 members” may, having elected the extreme left wing Corbyn to office nationally, try to do the same locally.
Step up any Councillors with a UNITE connection?
Councillor’s declarations of Trades Union and other membership can be found on the Councils web site.
So perhaps, in future, we can expect a few more questions to the Executive from “Malcolm of Tang Hall”
NB One Tory Councillor, upon being told the news, announced that a £3 investment in associate Labour membership looked to be a bargain if it meant that he could vote Cllr Crisp into the vacancy.