A Corby Borough Councillor has quit the Lib Dems and joined the Labour Party because Nick Clegg is ‘letting Corby down’.
Councillor Bob Riley has represented the Borough’s Rural West Ward since his election in May 2011. He said he originally joined the Lib Dems because he felt they could ‘deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society’ but that their record in government is ‘making life harder for people in Corby’.
His defection to Labour takes the party’s large majority on the authority to twenty-two, and reduces the number of Lib Dem councillors to just two. The Conservatives have four representatives on the council.
Speaking after signing his Labour Party membership forms, Councillor Riley said: “Like many people in Britain, I thought the Lib Dems offered a positive alternative which would benefit people in Corby.
“Instead we’ve seen them form a government which has cut income tax for the top 1% of earners, saving the super-rich a total of £3billion, whilst hardworking people are being hit by rising prices and falling wages which the Institute for Fiscal Studies says is leaving them £1,600 a year worse off.
“Put simply, I couldn’t be in a party that was presiding over a cost-of-living crisis, failing to stand up to vested interests, hitting the vulnerable and disabled to pay for the bankers’ mess, and weakening vital public services such as the NHS.
“Ed Miliband’s One Nation Labour is the only party that can stop the rise of payday lenders and food banks by making sure hardworking people have the opportunity to earn their way to our shared prosperity.
Welcoming Councillor Riley to the Borough’s Labour group, Corby Council Leader Tom Beatie said: “It’s easy to see why Bob isn’t proud of the Lib Dem’s record; I congratulate him for standing up for his principles. I look forward to working with him in building a better Corby.”