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Independent Labour group 'in disarray' says Labour leader
The leader of Harrow Borough Council's Labour group says the resignation of an Independent Labour member shows the group “is in disarray”.
The comments come following the announcement by Councillor Husain Akhtar that he would be resigning from the Independent Labour administration which he helped create earlier this year.
Labour group leader Councillor David Perry said: “This recent announcement about Cllr Husain Akhtar leaving the Independent Group just goes to show that this Independent-Conservative Coalition running Harrow Council is in disarray.
“The Labour group is fully committed to standing up for the people of Harrow. The Labour Group will await the crumble of the current administration and be on hand to serve the residents of Harrow.
“Councillor Susan Hall, Leader of the Conservative Group, should be ashamed of herself as she portrays an innocent front in public while in the background pulling all the strings.
“I personally do not wish to comment directly about Cllr Akhtar because his behaviour and conduct over past six months speaks for itself, and is disgraceful.”
In a statement, the Independent Labour group said: “Whilst the resignation does not come as a shock, we are sorry to lose such a gifted colleague from our ranks.
“He has served us admirably as group secretary and his skills and contributions will be missed.
“We know that he will continue to serve the council well as he will continue to offer the challenge needed so that local democracy delivers the best it can for residents.”
Leader of the Conservative group Cllr Susan Hall, said: “After yet another defection, councillor Akhtar and his worn-out justifications are becoming more and more ridiculous.
"His hokey cokey through Harrow’s political groups would be amusing if it wasn’t a continuous snub to Canons residents.
“As for Cllr. Perry's comments; he’s so angry at losing power to Independent Labour that he slams cllr Akhtar’s conduct over the last six months, seemingly forgetting that just four months ago he was welcomed into the Labour Group.
“With Independent Labour essentially implementing the budget set by the previous Labour administration, only the Conservatives can and will continue to challenge and scrutinise the decisions they are making.”
Cllr Akhtar was first elected as a Conservative councillor in 2007 but left the party in November last year to become an independent.
He then joined the Labour Party in March this year and in June was one of the nine councillors to break away and form the Independent Labour Group, which took control of the authority with Conservative backing after a split from Labour over its election of Cllr Perry as leader.
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