Labour councillors have slammed the Conservatives' “playground” behaviour after they walked out of a council meeting.

The meeting on Thursday, which was to discuss council tax, ran until "10.15pm". Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane, deputy leader of the Conservative group for Harrow, called to extend the meeting by an extra hour to continue debating motions, but the vote was lost.

Councillor Susan Hall, leader of the Conservative group for Harrow, Cllr Paul Osborn, and Cllr McLeod-Cullinane, left the meeting in the most “disrespectful manner” without following correct procedure for leaving a members’ meeting still in progress, said Labour councillor for Harrow West, Will Stoodley.

He added: "It was disrespectful. They were the losing argument and did not have an alternative budget to present. Their slapdash commentary was puerile, amateurish and did not do the residents of Harrow justice.

"They knew that the Labour budget was the only game in town and they were an irrelevance at the meeting.”

Councillor Krishna Suresh (Lab, Rayners Lane) accused the Conservatives of “waving their arms around in monkey gestures” when the leader of the council was speaking.

He said: “I was appalled by the behaviour of the Tory councillors at Thursday’s meeting. Childish behaviour belongs in the playground and I am dissapointed that colleagues in the opposition choose to bring their office into disrepute.

"They need to start working for the people of Harrow by representing an alternative view if they had one.”

The Harrow Times is awaiting a response from Cllr Susan Hall.