This photo, from the Richmond and Twickenham Times in London, England, has as its caption: ‘New Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn‘. A caption which may be a bit misleading. As the phrase ‘New’ Labour is often used for the old Tory policies of Tony Blair and his ilk. While Councillor Ms Jennifer Churchill did not join Labour when it had a ‘New Labour‘ leader, but she joins Labour now when that party has a really new leader: Jeremy Corbyn.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Wednesday 23rd September 2015
A LIB Dem councillor defected to Labour yesterday, accusing her former party of “parroting Tory economic propaganda.”
But Jennifer Churchill, who represents Richmond in west London, said Mr Farron “doesn’t seem to stand for anything.”
And speaking to the Twickenham Times about her decision, she said: “I wouldn’t say it has been coming for a long time — when Jeremy Corbyn was elected it became a real possibility.
“The Labour Party’s policies are more in line with my own views.”
Ms Churchill becomes Labour’s first councillor in Richmond, which was represented by Vince Cable, for over 13 years until May.
Defections from the Lib Dems to Labour were predicted this week by former Richmond Park MP Baroness Tonge.
“I know lots of Lib Dems that are contemplating supporting Jeremy Corbyn, including me,” she said.