Long-serving Labour member defects to Respect party
A long-serving Labour member has defected to George Galloway’s Respect party, saying Labour “no longer represents the aspirations and hopes of working people.”
Adrian Longthorn, who has been a Labour member for over 20 years, will contest the May council elections for the party in the Clayton and Fairweather Green ward.
Mr Longthorn was a councillor for the Thornton ward during 1995 and 1999, the Wyke ward during 1999 and 2003, and the Clayton ward during 2007 and 2011.
He also served as election agent for Bradford Council deputy leader Imran Hussain.
“Labour has actually left me”
Mr Longthorn said: “Obviously it was a huge wrench leaving Labour after more than 30 years. But I’ve been feeling for a long time now that Labour has actually left me. It’s unrecognisable to the party I joined, and not in a good way. It no longer represents the aspirations and hopes of working people.
“And in this city the party’s hold on power has strangled initiative and grassroots organisation. The party locally is both corrupt, manipulated and misused by one or two people, as well as being numbingly incompetent.”
Leader of the Respect party, George Galloway MP, said: “I’m hugely impressed and encouraged that Adrian has come over to us.
“He’s a man who has been close to the centre of Labour politics in Bradford for several decades and he will bring a wealth of experience and nous to Respect. I’m looking forward to working with him immensely.”