By James Moules
A NEW democratic socialist party has gained further representation in local government after a Yorkshire parish councillor switched to them from the Labour Party – just days after another similar defection.
Ben Munro, chair of Thorngumbald Parish Council in the East Riding of Yorkshire, became the third UK councillor to change allegiance to the Breakthrough Party today.
Munro, who is also a trade union representative for Unite the Union, said: “Labour has lost its direction and is no longer effective in challenging the government.
“There is too much looking back instead of looking forward and until that changes, Labour will continue to lose members.
“Breakthrough has strong policy ideas and is an alternative socialist party for those who feel politically homeless at the moment.
“It’s still in its infancy but in 10 months has come a long way and with development, strategy and continued growth, will offer people a real alternative.”
Despite his party respective party allegiances, however, Munro was elected as an independent to Thorngumbald Parish Council due to a council convention – and continues to sit on the council as such.
His defection comes just a days after Katie Parker of Bury St Edmunds Town Council made a similar move from Labour to Breakthrough.
The Breakthrough Party, which was founded in January 2021, stands on an explicitly democratic socialist platform.
Its leader Alex Mays said: “When I spoke to Ben his enthusiasm and commitment for his local community really shone through.
“He will bring with him fantastic experience from his work in the public sector, trade unions and local government, which will help us take the party to the next level. We’re really excited to have Ben onboard.”
The Labour Party was contacted for comment.
Featured Image courtesy of the Breakthrough Party
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