‘New’ Labour councillor takes his seat

Councillor Nader Fekri, who quit the Liberal Democrats in favour of the Labour Party last month, will find out at Thurday’s meeting of Calderdale Council which committees he will sit on.

The former Mayor of Calderdale has represented the Calder Valley ward since 2002. He said he was quitting the Lib-Dems because of unease over the national party’s alliance with the Conservatives.

Councillor Fekri has been under pressure to stand down and fight a by-election but refused on the grounds that it would be costly and disruptive. “I am the same person with the same beliefs and commitments as I had when last re-elected in 2010.” His four year term is not due to come to an end until May 2014.

The switch leaves the Labour group with 21 members, the Conservatives 17, the Lib-Dems 11 and 2 Independents.