Lambeth Councillor Kingsley Abrams who was suspended from the Lambeth Labour group after retaining his seat with an increased majority is to be rather grudgingly “invited to rejoin the ranks”.
I say grudgingly because in addition to the short, rather curt message on the Labour in Lambeth website - which incidentally, contains no hint of reconciliation. The Lambeth Labour group has once again changed it’s tune and is now claiming that Councillor Abrams leaked “highly confidential information to the Liberal Democrats in the run-up to the council elections”.
The original version of events was that he had been suspended for "violating council email use policy" after a nasty little entrapment operation run by supposedly neutral council officers went wrong.
And if the original version of this sorry tale was stretching credulity a bit far then this new version has definitely caused it to snap!
Quite frankly, the idea that a man who has been a dedicated member of the Labour Party for 32 years would pass confidential information to the Conservative Support Group... erm... I mean the Liberal Democrats... is bloody ridiculous.
I must admit I don’t know Kingsley Abrams very well but he always seemed to be a fairly decent bloke who, like me, believes that essential infrastructure such as social housing is far too important to be left in private hands.
The appalling mismanagement of Lambeth’s housing stock by the Lambeth Living ALMO and the collapse of Connaught only serve to underline that point.
Labour in Lambeth