Do people really want a councillor who toes the line so easily?

However it is the Labour Group meeting on 13th February that decides policy for all the ruling Labour councillors in Salford, and Councillor Howard Balkind (Swinton South),  the only councillor in attendance at Ordsall, said he would “voice an opinion” at the Group meeting that he “supports the principle that funding should remain”…

…Incredibly, in the next breath, Balkind added that “we are whipped”. Which means that if the Labour Group meeting decides to go ahead with the cuts to day care services he would vote to withdraw funding from them.

Whipped in reality means someone who toes the party line surely we need people willing to stand up and be counted.