A Labour Councillor led a Tory walk out of a Council meeting yesterday to applause from the public gallery.
Before he departed Labour's Will Scobie said:
We wanted this meeting to debate the issue. I am not actually going to stay for this meeting because it is a sham. [source]
The Labour councillor and South Thanet PPC was soon joined by Tories of various varieties.
The first to follow Labours Scobie out the door was the Conservative group leader Bob Bayford. He said:
We cannot have any more to do with this - this is a total and utter embarrassment.
Labour prospective parliamentary candidate Will Scobie declared Tuesday night's extraordinary meeting on the fate of the Manston airport site "a sham" and was the first to leave the council chamber.reports Kent Online.
In speeches, made to the crowd outside, councillors who had walked out expressed a deep dissatisfaction with multiple suggestions of manipulation and secrecy.
Labour seems to be tearing itself apart and the public and opposition appear keen to help.
Labour's attempt to strong arm the Manston issue to their own agenda seems to have backfired massively but how damaging this will be for them remains to be seen. That their rising star and potential MP wants nothing to do with his own local party should suggest that the writing is on the wall.
As to what it says about the Tory, Green and UKIP parties that they would happily fall in line behind Labour's Will Scobie, I leave to your own speculation.