Cardiff Labour in crisis as yet another councillor resigns

People are crying out for and end to Labour's bickering and infighting, Cardiff's Liberal Democrats have said, after a second Labour councillor resigned in the space of two days.

Adamsdown councillor Manzoor Ahmed resigned today from the Cardiff Labour group, joining Sue White from Llandaff North who resigned as a councillor on Monday. Unlike Ms White, Cllr Ahmed will remain as a councillor.

In his resignation statement, Cllr Ahmed said "at this stage Cardiff would be better served by a Liberal Democrats administration."

Labour are now down seven seats since the last elections in 2012, having lost a total of 12 councillors through resignations, defections and by-elections.

Cardiff Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Judith Woodman said:

"The fact that dedicated, hard-working councillors like Manzoor feel the need to leave the Labour party shows just how far the party's stock has fallen in Cardiff. Given this is Labour's second resignation this week, I wouldn't be surprised if there were more to come.

"Having lost no fewer than twelve councillors through resignations, defections and by-elections during this council term - more than any party in Cardiff's history - it's clear Cardiff Labour are in crisis. In my 13 years as a councillor, I've never seen such a shambolic attempt to run our city as Phil Bale's Labour.

"In all corners of our city, people are crying out for an end to this Labour administration that fails to get even the basics right. As the biggest opposition group and the only party ever to wrench control off Labour in Cardiff, the Liberal Democrats stand ready and waiting to clean up their mess."

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