Mar 20 2013

Confirmed: Ex-Labour, Ex-Conservative, Ex-Independent Councillor Husain Akhtar Returns to Harrow Labour

husain_akhtar1Watching Cllr Husain Akhtar must bear more than a passing resemblance to watching a tennis match.  We posted a rumour on March 14, 2013, saying we’d heard he was on the move: it’s now been confirmed, and his entry on Harrow Council’s website has been updated to reflect his current political swing.

As far as we can make out, he has bounced between a number of Harrow’s political groups over the years, before settling – for the time being – with Harrow’s Labour group. But why all the secrecy? When he moved from the Conservatives in November 2012, Harrow’s Labour were all over it with glee. Now that’s moved into Labour, the news oozed out with all the excitement of a leaking lavatory.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Susan Hall, said: “Usually when politicians switch parties they are greeted by their new comrades with something akin to a tickertape parade, so we can deduce from this news seeping out on a Tuesday afternoon over a week after he joined them that Labour aren’t exactly delighted with their acquisition of Cllr. Akhtar. Or maybe Labour just forgot to buy the decorations and party poppers…

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]…political independence lasted as long as a Las Vegas marriage[/pullquote]Cllr. Akhtar’s decision comes as no surprise to me or the Conservative Group, and I am reliably informed he was even able to rekindle his old membership when re-joining Labour –which must have been a rather nice homecoming for him. As something of a political chameleon, I think Cllr. Akhtar is running out of parties he either hasn’t belonged to or tried to join. And I wonder how long his new stay with Labour will last, given his brief flirtation with political independence lasted as long as a Las Vegas marriage.

As when Cllr. Akhtar initially left the Conservative Group, my sympathies are with the residents of Canons for having to endure his indecision and short-lived principles. They elected a Conservative to represent them in 2010 – indeed Canons has elected Conservatives at every opportunity since the ward was created – and how they’re lumbered with a Labour councillor. If Cllr. Akhtar chooses to stand anywhere again in 2014 – and rumours abound that he’s seeking a safe Labour seat rather than facing the people of Canons, whom he has so spectacularly betrayed – residents cannot be assured of what he stands for or what his true values are.”

We’ve asked Harrow’s Labour group for a comment.


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