North Norfolk Labour Party have called for the former North Norfolk Lib Dem chair Graham Jones to contest a by-election, following his resignation from the party yesterday, and have claimed this is another example of the party in disarray.
Graham Jones announced that he had stepped down as the chairman of Norman Lamb’s constituency Liberal Democrat party and had resigned – choosing to become an “Independent Lib Dem” rather than fight a by-election, or leave politics altogether.
Now the local Labour party has argued that Mr Jones should follow the advice he had given to previous Lib Dem defectors and fight a by-election.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“This is another sign of the Lib Dem party in north Norfolk in disarray. For the past two years Mr Jones has tried to defend Norman Lamb’s voting record and the actions of Liberal Democrats in government, but now he too has become disillusioned with their actions and politics.
Mr Jones says that there are too many that are out-of-touch in government and defends the local MP, yet Norman Lamb has supported those at the top in every single government vote.
We believe Graham Jones should follow the advice he and the Lib Dems gave to all party defectors – Councillor Rice, Callaby, and Hardy – which was to resign from their seat and fight a by-election.”