Abdul Rehman, Councillor for Corporation Park ward on Blackburn with Darwen Council has resigned from the Liberal Democrats and applied to join the Labour Party. Below is his official statement.
“I have resigned from the Liberal Democrat party because I no longer wish to be associated with a party that is happy to support cuts that are doing significant damage to the community in Corporation Park ward and the wider community of Blackburn.
This is the 17th most deprived Borough in the country and it has suffered the 5th highest level of government cuts. That is simply not fair and is a betrayal of everything that the Liberal Democrats have previously stood for.
Over the last few months it has been difficult not to feel embarrassed by the long list of Liberal Democrat broken promises but the severity and unfairness of the government cuts programme is, for me, the final straw.
I have applied to join the Labour Party because I have been impressed by the Labour controlled councils efforts to manage these unfair cuts so that, wherever possible, basic services can be maintained. I look forward to playing my part in this work in the future.”