A LABOUR reunion could be on the cards following a 'political mutiny' in a bid to block a challenge for the leadership by the Tories.
The Conservative group – whose leader Susan Hall and deputy leader Barry Macleod-Cullinane sit as non-executive members of Harrow Council's cabinet committee – have asked the Mayor of Harrow, Nana Asante, to call an extraordinary council meeting later this month in an effort to try to depose council leader Thaya Idaikkadar (Independent Labour).
Mr Idaikkadar has revealed to the Observer he may be willing to put personal differences to one side should he receive a call from Labour leader David Perry ahead of a potential vote.
Mr Idaikkadar said: “I’m always willing to talk to anybody in a sensible and civilised manner. If it is right for the residents of this borough, I will work with anybody.”
The eight-member Independent Labour group was created in the wake of a successful leadership challenge by councillor David Perry of the then ruling Labour group at its annual meeting on April 15.
The Observer understands from a Labour source that there is a desire for a reunification with Independent Labour, and that in the coming days Labour's political heavyweights will be discussing the possibility of a reunion.
Both Labour and the Conservatives have 25 councillors apiece.
There are three Independents, one Liberal Democrat and one UK Independent Party member – who may end up being the kingmakers, depending on who they side with.
Ms Hall said: “With only six councillors on the cabinet, too much responsibility is held by too few people and we believe this is having a negative effect on services.
“We have steadied the ship as we promised, but it now lacks the crew to ensure smooth sailing.
“It is time for a new crew and a new captain.”
Independent councillor James Bond (Headstone North) said: “This has more to do with political opportunism than a decision being taken in the best interests of Harrow. If you want to steady the ship you don’t normally throw the whole crew overboard.
“Residents and council taxpayers will be dismayed with this act of political mutiny.”