THE POLITICAL future of Harrow Council is to be decided this evening.
Councillors will convene tonight at 7.30pm to vote on who will lead the borough following months of political turmoil.
The vote comes following Harrow Council's leader Thaya Idaikkadar's rebellion against Labour, forming Independent Labour along with seven other disillusioned members in May.
The administration has endured since then, ruling with a minority leadership with support from the Conservative Group.
However Tory leader Councillor Susan Hall has grown tired of supporting the group, who were – with the exception of Councillor William Stoodley – expelled for several years from the Labour Party following their defection.
Both Labour and the Tories have 25 councillors each, and with Independent Labour's eight members believing the vote to be unconstitutional, it is believed they will abstain.
Therefore the crucial remaining votes lie with three Independents, a Liberal Democrat and a UK Independence Party member.
You can keep up to date with chief reporter Ian Proctor and John Shammas who will be keeping you up to date online with the outcome.
Follow them from 7.30pm on Twitter at @johnpaulshammas throughout the evening, and keep an eye on www.harrowobserver.co.uk for all the reaction to the crucial vote on the night and in the coming days.