Silvia Burgess Kidsgrove Town Councillor for Butt Lane has defected from the Lib Dems to the Labour Party. This now has changed the make up of Kidsgrove Town Council to 16 Labour, 4 UKIP, 2 Lib Dem and 1 independent councillor. This clearly does nothing for the majority of the Kidsgrove Labour Party majority and control on Kidsgrove Town Council, however it does put Councillor Burgess on the party with control.
Councillor Silvia Burgess claims to have made the move to Labour as a result of the proposal to close the Royal Mail sorting office at Butt Lane. It appears this move has come about following the opposition to the move that Kidsgrove Town Council has put forward. The hasty action from the Kidsgrove Labour Party has already been criticised by UKIP councillor Locke, who quite logically suggested that the council should surly establish any facts from Royal Mail before going any further? It is all totally meaningless and a political point scoring tactic by some members of the council as KTC have no control over the actions of an independently run organisation.
Margaret Astle is said to be pleased with the decision of Silver Burgess. The most important decision will be that of the residents of Butt Lane, the very people who elected her.