Tory guns target Harrow

Some never learn!
Like they did before the last council election, Tory big guns are dropping in Harrow, this time to support their MP candidates, despite that such visits have not been fruitful as the Tory support has been declining due to the attitudes of the Tory group on the Harrow council.
Prime Minister David Cameron visited Harrow last week and criticised Harrow council budgeting. Today, leader of the Commons William Hague, a former foreign secretary, visited North Harrow where Independents have been defeating sitting Tory councillors.
The Home Secretary Theresa May visited Rayners Lane (Harrow) before the last council election to support a remaining Tory councillor in the ward who then lost her council seat.
Similarly David Cameron, Boris Johnson and George Osborne visited Harrow before the council election to support their wobbly leader of the Harrow council who was accidently voted in by the breakaway and collusive Independent Labour Group (ILG) in a highly controversial move in September 2013.
But Cllr Hall could only lead her Conservative group to another miserable defeat, setting a pattern of defeats (Councils in 2010 & 2014 – five sitting Tory councillors were defeated – and 2 by-elections in 2013).
Background of Cllr Hall’s short-lived council administration
    • Like in 2014, voters voted in Labour administration to run the council in 2010
    • In mid-2013, a breakaway Independent Labour Group, snatched the council administration from Labour with the support of and encouragement from the Tory group leadership – the ILG seemingly had personal grudge against some in the Labour group
    • Few months later, the Tory group grabbed the council administration with the support of the well groomed Independent Labour Group who voted in the Tory group leader as the leader of the council through a highly controversial process which created the political mess i.e. a hung council where both the Labour and Tory groups had 25 councillors each, putting Tory minority administration in place by the 8 ILG councillors
    • Harrow finished up with an elected-mayor style short-lived Tory administration and three different council cabinets and administrations within a short period, and a perceived tense ‘culture of fear’ at the civic centre, marked by the resignation of the chief executive, followed by some key directors leaving