This time it’s a LibDem who’s crossed the floor to Labour in Manchester, or more precisely Longsight (a ward in which I lived for 6 years). It’s not just Respect who are in freefall then. The Tory total on the council incidentally is still just one (another Lib Dem defector from Jan 08). To think until 1987 they had a parliamentary seat (in Withington). Seems unimaginable now.