One of the interesting sideshows at last week's Full Council meeting was watching Cllr. Bill Maybrey, the Councillor deselected by the Tories for Middleton St. George, leaving deep in amicable conversation with the LibDems Martin Swainston.
Bill Maybrey has a good reputation as an effective Councillor around the Town Hall (as does his running mate Cllr. Doris Jones) so the Tories' decision not to pick him as their candidate again seemed inexplicable to many of us.
Now the decision may come back to haunt them. We know that the LibDems are snapping at the Tories' heels in Hurworth, where rumours suggest that Tory Councillor Peter Foster was made to stand down (whatever he later said in the press). LibDem leafletting now in MSG seems to have induced fresh panic in Tory High Command. The odds seem to be shortening on Bill swapping sides for May's local elections.