It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been expecting it for months, but
Councillor Danny Hackett has left the Labour Party and become an Independent.
It’s a shame that he has been forced into such a position by Momentum and Jeremy Corbyn’s kinder gentler politics.
I have known Danny for nine years and I’m sure his dream was always to help people by being a Labour politician.
After listening to him many times and sharing the occasional beer I've said more than once that he is far too honest to be a career politician, I only hope I am wrong, on the career bit that is.
Danny is a long way from being a leftie, in fact on one or two things he may be every bit as right wing as I am.
I once asked him why he didn’t grow up to be a Conservative, it wouldn’t be fair to tell you what he said, but I think we need more Tories like Danny.
Despite me seeing this day coming it is still a bit of a shock, but not traumatic like it it must be for Danny. He has seen his career path come crashing down because there are some very nasty people within what was his chosen party. Please wish him luck as the new Independent Councillor for Thamesmead East.
Teresa O’Neill should welcome Danny as someone who is absolutely straight, she could do with a few of them in her own party.