Jan Hornby under pressure to quit Hull City Council after walking out on Lib Dems
A LIB DEM councillor is under mounting pressure to give up her Guildhall seat after walking out on her party.
Councillor Jan Hornby resigned from the party hours after learning she had lost a ballot to find a candidate for the 2014 council elections.
Under local authority rules, Cllr Hornby, who joined Hull City Council in 2010, can continue to represent Holderness ward.
However, some Liberal Democrats, angry at what they perceive to have been a betrayal, last night called for Cllr Hornby to step down from the council.
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A senior party source said: "There are lot of members who believe Cllr Hornby should remove herself from the council immediately.
"Holderness constituents voted her in on the basis that she represented the Liberal Democrats.
"Now she has decided to resign from the party, she should do the decent thing and walk, triggering a by-election."
It was unclear last night what Cllr Hornby's intentions are.
She failed to return the Mail's repeated phone calls yesterday.
The Lib Dem source said: "What is most disappointing is the fact that Cllr Hornby chose to resign within hours of the ballot results.
"It would appear to suggest she cares more about her own personal position than the party at large and the wider city."
Publicly, the Liberal Democrats have also been robust in their condemnation of Cllr Hornby.
She resigned on Monday after learning of the outcome of Saturday's ballot, according to Cllr Mike Ross, Lib Dem Deputy Group Leader.
In a statement, Councillor Ross said: "We are disappointed by Cllr Hornby's actions. We expect high standards from our councillors and she has let everyone down.
"There is a real job to do in Hull holding the Labour-run Council to account for the decisions they are making and the promises they are breaking.
"Labour promised no job losses and no cuts to services for the vulnerable – now they've announced hundreds of compulsory redundancies and have closed down Hull Carers' Centre.
"Now more than ever, Hull needs a strong opposition – that's what we are here to do."
Cllr Hornby has sat on several committees and other council bodies since taking office.
Her most recent post, from October last year to May, was on the authority's planning committee.
Before that, Cllr Hornby was a member of the Children, Young People and Families Overview and Scrutiny Commission.
Cllr Ross said, in keeping with election protocol, the Lib Dems were not in a position to reveal who beat Cllr Hornby in the ballot, which was open to all East Hull party members.