Paying the price of standing up and being counted
THE flurry of suspensions in Hull's Labour group should not come as a surprise.
Unprecedented reductions in government funding for local councils has turned the screw on spending like never before.
As a result, the pressure on Labour councillors across the country has intensified.
Most have buckled down and reluctantly nodded through squeezed budgets that include dramatic cuts in jobs and services.
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But some have refused to do so, including the three Labour councillors in Hull.
By defying the group whip on the budget vote, they have paid the price for standing up and being counted.
The trio now face the equivalent of a spell on the naughty step, having had their knuckles well and truly rapped.