Not all local councils have political party groups, but where they do exist, a similar system of Party whips is used as in the Houses of Parliament and Lords.
When the whip is withdrawn and a Member is expelled from their Party, it means they must sit as an independent until the whip is restored. Positions of power and responsibility are allocated to councillors in the majority party, so being expelled from that Party means not being eligible for any committee positions.
This table lists the expulsions of the councillors from the controlling (right-wing) Labour Group before the Left were in the majority within the Labour Group.
|13 expelled Feb ‘80||17 expelled Oct ‘81||27 expelled Nov ‘82|
|1||Dennis Barker||Dennis Barker||Dennis Barker|
|2||Bill Courteney||Bill Courteney||John Byrne|
|3||Frances Done||Frances Done||George Chadwick|
|4||Peter Hildrew||Nick Harris||Frances Done|
|5||Alf Home||Peter Hildrew||Val Dunn|
|6||Pat Karney||Alf Home||Tom Egan|
|7||Eddy Newman||Pat Karney||Nick Harris|
|8||Kath Robinson||John Maguire||Peter Hildrew|
|9||Arnold Spencer||Graham Martin||Joe Holly|
|10||Val Stevens||Eddy Newman||Alf Home|
|11||Graham Stringer||John Nicholson||Pete Keenlyside|
|12||Jeff Wilner||Kath Robinson||Eileen Kelly|
|13||John Wilson||Arnold Spencer||Peter Morrison|
|14||Val Stevens||Ronni Myers|
|15||Graham Stringer||Eddy Newman|
|16||Jeff Wilner||John Nicholson|
|17||John Wilson||Phil Openshaw|
|18||Sheila Robertson (later Newman)|
This Appendix relates to Chapter 1. I’d like to have more explanation of what being expelled from the Party meant in practice. Did it mean also being expelled from the City Party as well? Did it mean being sent to Coventry? Did it mean not being able to get anything done for your constituents?