With New Labour so unpopular, many members are tempted to vote Lib Dem, in the belief that they would pursue less Tory policies.
A story carried by the Birmingham Post highlights how the Lib Dems try to be all things to all people, and are no friends of trade unionists. Not only are the Lib Dems querying why there are 106 reps with some facility time (for how many employees in this huge council?), but they are attacking the principle of employers paying for time off for union duties - something that even Thatcher left in place. One can't help wondering if this isn't a thinly disguised attempt to attack the unions for their achievements in the single status dispute in the city.