Liverpool Labour ethics spokeswoman resigns
Louise Baldock has resigned from her position as ethics spokeswoman for Labour in Liverpool following last week's events.
As mentioned in a previous post she was given a slap on the wrist by the Standards Board for England for remarking on her blog that Liberal Democrats and Liberals were "opportunistic b******s".
Somewhat fittingly she announced her resignation from her position and also her seat on the local standards committee on her blog:
It is obvious that under the circumstances, particularly given the damning editorial in yesterday's Echo, my continuing with the Ethical Governance brief could potentially damage that good work. I would be horrified if our planned presentation to Annual Council about the values we want everyone to embrace, could now be held up to any kind of scorn or ridicule on my account. I don't want the Echo to find anything else to criticise our council standards for.
So, with great sadness I have decided to stand down from the Ethical Governance Portfolio and from the Standards Committee.
And where better to make that announcement than on this blog?
As to where that leaves blogging politicians, I really don't know, perhaps I will start a separate entry about that next week and see if we can get a sensible debate going.
As I said before this case shows the dangers inherent in political blogging. Name calling on a blog is hardly the most serious of offences.
And if she had held another job then Cllr Baldock could probably have got away with it. But it has cost Cllr Baldock her job.
Given that she had to pass judgment on others to have remained in post would have left Cllr Baldock and Labour (who have often been vocal critics of the Lib Dem administration and some other their members) open to charges of double standards.
That said it still remains a fairly minor slip up to resign over, so I suspect that Cllr Baldock will return to the front bench at some point.