First Liberal Democrat defection in Liverpool since formation of the coalition
Liverpool Labour leader Joe Anderson welcomes defecting Liberal Democrat Ian Jobling.
Last month Liberal Democrat leader in Liverpool Warren Bradley warned that the coalition would wreck his party and that many of his number were contemplating defecting.
And so today Ian Jobling has become the first to cross the floor in Liverpool.
The Picton ward councillor, who also sits on the police authority, says he can't stomach the coalition's cuts.
They go against the manifesto he protests and says that his values are Labour values.
He is not a big figure on the city council, and as such does not come with political baggage that some of his former colleagues might have. He should have no problems fitting in on the Labour benches.
Despite the fact he is not a household name, his defection is important none the less. Cllr Jobling may well be the first of a number.
Some in his former party will question his motives - his former Lib-Dem colleague in Picton Laurence Sidorczuk lost his seat at this year's election to Labour's Tim Beaumont. The tide would seem to be turning in Picton, as it is in a number of wards.
His defection also continues the erosion of Lib-Dem numbers that looks likely to continue with the impending double byelection in Croxteth.
Labour held one, and the Lib-Dems the other seat. Labour are confident of taking both, and privately Lib-Dems believe that holding on will be difficult.
So if they lose both the make up of the city council will look like this: Labour 50, Liberal Democrats 35, Liberals 3, Green 2.
But the timing of the announcement of Cllr Jobling's defection would seem slightly strange, given that the Lib-Dem's conference is being held next month here in Liverpool.
Has Labour council leader Joe Anderson got someone else lined up to defect?
The Lib-Dem conference promises to be more fractious than normal. If Cllr Anderson could unveil a second defector before the conference it would certainly spice things up a little bit.