Labour should not try to win any more seats on Liverpool council
Labour now has 63 councillors out of the 90 available seats on Liverpool council.
It is conceivable that the party could have more than 70 councillors after next May.
I'm going to suggest something rather odd here - that the Labour party should not actually try that hard to win any extra seats next year.
However, even if they did little campaigning they will take seats off the Liberal Democrats because of their unpopularity.
Some in the Labour party already think it has been too quick to accept defectors. To be fair to Cllr Hinnigan she says she will not seek re-election in May and that she could simply no longer remain a Lib Dem.
The truth is Labour does not need defectors to swell its numbers. Now the party has two thirds of the seats it realistically does not need any more.
Yet there are many talented and enthusiastic members of the local Labour party keen to become councillors.
The more councillors a party has the harder it is to keep discipline. For one thing there are not enough jobs to keep people sweet. The cabinet only has 10 councillors on it.
Sure there are select committees and outside appointments, but the reality is that there are already not enough positions. Adding more councillors to the mix will exacerbate that problem.
Look at the problems Roberto Mancini is having at Manchester City trying to keep all his players happy. How long will it be before a Labour councillor has a Carlos Tevez moment?