Labour get a PD Senator?

It’s always been assumed that the PDs were right of centre. Well it seems that one former PD Senator is swinging straight towards Labour… Gary notes:

No doubt part of Cannon’s decision will be based on what will deliver political success for him in the future. His four-seater Galway East constituency already has two Fine Gael TDs and two representing Fianna Fáil, leaving little room for him to capture a seat if he ran for either party. A move to Labour could enable him to combine his existing support with that for Eamon Gilmore’s party, providing a platform to build upon. With the recent poll bounce for Labour, Senator Cannon, if selected as a Labour candidate for the next General Election, would hope that this would be enough to carry him across the threshold to capture a seat from either of the Big Two.

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  • Are you sure Mick the mistake isn’t in assuming Labour is left of centre?

  • I was conned I want my money back.

  • This is interesting in that it suggests there is now considerable momentum behind Labour as a force for change.

    As for Sen Cannon fitting in, time will tell but if Labour wants to capitalise on its good poll rating it does bneed to broaden its base.

  • Mick Fealty

    Gari,

    Ask Guido!

  • Dave

    It reminds me of a Groucho quip: “These are my principles. And if you don’t like them, I have others.”

  • sonofstan

    Think Colm O’Gorman (1 in 4, now Amnesty) wanted to stand for Labour in Wexford but Howlin wouldn’t have it, so he went to the PDs instead (and polled disastrously)

  • Sen. Helena McAuliffe did it in reverse when she left Labour to join the then newly formed PD’s. A few activists in their time have wandered between the two (and the greens make three) as well.

    Galway East is still one hell of a constituency for anyone not in FF or FG

  • Paddy Matthews

    Sen. Helena McAuliffe did it in reverse when she left Labour to join the then newly formed PD’s. A few activists in their time have wandered between the two (and the greens make three) as well.

    Timmy Conway (Kildare) was the other Labour senator who jumped across to the PDs at their foundation.

    Mae Sexton (one-term-wonder PD TD for Longford) had been in negotiations with Labour in the late 90s before settling on the PDs and then-Industry Minister Mary Harney’s ability to deliver the promise of a medical devices factory for Longford town. I suppose she could always jump again, unless she’s definitely given up politics.