Although some of the scrutiny committees in the past have been little more than tick box complaint exercises and included jokers such as recently convicted lag (after a full Trial) Conservative Cllr. Peter Hiller, who retained his seat, along with Cllr.Turnip, the latter and spouse gets a badge for a full years chain carrying ( 2 badges - inscribed on back too, well its a heavy chain...) as outgoing Mayors Deputy.
An amendment scraped through at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, May 20th.
The amendment proposed by Cllr. Darren Fower so far sees Cllr. Nick Sandford appointed chair of the Sustainable Growth and Environment Capital Scrutiny Committee.
Labour’s Cllr Nick Thulbourn appointed vice chair.
The amendment covers the appointments for both the chair and vice chair of several committees including:
Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee,
Creating Opportunities and Tackling Inequality Scrutiny Committee,
Scrutiny Commission for Rural Communities and
Scrutiny Commission for Health Issues.
As it stands, Conservatives appoint three of the seven seats in each of the four committees, and will in every case represent a minority. So if the opposition groups can maintain a cordial council relationship, expect fireworks and unpredictable outcomes at every future committee meeting...
Although the Conservatives robotically voted against ( we are not certain who is now pulling the strings...) the amendment passed by 28 votes to 27!
By all accounts it was a rough old evening with the Labour faction failing to put up an effective candidate for Leader with the result that Cllr Holdich was elected unopposed as Council Leader.
Leader of the Labour Group Cllr Mohammed Jamil, who is facing a vote of no confidence having at the last minute failed to put himself up as a candidate for Leader of the Council, said cross-party work on the committees could restore confidence in the council. Just hold onto that thought Cllr Jamil! Might happen when hell finally freezes over....
Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, now deputy leader of the Conservatives ( does he get an inscribed badge?), watching the power slip through his fingers, pleaded with the opposition groups not to exclude Conservative members as committee chairs. Council carpenters are meanwhile adding an extra 6 inches to the PCC soapbox, so Cllr Fitz. need not stand at the front, to be seen in photographs.
Newly elected council leader Cllr.. John Holdich, through gritted teeth growled: “As it’s the will of the council, I'll do my best to make it work.”
Two labour members left the chamber for a while, could be they knocked back a swift one in the Argo lounge? Now infamously remembered as the place where Channel4 news Jon Snow iled to recall the name of the City when, live on air. Don't worry Jon its downtown Rome, well for a few more months ...
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