Drama at Worcester City Council as Tory Simon Geraghty snatches leadership from Labour's Adrian Gregson

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THE Conservatives have seized power at Worcester City Council in a sensational coup amid angry scenes last night.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, the city’s leader until last night, was dumped from office and his entire cabinet dismissed as the Tories grabbed control back from Labour.

The 17-strong Tory group was able to return to power after being backed by Councillor Alan Amos, who stunned the council by quitting Labour just three days ago to become an independent.

To rub salt into Labour’s wounds, Cllr Amos was handed the role of the new Mayor of Worcester, and ignored Labour cries of “disgraceful” to take the chains.

Last night’s dramatic events, which appeared unlikely only a few days ago, came after May’s elections left no party in overall control.

Amid unprecedented scenes, Cllr Amos voted with the Conservatives to kick Cllr Gregson out of office before appointing a new-look Tory cabinet.

It means Councillor Simon Geraghty, who is now the leader of the Tory-led council, made his own slice of history by being the first man to hold the role twice.

Cllr Geraghty, also leader from 2006 to 2013, called Worcester “a great city” and said he was “delighted” to be back at the helm.

New deputy leader Councillor Marc Bayliss called the Labour administration “potty” and said it had presided over “unpopular” policies like raising parking charges.

“With 17 of the 35 councillors we believe we should have the opportunity to create a stable administration,” he said. “It’s time to put Worcester back on the right track.

“In a real world of tough choices, the key mission for our group is what we deliver, not how we deliver it.”

Labour’s Richard Udall called it a motion over “selling the city”, saying the Tories would privatise “parks, street cleaning, bin collections” if they took control.

Cllr Gregson, who appeared resigned to his fate, said “a return to the dark ages beckons.”

Cllr Bayliss countered by saying Labour had an “obsession” over keeping services in-house.

May’s elections left Labour on 16 councillors, with one Lib Dem, Liz Smith, and Neil Laurenson the lone Green.

Ever since, as Cllr Smith insisted she was prepared to back Labour, Cllr Laurenson was regarded as a ‘kingmaker’, with both main parties trying to get a Green deal in place.

But on Sunday Cllr Amos, amid a series of fallouts with his Labour colleagues, decided to quit, changing the entire plot.

During last night’s vote Cllr Laurenson and Cllr Smith backed Adrian Gregson, along with all 15 Labour councillors. But 17 Tories and Cllr Amos booted them out.

Labour had only been in power for one year after teaming up with the Greens and Lib Dems last May to oust the Conservatives for the first time since 2000.

The new cabinet contains Chris Mitchell, who takes over the finance brief, Andy Roberts in the cleaner and greener service, Lucy Hodgson in customer services and David Wilkinson who gets the safer and stronger portfolio.

Cllr Amos took over from Pat Agar as mayor. The new deputy mayor is Roger Knight, a Conservative.

* TOMORROW'S Worcester News will feature a three-page special on the dramatic coup. 

 

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10:40am Wed 4 Jun 14

Pomygranit says...

Cllr Geraghty, also leader from 2006 to 2013, called Worcester “a great city” and said he was “delighted” to be back at the helm.

He forgot to add
'I have allowed a man with a caution for indecency to be the citys mayor'

I am sure he is very proud of this achivement.
Cllr Geraghty, also leader from 2006 to 2013, called Worcester “a great city” and said he was “delighted” to be back at the helm. He forgot to add 'I have allowed a man with a caution for indecency to be the citys mayor' I am sure he is very proud of this achivement. Pomygranit
  • Score: 39

11:10am Wed 4 Jun 14

Worcester Lad says...

Younger voters in Worcester probably know him only as a local Labour councillor, recently in the news for trying to twin the venerable cathedral city with Gaza. But those with longer memories will recall a very different political animal - a right-wing Tory MP who once advocated flogging for rapists and muggers and birching for young offenders. This is a small extract from an article entitled Total Politics ,where are they now by Paul Linford 22nd Nov 2010 Makes interesting reading.Have a look.
Younger voters in Worcester probably know him only as a local Labour councillor, recently in the news for trying to twin the venerable cathedral city with Gaza. But those with longer memories will recall a very different political animal - a right-wing Tory MP who once advocated flogging for rapists and muggers and birching for young offenders. This is a small extract from an article entitled Total Politics ,where are they now by Paul Linford 22nd Nov 2010 Makes interesting reading.Have a look. Worcester Lad
  • Score: 20

11:11am Wed 4 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

Allan Amos going head to head with Jabba Riaz for conviction politician of the year? Poor old Jabba will be crying into his milk tonight.. the mayorship was so close.

Geraghty can put away his leather-bound copy of 'the Prince' for another year. (Strokes cat with gloved hand).
Allan Amos going head to head with Jabba Riaz for conviction politician of the year? Poor old Jabba will be crying into his milk tonight.. the mayorship was so close. Geraghty can put away his leather-bound copy of 'the Prince' for another year. (Strokes cat with gloved hand). Ted Elgar
  • Score: 14

11:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

skychip says...

Sounds like a load of children - hope they manage to run the Council okay,
Sounds like a load of children - hope they manage to run the Council okay, skychip
  • Score: 11

11:24am Wed 4 Jun 14

barbourne-worcester says...

I'm guessing the Deputy Mayor Roger Knight will be very busy this coming year! Who is going to want Amos to attend their charity events, meetings and open community events?
I'm guessing the Deputy Mayor Roger Knight will be very busy this coming year! Who is going to want Amos to attend their charity events, meetings and open community events? barbourne-worcester
  • Score: 36

11:30am Wed 4 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

The Heathland Conservation Society perhaps?
The Heathland Conservation Society perhaps? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 11

11:40am Wed 4 Jun 14

liketoknow says...

skychip wrote:
Sounds like a load of children - hope they manage to run the Council okay,
playground politics
[quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a load of children - hope they manage to run the Council okay,[/p][/quote]playground politics liketoknow
  • Score: 7

11:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

stour67 says...

Turn coat amos had probably already planned this before the election,and the people who voted for him have been duped,god help us all.
Turn coat amos had probably already planned this before the election,and the people who voted for him have been duped,god help us all. stour67
  • Score: 26

12:00pm Wed 4 Jun 14

the batshake says...

What is the point of voting for these arseholes when they can change their allegiances to whatever party they want after they get power. This needs to be stopped.
What is the point of voting for these arseholes when they can change their allegiances to whatever party they want after they get power. This needs to be stopped. the batshake
  • Score: 36

12:04pm Wed 4 Jun 14

the batshake says...

stour67 wrote:
Turn coat amos had probably already planned this before the election,and the people who voted for him have been duped,god help us all.
You proudly boasted about not voting in the elections in a comment you made on a previous article so why the hell are you moaning about this story. No vote=no voice.
[quote][p][bold]stour67[/bold] wrote: Turn coat amos had probably already planned this before the election,and the people who voted for him have been duped,god help us all.[/p][/quote]You proudly boasted about not voting in the elections in a comment you made on a previous article so why the hell are you moaning about this story. No vote=no voice. the batshake
  • Score: 22

12:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

It is a pretty shockng state of affairs that Cllr. Amos's ward voted Labour, but are getting Conservative whether they like it or not.
Utterly undemocratic.
It is a pretty shockng state of affairs that Cllr. Amos's ward voted Labour, but are getting Conservative whether they like it or not. Utterly undemocratic. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 30

12:30pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Shibdrift says...

And these morons really believe we should be voting for them!
And these morons really believe we should be voting for them! Shibdrift
  • Score: 13

12:35pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FranklyFrank says...

2 years ago the Liberal Democrats (there were 2 then) signed a two-year agreement to support the Conservatives as the largest party on the council in the declared interest of stability. They reneged on that agreement after a year and switched support to Labour with no warning. Significantly, when the Lib-Dems supported a Conservative administration at the Guildhall they held the Claines County Council seat easily, and when they swittched to support Labour they lost the Claines city seat easily.

In defending their 1 year administration Labour councillors claimed credit for things like the high street repaving and city centre regeneration scheme which were started by the Conservatives and also for Diglis Field money which is from developers and nothing to do with them. As a Diglis resident I find the relentless credit-claiming to be not just wrong but ridiculous since the money was allocated before Cathedral Ward Labour councillors were elected!

They neglected to mention that Labour promised to cut parking charges in opposition & the first thing they did in control was to raise them-or that they cut play area maintenance and a street sweeper.

As for Labour voters in Warndon getting a Tory council-when the Conservatives previously ran Worcester Worcester they transformed the Warndon Shap Drive community centre and started support for apprenticeships, while Labour threatened to reduce street sweeping in what they see as 'Tory areas' of our city.
2 years ago the Liberal Democrats (there were 2 then) signed a two-year agreement to support the Conservatives as the largest party on the council in the declared interest of stability. They reneged on that agreement after a year and switched support to Labour with no warning. Significantly, when the Lib-Dems supported a Conservative administration at the Guildhall they held the Claines County Council seat easily, and when they swittched to support Labour they lost the Claines city seat easily. In defending their 1 year administration Labour councillors claimed credit for things like the high street repaving and city centre regeneration scheme which were started by the Conservatives and also for Diglis Field money which is from developers and nothing to do with them. As a Diglis resident I find the relentless credit-claiming to be not just wrong but ridiculous since the money was allocated before Cathedral Ward Labour councillors were elected! They neglected to mention that Labour promised to cut parking charges in opposition & the first thing they did in control was to raise them-or that they cut play area maintenance and a street sweeper. As for Labour voters in Warndon getting a Tory council-when the Conservatives previously ran Worcester Worcester they transformed the Warndon Shap Drive community centre and started support for apprenticeships, while Labour threatened to reduce street sweeping in what they see as 'Tory areas' of our city. FranklyFrank
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Popley67 says...

Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce!
Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!!
Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly,
Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!!
Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!! Popley67
  • Score: 14

12:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

pudniw_gib says...

the batshake wrote:
stour67 wrote:
Turn coat amos had probably already planned this before the election,and the people who voted for him have been duped,god help us all.
You proudly boasted about not voting in the elections in a comment you made on a previous article so why the hell are you moaning about this story. No vote=no voice.
I think the point is; whoever you vote for they cannot be trusted to swap sides anyway.. So what is the point of voting?
It would be better if party politics were removed from local councils, most voters don't have a clue what the candidate really thinks when they vote for them...
Look at towns like Malvern.. the Tories win most of it just because they are Tories. It doesn't really help the locals get what they require.
The smaller parties such as Green sometimes get a councillor voted in and independents might get a seat, but this means the locals have given a bit of thought at least to who they are voting for and not just going blue or red like always.
[quote][p][bold]the batshake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stour67[/bold] wrote: Turn coat amos had probably already planned this before the election,and the people who voted for him have been duped,god help us all.[/p][/quote]You proudly boasted about not voting in the elections in a comment you made on a previous article so why the hell are you moaning about this story. No vote=no voice.[/p][/quote]I think the point is; whoever you vote for they cannot be trusted to swap sides anyway.. So what is the point of voting? It would be better if party politics were removed from local councils, most voters don't have a clue what the candidate really thinks when they vote for them... Look at towns like Malvern.. the Tories win most of it just because they are Tories. It doesn't really help the locals get what they require. The smaller parties such as Green sometimes get a councillor voted in and independents might get a seat, but this means the locals have given a bit of thought at least to who they are voting for and not just going blue or red like always. pudniw_gib
  • Score: 12

12:51pm Wed 4 Jun 14

emjaypee says...

the batshake wrote:
What is the point of voting for these arseholes when they can change their allegiances to whatever party they want after they get power. This needs to be stopped.
This behaviour is par for the course in Wyre Forest, yet the repeat offenders still get returned. However just recently some of them got their just desserts, let's hope the same happens next year.
[quote][p][bold]the batshake[/bold] wrote: What is the point of voting for these arseholes when they can change their allegiances to whatever party they want after they get power. This needs to be stopped.[/p][/quote]This behaviour is par for the course in Wyre Forest, yet the repeat offenders still get returned. However just recently some of them got their just desserts, let's hope the same happens next year. emjaypee
  • Score: 9

12:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FranklyFrank says...

Labour's true view of the 1 Lib Dem & 1 Green councillor were shown when committee seats were allocated. Councillors who are too few to form an official group are only entitled to sit on one of the regulatory & scrutiny committees which hold the council to account. The Conservatives proposed to change this and give them two seats-the same as councillors belonging to official groups. Labour vetoed this-showing how much they really care about having an open and inclusive council.
Labour's true view of the 1 Lib Dem & 1 Green councillor were shown when committee seats were allocated. Councillors who are too few to form an official group are only entitled to sit on one of the regulatory & scrutiny committees which hold the council to account. The Conservatives proposed to change this and give them two seats-the same as councillors belonging to official groups. Labour vetoed this-showing how much they really care about having an open and inclusive council. FranklyFrank
  • Score: 6

1:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward.
Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too.
I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.
Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward. Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too. I hope the people of Worcester give him hell. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 14

1:46pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Shropshirelad says...

This is what happens when Labour display such naked treachery in not showing any loyalty to their own kind. They wanted Riaz to be Deputy Mayor when he had only recently been a turncoat for a highly questionable reason and switched from Tory to Labour. His length of service in Labour must have been all of a month. I suspect that the post of Deputy Mayor was held out to Riaz as a reward for changing parties, even if it wasn't, he was the least qualified on the Labour side to get that post. What this shows is that with such an appalling record in the short space of time that they took over the Council, the Labourites are utterly unfit for any kind of local politics in Worcestershire. To those that doubt this, look at an immediate raising of the Council Tax by the Labourites and then the incredulously huge raising of the parking fees - makes a bit of a nonsense of Red Ed's sympathy for the common householder who have (according to him) had stagnant incomes, rising prices etc etc. He can't rely on the Labourites in Worcester to toe the party line can he.
No time for the Tories, wouldn't give them breathing space but, given a choice between them and Labour - give me the Tories any time. Having said that I hope to see them both lose the next election in Worcester.
This is what happens when Labour display such naked treachery in not showing any loyalty to their own kind. They wanted Riaz to be Deputy Mayor when he had only recently been a turncoat for a highly questionable reason and switched from Tory to Labour. His length of service in Labour must have been all of a month. I suspect that the post of Deputy Mayor was held out to Riaz as a reward for changing parties, even if it wasn't, he was the least qualified on the Labour side to get that post. What this shows is that with such an appalling record in the short space of time that they took over the Council, the Labourites are utterly unfit for any kind of local politics in Worcestershire. To those that doubt this, look at an immediate raising of the Council Tax by the Labourites and then the incredulously huge raising of the parking fees - makes a bit of a nonsense of Red Ed's sympathy for the common householder who have (according to him) had stagnant incomes, rising prices etc etc. He can't rely on the Labourites in Worcester to toe the party line can he. No time for the Tories, wouldn't give them breathing space but, given a choice between them and Labour - give me the Tories any time. Having said that I hope to see them both lose the next election in Worcester. Shropshirelad
  • Score: 2

1:56pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

No political system can prevent horse-trading like this. But there is something horribly wrong with our political culture when things like this happen.

Labour do seem marginally less vile than the Tories, who seem to be the absolute pits. And as for the Liberal Democrats, I doubt anyone really knows what they stand for, apart from their own self-interest. We never hear a peep out of them, apart from when they are flipping.
No political system can prevent horse-trading like this. But there is something horribly wrong with our political culture when things like this happen. Labour do seem marginally less vile than the Tories, who seem to be the absolute pits. And as for the Liberal Democrats, I doubt anyone really knows what they stand for, apart from their own self-interest. We never hear a peep out of them, apart from when they are flipping. BC10ax
  • Score: 6

2:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

High Time says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward.
Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too.
I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.
The majority of people in Worcester will not know and will not care about someone's past being dragged up on here. Walk up the High Street and ask people who the Mayor of Worcester is and I think the answer will be Alan who? I will judge Alan Amos in 12 months time when his term of office has finished.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward. Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too. I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.[/p][/quote]The majority of people in Worcester will not know and will not care about someone's past being dragged up on here. Walk up the High Street and ask people who the Mayor of Worcester is and I think the answer will be Alan who? I will judge Alan Amos in 12 months time when his term of office has finished. High Time
  • Score: 5

2:13pm Wed 4 Jun 14

trigg70 says...

What is the position of Cllr. Amos at the County Council? Surely he can't work in the Labour Group up at County Hall? I agree I can't imagine anyone inviting him in his new civic role. Selling your soul for a shiny necklace!
What is the position of Cllr. Amos at the County Council? Surely he can't work in the Labour Group up at County Hall? I agree I can't imagine anyone inviting him in his new civic role. Selling your soul for a shiny necklace! trigg70
  • Score: 16

3:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MJI says...

Popley67 wrote:
Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce!
Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!!
Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly,
Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!!
Riaz is a bit of a tool.

Look at that house!
[quote][p][bold]Popley67[/bold] wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!![/p][/quote]Riaz is a bit of a tool. Look at that house! MJI
  • Score: -4

3:50pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Nortynorse says...

Well slimey Geraghty and even slimier Bayliss are back at the helm, like children who have been given back their toys form the other boys.

Looking back on this FIASCO, which it all it is I am ashamed to say I was raised in Worcester when you look at all the backstabbing & cozeying up that has been done. Slimeir Bayliss needs to remeber his roots, wasn't he a Labour councillor not so many years ago,? and look whose ward he represents, none other than Derek "the dodger" Prodger, still Marc you are in good company NOT!!!

This political move will now spell the death knell for Bin Collections & parks as Slimey Geraghty allways wanted it privatised, after getting his face rubbed in the dirt by the other local councils some years ago.

I recall another chief excutive who spelt the death knell for council housing stock, one David Wareing. It's nice to see Slimey following in his footsteps.

All I say to you Tory/Labour/Libs/and Indies (you cant count the Green "singular"), you all got what you derserved.
Well slimey Geraghty and even slimier Bayliss are back at the helm, like children who have been given back their toys form the other boys. Looking back on this FIASCO, which it all it is I am ashamed to say I was raised in Worcester when you look at all the backstabbing & cozeying up that has been done. Slimeir Bayliss needs to remeber his roots, wasn't he a Labour councillor not so many years ago,? and look whose ward he represents, none other than Derek "the dodger" Prodger, still Marc you are in good company NOT!!! This political move will now spell the death knell for Bin Collections & parks as Slimey Geraghty allways wanted it privatised, after getting his face rubbed in the dirt by the other local councils some years ago. I recall another chief excutive who spelt the death knell for council housing stock, one David Wareing. It's nice to see Slimey following in his footsteps. All I say to you Tory/Labour/Libs/and Indies (you cant count the Green "singular"), you all got what you derserved. Nortynorse
  • Score: 5

3:50pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Paul Griffiths says...

@FranklyFrank

It was not a 2 year agreement. The Liberal Democrats did not renege - the agreement was simply ended as all voluntary agreements can be. I'm not sure what point you are attempting to make regarding Claines, but to me it shows that when Cllr Liz Smith and Cllr Ken Carpenter took the decision to support a Labour/LibDem administration they were motivated by a concern for the future of the city as a whole, not their party's own immediate electoral prospects.
@FranklyFrank It was not a 2 year agreement. The Liberal Democrats did not renege - the agreement was simply ended as all voluntary agreements can be. I'm not sure what point you are attempting to make regarding Claines, but to me it shows that when Cllr Liz Smith and Cllr Ken Carpenter took the decision to support a Labour/LibDem administration they were motivated by a concern for the future of the city as a whole, not their party's own immediate electoral prospects. Paul Griffiths
  • Score: 4

4:04pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Popley67 says...

MJI wrote:
Popley67 wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!!
Riaz is a bit of a tool. Look at that house!
Hmmm I think you are refering to Allah Dittahs House not Jabbas!!!

Oops!!!
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Popley67[/bold] wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!![/p][/quote]Riaz is a bit of a tool. Look at that house![/p][/quote]Hmmm I think you are refering to Allah Dittahs House not Jabbas!!! Oops!!! Popley67
  • Score: 19

4:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

High Time says...

MJI wrote:
Popley67 wrote:
Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce!
Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!!
Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly,
Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!!
Riaz is a bit of a tool.

Look at that house!
"Look at that house" If you are meaning a house in Timberdine Avenue you've got the wrong Councillor.
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Popley67[/bold] wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!![/p][/quote]Riaz is a bit of a tool. Look at that house![/p][/quote]"Look at that house" If you are meaning a house in Timberdine Avenue you've got the wrong Councillor. High Time
  • Score: 18

4:37pm Wed 4 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

Great News, can't wait to hear the howls of grief from Jabalalad and icycle for their labour and green buddies :)
Great News, can't wait to hear the howls of grief from Jabalalad and icycle for their labour and green buddies :) DarrenM
  • Score: 6

4:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

jankersjoe says...

If nothing else this whole sorry farce will guarantee a mention in the Rotten Boroughs section of Private Eye.
If nothing else this whole sorry farce will guarantee a mention in the Rotten Boroughs section of Private Eye. jankersjoe
  • Score: 11

4:42pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dropkick55 says...

Drama at Worcester City Council as Tory Simon Geraghty snatches leadership from Labour's Adrian Gregson
THAT'S BECAUSE WE DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIM!
Like Cameron another unelected Tory in power!!
Drama at Worcester City Council as Tory Simon Geraghty snatches leadership from Labour's Adrian Gregson THAT'S BECAUSE WE DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIM! Like Cameron another unelected Tory in power!! dropkick55
  • Score: 6

5:19pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Doesitmakesense?? says...

And they wonder why people don't bother to vote these days. I've voted in virtually every local, national and euro election for the past 25 years and now I'm seriously thinking it's pointless - why bother - whoever you vote for they use it to meet their own personal ends and to get power - shame on them all!!

ps there shouldn't be a mayor - it serves no purpose other than just ceremonial - we need the money spend on real needs for the city.
And they wonder why people don't bother to vote these days. I've voted in virtually every local, national and euro election for the past 25 years and now I'm seriously thinking it's pointless - why bother - whoever you vote for they use it to meet their own personal ends and to get power - shame on them all!! ps there shouldn't be a mayor - it serves no purpose other than just ceremonial - we need the money spend on real needs for the city. Doesitmakesense??
  • Score: 21

5:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Voice of the Voyager says...

We should take a leaf out of those in Cheltenham, who have a party called 'People Against Bureaucracy' - all independent. Not the career politicians of Geraghty, desperate for power, or the Flip-Flops of Riaz or Amos. What a bunch, most are so bent they could not lie straight in bed...it brings ridicule and shame on this city, but they are so self serving with no conscience, they cannot see it. Unbelievable, but sadly the world we live in.
We should take a leaf out of those in Cheltenham, who have a party called 'People Against Bureaucracy' - all independent. Not the career politicians of Geraghty, desperate for power, or the Flip-Flops of Riaz or Amos. What a bunch, most are so bent they could not lie straight in bed...it brings ridicule and shame on this city, but they are so self serving with no conscience, they cannot see it. Unbelievable, but sadly the world we live in. Voice of the Voyager
  • Score: 20

5:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Voice of the Voyager says...

I wonder how many invited people will either attend, or boycott, the annual Mayoral service at the Cathedral in June - or protest outside as to the sheer hypocrisy of it all. Because in all of this, the voter seems to have been somewhat left far behind...
I wonder how many invited people will either attend, or boycott, the annual Mayoral service at the Cathedral in June - or protest outside as to the sheer hypocrisy of it all. Because in all of this, the voter seems to have been somewhat left far behind... Voice of the Voyager
  • Score: 15

5:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ray1111 says...

Popley67 wrote:
Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce!
Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!!
Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly,
Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!!
why would jabba riaz be a brillant mayor ?
[quote][p][bold]Popley67[/bold] wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!![/p][/quote]why would jabba riaz be a brillant mayor ? ray1111
  • Score: 4

6:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ray1111 says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward.
Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too.
I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.
why would jabba riaz be a brillant mayor ?
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward. Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too. I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.[/p][/quote]why would jabba riaz be a brillant mayor ? ray1111
  • Score: 5

6:02pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ray1111 says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward.
Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too.
I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.
with out the ukip splitting the tory vote lancaster would have won . riaz did not get a overall majority of the vote in cathedral did he ?
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward. Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too. I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.[/p][/quote]with out the ukip splitting the tory vote lancaster would have won . riaz did not get a overall majority of the vote in cathedral did he ? ray1111
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FranklyFrank says...

I think several posters have missed the point-where the two main parties have 17 and 16 councillors respectively (& each needs 18 for a majority) and then there are two councillors from other parties, there is bound to be what looks like grubby horse-trading I'm afraid. Before Alan Amos left Labour there was both criticism and praise for Neil Laurenson's wish-list.

I must admit that Alan Amos' actions took me by surprise. But someone has to run the council. It is the Liberal Democrats' actions I do not understand. They supported the previous Labour administration's Budget which, among other things, cut the play area maintenance budget by 9%. But since this was only £10,000 they surely could have voted against the cut or brought influence to bear before the vote to prevent it from even being proposed. They signed up to support the Labour council (and therefore identified themselves with Labour) without getting anything to benefit the city in return.
I think several posters have missed the point-where the two main parties have 17 and 16 councillors respectively (& each needs 18 for a majority) and then there are two councillors from other parties, there is bound to be what looks like grubby horse-trading I'm afraid. Before Alan Amos left Labour there was both criticism and praise for Neil Laurenson's wish-list. I must admit that Alan Amos' actions took me by surprise. But someone has to run the council. It is the Liberal Democrats' actions I do not understand. They supported the previous Labour administration's Budget which, among other things, cut the play area maintenance budget by 9%. But since this was only £10,000 they surely could have voted against the cut or brought influence to bear before the vote to prevent it from even being proposed. They signed up to support the Labour council (and therefore identified themselves with Labour) without getting anything to benefit the city in return. FranklyFrank
  • Score: 3

6:47pm Wed 4 Jun 14

green49 says...

WHAT AN ABSOLUTE PANTOMIME.
WHAT AN ABSOLUTE PANTOMIME. green49
  • Score: 6

7:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Burgerandapint says...

Self gratification !!!
Self gratification !!! Burgerandapint
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Paul Griffiths says...

@FranklyFrank

You really need to make up your mind. Is the change to the Play Area budget so large that it needed to be denounced in every Conservative election leaflet, or is it now so negligible that you can't understand why it was proposed in the first place?
@FranklyFrank You really need to make up your mind. Is the change to the Play Area budget so large that it needed to be denounced in every Conservative election leaflet, or is it now so negligible that you can't understand why it was proposed in the first place? Paul Griffiths
  • Score: 4

7:37pm Wed 4 Jun 14

brooksider says...

Much as I love 'Conviction' politicians, Alan Amos isn't one.
He was only cautioned.
Much as I love 'Conviction' politicians, Alan Amos isn't one. He was only cautioned. brooksider
  • Score: 8

8:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MJI says...

Popley67 wrote:
MJI wrote:
Popley67 wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!!
Riaz is a bit of a tool. Look at that house!
Hmmm I think you are refering to Allah Dittahs House not Jabbas!!!

Oops!!!
Whoops - thanks for telling me
[quote][p][bold]Popley67[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Popley67[/bold] wrote: Ted Elgar - you are soo right I for one will not be inviting the Mayor to any of my Organisations events, What a farce! Change allegience, gets a casting vote, as a Thank you he gets mayor!!!! Personally i dont care what party is in control as long as its done fairly, Jabba Ria would have been a brilliant Mayor for the city - Worcester I am ashamed !!![/p][/quote]Riaz is a bit of a tool. Look at that house![/p][/quote]Hmmm I think you are refering to Allah Dittahs House not Jabbas!!! Oops!!![/p][/quote]Whoops - thanks for telling me MJI
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MJI says...

Sorry Ditta is a tool not Riaz
Sorry Ditta is a tool not Riaz MJI
  • Score: 4

8:12pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Jaddabab says...

ray1111 wrote:
Ted Elgar wrote:
Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward.
Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too.
I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.
with out the ukip splitting the tory vote lancaster would have won . riaz did not get a overall majority of the vote in cathedral did he ?
Cathedral:

Total Electorate - 7716
Votes Cast - 2998
Spoiled Papers - 13
Turnout 38.84%

Finch (UKIP) 367
Lankester (Conservative) 1021
North (BNP) 24
O'Dell (Green) 354
Riaz (Labour) 1219

So if you did take the simple method of transferring all UKIP votes to Conservative (although this wouldn't be the case as you'd have had UKIP defectors from other parties as well) - then it comes out to Lankester: 1388, Riaz: 1219
[quote][p][bold]ray1111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: Jabba Riaz may have switched sides but he has a clear mandate having run in the difficult Cathedral ward. Alan Amos on the other hand; no democratic mandate at all, a history of political hypocrisy (adopting a right-wing stance when he was off out cottaging at the weekend), with a clearly petulant nature, switching sides when he didnt get what he clearly felt he was entitled too. I hope the people of Worcester give him hell.[/p][/quote]with out the ukip splitting the tory vote lancaster would have won . riaz did not get a overall majority of the vote in cathedral did he ?[/p][/quote]Cathedral: Total Electorate - 7716 Votes Cast - 2998 Spoiled Papers - 13 Turnout 38.84% Finch (UKIP) 367 Lankester (Conservative) 1021 North (BNP) 24 O'Dell (Green) 354 Riaz (Labour) 1219 So if you did take the simple method of transferring all UKIP votes to Conservative (although this wouldn't be the case as you'd have had UKIP defectors from other parties as well) - then it comes out to Lankester: 1388, Riaz: 1219 Jaddabab
  • Score: -4

8:33pm Wed 4 Jun 14

grumpy40 says...

Well, Cllr Amos has yet again sold out his constituents. He clearly resigned from labour saying that he hadn't been involved with local leadership, then hey presto within 3 days he votes in line with the tories and then gets to be the city mayor. Not sure about anyone else, but does this smell of him being "bought" if he gives the tories his support? Surely there must be better representatives for the city ?
I totally agree with an earlier poster and sack the lot of the councillors and have an election where the public can choose who they want to run our city.
Well, Cllr Amos has yet again sold out his constituents. He clearly resigned from labour saying that he hadn't been involved with local leadership, then hey presto within 3 days he votes in line with the tories and then gets to be the city mayor. Not sure about anyone else, but does this smell of him being "bought" if he gives the tories his support? Surely there must be better representatives for the city ? I totally agree with an earlier poster and sack the lot of the councillors and have an election where the public can choose who they want to run our city. grumpy40
  • Score: 6

9:22pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FranklyFrank says...

'So if you did take the simple method of transferring all UKIP votes to Conservative (although this wouldn't be the case as you'd have had UKIP defectors from other parties as well) - then it comes out to Lankester: 1388, Riaz: 1219'

As much as I appreciate Jaddabab's efforts, I'm afraid that probably only about half the UKIP voters might have voted Conservative if there was no UKIP candidate-and it's hypothetical anyway. I suspect I would still have lost. Fortunately, unlike Jabba, although I would consider it to be a privilege to be a councillor again I don't "need" to be one.

In reply to Paul Griffiths, a 9% reduction in what ought to be an affordable budget looks odd and is a large proprtion. Nowadays if a piece of play equipment is not repaired it will be removed for health & safety reasons. So this reduction is more damaging than it looks at first sight.
'So if you did take the simple method of transferring all UKIP votes to Conservative (although this wouldn't be the case as you'd have had UKIP defectors from other parties as well) - then it comes out to Lankester: 1388, Riaz: 1219' As much as I appreciate Jaddabab's efforts, I'm afraid that probably only about half the UKIP voters might have voted Conservative if there was no UKIP candidate-and it's hypothetical anyway. I suspect I would still have lost. Fortunately, unlike Jabba, although I would consider it to be a privilege to be a councillor again I don't "need" to be one. In reply to Paul Griffiths, a 9% reduction in what ought to be an affordable budget looks odd and is a large proprtion. Nowadays if a piece of play equipment is not repaired it will be removed for health & safety reasons. So this reduction is more damaging than it looks at first sight. FranklyFrank
  • Score: 4

11:20pm Wed 4 Jun 14

i-cycle says...

DarrenM wrote:
Great News, can't wait to hear the howls of grief from Jabalalad and icycle for their labour and green buddies :)
Hi Darren.

Just for the record.

I have no political affiliations.

I'm also not anti-car. Indeed I live in a two car household.

My post have only tried to encourage more to consider using bikes instead of cars for those shorter journeys and for a whole host of reasons that will benefit individuals and society more generally.

Where I am critical of motorists is where they present themselves as having higher moral authority to ignore speeds limits and other rules of the road. If you'd have read my posts carefully you' d also realise that I'm also critical of cyclists that don't respect the law and fail to be considerate to other highway users including pedestrians.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: Great News, can't wait to hear the howls of grief from Jabalalad and icycle for their labour and green buddies :)[/p][/quote]Hi Darren. Just for the record. I have no political affiliations. I'm also not anti-car. Indeed I live in a two car household. My post have only tried to encourage more to consider using bikes instead of cars for those shorter journeys and for a whole host of reasons that will benefit individuals and society more generally. Where I am critical of motorists is where they present themselves as having higher moral authority to ignore speeds limits and other rules of the road. If you'd have read my posts carefully you' d also realise that I'm also critical of cyclists that don't respect the law and fail to be considerate to other highway users including pedestrians. i-cycle
  • Score: 3

12:16am Thu 5 Jun 14

speak your mind says...

Glad I don't live in Worcester. Can come and go as I need.If the cost or any inconvience when visiting the city doesn't suit me I can always go elsewhere!
Glad I don't live in Worcester. Can come and go as I need.If the cost or any inconvience when visiting the city doesn't suit me I can always go elsewhere! speak your mind
  • Score: 1

12:48am Thu 5 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

I think that Riaz and Labour have now sown up the Cathedral Ward for ever. With the CONservatives and Alan Amos being the cause for Riaz not being Mayor, and although I agree that he hadn't been a labour Councillor for but a few days, but he did not misapropiate Conservative votes as he was duly elected by the voters to be a Labour councillor . So now the CONservatives will have upset the Asian vote in the Cathedral Ward, so JOB DONE. Rough, Dirty, Old Game politics.
I think that Riaz and Labour have now sown up the Cathedral Ward for ever. With the CONservatives and Alan Amos being the cause for Riaz not being Mayor, and although I agree that he hadn't been a labour Councillor for but a few days, but he did not misapropiate Conservative votes as he was duly elected by the voters to be a Labour councillor . So now the CONservatives will have upset the Asian vote in the Cathedral Ward, so JOB DONE. Rough, Dirty, Old Game politics. Jabbadad
  • Score: -2

9:08am Thu 5 Jun 14

High Time says...

grumpy40 wrote:
Well, Cllr Amos has yet again sold out his constituents. He clearly resigned from labour saying that he hadn't been involved with local leadership, then hey presto within 3 days he votes in line with the tories and then gets to be the city mayor. Not sure about anyone else, but does this smell of him being "bought" if he gives the tories his support? Surely there must be better representatives for the city ?
I totally agree with an earlier poster and sack the lot of the councillors and have an election where the public can choose who they want to run our city.
The public did have a say into who runs the Council. There was elections on May 22nd and the usual few bothered to go out to vote.
[quote][p][bold]grumpy40[/bold] wrote: Well, Cllr Amos has yet again sold out his constituents. He clearly resigned from labour saying that he hadn't been involved with local leadership, then hey presto within 3 days he votes in line with the tories and then gets to be the city mayor. Not sure about anyone else, but does this smell of him being "bought" if he gives the tories his support? Surely there must be better representatives for the city ? I totally agree with an earlier poster and sack the lot of the councillors and have an election where the public can choose who they want to run our city.[/p][/quote]The public did have a say into who runs the Council. There was elections on May 22nd and the usual few bothered to go out to vote. High Time
  • Score: 6

8:33pm Thu 5 Jun 14

grumpy40 says...

High Time. Yes I was aware that SOME wards had an election..But not all in Worcester and I don't believe Amos' ward was one of them. Another disservice to his electorate.
High Time. Yes I was aware that SOME wards had an election..But not all in Worcester and I don't believe Amos' ward was one of them. Another disservice to his electorate. grumpy40
  • Score: -2

3:04pm Sun 8 Jun 14

marthajones says...

A great shame and travesty , this man has not an ounce of decency, he has brought this office into disrepute and doesn't even care. The power crazed Conservatives , desperate to get into power, have fallen for the deviousness of Bayliss who is the real culprit here , asking about City political balances at County hall days before the meeting ? "Honest gov there was no plan it just miraculously happened?" . I feel sorry for the rest of the Tory group some of them are really good people, but they have inadvertently brought this shameful saga upon them selves by letting a disgruntled Labourite with a personal grudge control everything?. His role is key in all this and now the Tories have seen his true colours. How could the association allow this to happen? As for Allen , he has truly been dumped on the scrap heap, do the decent thing and resign.
A great shame and travesty , this man has not an ounce of decency, he has brought this office into disrepute and doesn't even care. The power crazed Conservatives , desperate to get into power, have fallen for the deviousness of Bayliss who is the real culprit here , asking about City political balances at County hall days before the meeting ? "Honest gov there was no plan it just miraculously happened?" . I feel sorry for the rest of the Tory group some of them are really good people, but they have inadvertently brought this shameful saga upon them selves by letting a disgruntled Labourite with a personal grudge control everything?. His role is key in all this and now the Tories have seen his true colours. How could the association allow this to happen? As for Allen , he has truly been dumped on the scrap heap, do the decent thing and resign. marthajones
  • Score: -1

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