Tory deal to form new administration rejected by Indi’s at Cornwall Council

The horse trading to form a new administration at Cornwall Council is proving problematic. The Tory’s have a new group leader, after reasons only known to them, they decided not to stick with John Keeling and replaced him.  The other is the rejection by the Indi’s of the Tory offer of a forming an administration. In truth, it was not a joint-administration offer, because the deal was not an equal partnership and therefore was prone to failure.

The Tory’s deal offered the Independents four of the ten cabinet seats, they would ‘consider’ an Indi Chairman of the Council and Deputy, plus they would be ‘more than happy to work with the Independents to come to an agreement on the matter of Chairs and Deputy Chairs of Scrutiny Committees’. And finally, the Tory’s ‘will require any Independents who work with us to agree in principle to the Conservative Group’s Manifesto commitments for the 2017 local elections.’

It does not take a lot to work out the answer to the deal, but for those who cannot guess, it was a resounding no to this offer. You almost get the impression they wanted the deal to be rejected with the inclusion of signing up to the Tory manifesto. Or worse, they were delusional in thinking a group of people elected as Independents, would suddenly sign-up to a political party’s manifesto.

This leaves forming a new administration in unchartered waters, as the Indi’s will be putting forward their own candidate for Leader. But like the Tory’s, the Indi’s do not have a majority to win a leadership vote without support from others, namely MK, Labour and the Lib Dems. The latter could put forward their own Leader contender to make it a three-way battle to be the next Leader of Cornwall Council.

Interesting times…

The new Porthleven Town Council

Thursday evening, the newly elected Councillors of Porthleven Town Council met formally for the first time. I was very honoured to be elected Mayor of Porthleven and Bev Plunkett was elected to the office of Deputy Mayor. I would like to congratulate all those now in office who are very keen to do their very best for Porthleven.

Your Councillors are:

Bev Plunkett (Deputy Mayor), Daniel Williams, Mike Toy, Alan Jorgensen, Liz Lane, Naomi Osmond, Mark Adair and Tom Harrison.

My first role in office was to thank all who had served on Porthleven Town Council since the last election in 2013 and May 2017. The former Councillors are:

Sue Johns, Liz Lane, Brian Michael, Julia Schofield, Robyn Davies, Sally-Anne Nieuwoudt, Dick Powell and Trevor Toms. And the two former Mayors of Porthleven, Barbara Powell and Mark Berryman.

I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow Porthleven Town Councillors over the next few years.


Cornwall Council’s political groups eye each other up to form a new administration

The Election is over, once enemies on the campaign trail now have to find a way to form a new Cornwall Council administration. This is in itself is no easy task because no one party or group has an overall majority to form a administration. This either means another ‘partnership’ or one group attempting to form a minority administration.

Cue the start of the political horse-trading. Some say the convention is for the largest group to have a go at forming an administration, but there is nothing in the rule book to say this has to happen. However, for the latter to happen there needs to be the will, and from what I have seen and heard, there is none.

The Conservative’s are the largest group of 46 Councillors. They are going through the motions of attempting to form an administration. But they know they do not have the numbers to guarantee their choice of Leader. The magic number is 62. So they must convince one of the other groups to support or hope – and it is a big hope – that the other groups and individuals do not vote against their choice for Leader is they attempt a minority administration. However, for any formal agreement to be made, Cabinet seats will have to be offered. How many is always a mute point, but I do not think it will be on an even split of 5/5. More like 7/3 with an outside chance of 6/4.

The Lib Dems seem to have taken the quick route to opposition. Though this is not official, but their appetite to seek an alliance with another group to form an administration is almost non-existent. It is still early days, but I cannot see a deal being struck with the Lib Dems looking to form/be part of an administration. They are more than likely to seek to take as many chairs and vice chairs of committees by working with other groups.

This leaves the Independents who form a strange group/alliance with each other. It is easy to tag Indi’s as closet Tory’s but whilst some are Thatcher loving fanatics, most are not. In fact for some working with the Tory’s in any form of administration is beyond-the-pale.

For the last four-years I have heard how bad the Conservatives have been and how they have not helped Cornwall, but then suddenly you hear, we must work for the people; for the greater good; the Tory’s are not that bad etc. This sudden epiphany is not for noble reasons, but for power and a Special Responsibility Allowances – more money for taking on other roles. If working with the Tory’s is a way to the silver, then all sorts of excuses will be found to justify it.

I guess this means the Tory’s and some Indi’s will find a way of forming an administration that will dance to the tune of the current six blue MP’s. If a deal were to happen being the Indi’s and Tory’s, I expect the current number of 30 Indi’s to be in a couple of groups or standing alone.

Thank you for the support

A few days have passed since the Election results have been called. Like any campaign it takes a few days for you to recover, and then, you have to get on with the job.

I want to say thank you to all supported me in both the Cornwall Council and Porthleven Town Council Election. It is always humbling to receive such support.

for those who are trying to contact me, I have a new Council email address (which everyone has). It is now:

I am without a phone for a few days, but will update as soon as I do.

In any campaign, there are winners and losers. Credit to those candidates who stood against me and campaigned hard. I always respect those who stand for election.

Thoughts and thanks must go to those who have held office and lose at an election. There are many reasons why someone loses, as many have given years of public service. You might not always agree with them, but they should be respected for standing and trying to do their best.