Worcester's Conservatives: we don't want to talk about Alan Amos

Worcester News: Councillor Alan Amos, the new Mayor of Worcester Councillor Alan Amos, the new Mayor of Worcester

WORCESTER'S Conservative leadership has refused to get into the debate over the new Mayor of Worcester - as more than 150 people signed a petition to boot him out of office.

Members of the city's Tory cabinet said they were unwilling to talk about Councillor Alan Amos and instead want to "move on".

It follows your Worcester News revealing on Saturday how Cllr Amos has called off a major civic due to a holiday, leading to more criticism over the under-fire mayor.

Cllr Amos says he has nothing to say about his rise to the mayoralty, which came about after he resigned from the Labour Party last Sunday to vote in a new-look Tory administration 48 hours later.

The Conservative leadership are now joining him in that stance, saying they have nothing to say.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, deputy leader, said: "We have nothing to say about Alan Amos, we are moving on and running the city."

Leader Councillor Simon Geraghty also told your Worcester News he had nothing to say on it yesterday, after insisting last week that he wanted to focus on being in charge.

The public petition, which calls upon the new mayor to resign had gathered 154 signatures as of this morning.

The organiser, who calls himself Ted Elgar, says he wants to gain 1,000 in total before sending it to Cllr Amos and the council.

As your Worcester News revealed on Saturday, the petition also calls upon Cllr Amos to quit his council seat in Warndon, which would trigger a by-election.

NEW DEPUTY MAYOR SAYS HE HAS "NO ANIMOSITY" OVER IT

THE man Worcester's Conservatives had lined up to become the new city mayor insists he feels "no animosity" - despite not knowing if he will ever take the chains himself.

Veteran Councillor Roger Knight, who represents St Peter's, said he feels no anger after he was effectively replaced as the Tory's candidate to be mayor by Cllr Amos.

The deputy mayor normally goes on to become the first citizen the following year, but Cllr Knight is up for election in 2015 and has not made his mind up about what to do yet.

"I do feel it's useful for any mayor to experience the position of deputy mayor first to prepare you for it," he said.

"But I've got no animosity or regrets, it's just the way it is.

"I'm quite happy to do whatever the city wants me to do, it might sound a bit pompous but that's the way it is.

"Alan was a member of the opposition and we've never really engaged, but we have exchanged pleasantries.

"I know he's a very committed councillor to his ward and I'll fill in where I can a deputy."

REVEREND URGES COUNCILLORS TO BE CAREFUL

A REVEREND has waded into the shenanigans at Worcester City Council - saying he fears the reputation of politicians could be damaged if they overstep the mark.

Reverend John Everest says the public "no longer regards public sparring as a sign of maturity" and expect "integrity and honesty" from councillors.

The vicar also says he is worried people could be discouraged from "taking the local political system seriously".

Rev Everest is the mayor's chaplain and also attends every full council meeting in Worcester to offer prayers at the start.

He delivered a speech at the starting of last week's meeting, and has since reiterated it by saying it has some relevance to what has gone on.

He said: "At a time when the electorate at all levels of Government seems unwilling to give any one political party an overall majority and are increasingly sceptical about the political system we have inherited, it is important the idea of political partnership as an example to the wider community of working together with those with whom you do not necessarily agree is taken seriously.

"These are painful times for many politicians, but the electorate no longer regards public sparring as a sign of maturity, but looks for integrity and honesty in public life."

He also said the public are not impressed with "adversarial confrontations of any kind", citing the "divisions" at the city council.

The reverend also says how the councillors deal with the current situation will be crucial in how the public take the seriousness of Worcester's politics.

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12:45pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Hwicce says...

Worcester's population is about 99,500. 130 people signed the petition.

Hardly a landslide is it?

I wonder how many members on the Labour Party there are in Worcester, does it exceed 130?
Worcester's population is about 99,500. 130 people signed the petition. Hardly a landslide is it? I wonder how many members on the Labour Party there are in Worcester, does it exceed 130? Hwicce
  • Score: -29

1:04pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Westhamoldguy says...

I think it is more a case of the great people of Worcester are sick and tired of councillors feathering their own nests rather than looking out for the people of Worcester. I believe that that they have not signed the petition because they can't be bothered to join in the fiasco that is making a mockery of the electorate and the Mayoral office. I also believe that is why UKIP had so many votes, it's just the electorate saying I've had enough! let's try someone else!
I think it is more a case of the great people of Worcester are sick and tired of councillors feathering their own nests rather than looking out for the people of Worcester. I believe that that they have not signed the petition because they can't be bothered to join in the fiasco that is making a mockery of the electorate and the Mayoral office. I also believe that is why UKIP had so many votes, it's just the electorate saying I've had enough! let's try someone else! Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 29

1:14pm Tue 10 Jun 14

denon says...

UKIP are not without significant blemishes
UKIP are not without significant blemishes denon
  • Score: 6

1:30pm Tue 10 Jun 14

barbourne-worcester says...

The conservatives should be very embarrassed at how low they have dropped, lets hope no one forgets this and no one votes them in again or Alan Amos for that matter... makes being mayor a laughable position!!
The conservatives should be very embarrassed at how low they have dropped, lets hope no one forgets this and no one votes them in again or Alan Amos for that matter... makes being mayor a laughable position!! barbourne-worcester
  • Score: 12

1:54pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Fog Based Japery says...

Oh no 150 people... How will he ever sleep at night?
Oh no 150 people... How will he ever sleep at night? Fog Based Japery
  • Score: -15

2:08pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Voice of the Voyager says...

I look forward to discussing the Mayor, when the next local elections come around, or indeed for May 2015...because it certainly will not feature on any manifesto material...and if they refuse, then the guilt is written all over their face. Utter contempt for their electorate, but what you expect from such a bunch of desperados selling their soul to achieve power.
They may wish to 'move on' but I think the ordinary voter will haul them back to reality with some very uncomfortable questions.
Has the WN asked the Guildhall how much the cancellation of June 22 has cost in staff time, postage etc? That should be made public knowledge.
I look forward to discussing the Mayor, when the next local elections come around, or indeed for May 2015...because it certainly will not feature on any manifesto material...and if they refuse, then the guilt is written all over their face. Utter contempt for their electorate, but what you expect from such a bunch of desperados selling their soul to achieve power. They may wish to 'move on' but I think the ordinary voter will haul them back to reality with some very uncomfortable questions. Has the WN asked the Guildhall how much the cancellation of June 22 has cost in staff time, postage etc? That should be made public knowledge. Voice of the Voyager
  • Score: 12

2:13pm Tue 10 Jun 14

truth must out says...

Typical Tories.......lie low and hope it all goes away.
Typical Tories.......lie low and hope it all goes away. truth must out
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Tue 10 Jun 14

thompson9100 says...

Petition here : http://www.ipetition
s.com/petition/alan-
amos-must-resign
Petition here : http://www.ipetition s.com/petition/alan- amos-must-resign thompson9100
  • Score: 6

3:07pm Tue 10 Jun 14

green49 says...

barbourne-worcester says...

The conservatives should be very embarrassed at how low they have dropped, lets hope no one forgets this and no one votes them in again or Alan Amos for that matter... makes being mayor a laughable position!!

I agree BUT you cant embarras a TORY its impossible, As for whats gone on over all this, its a distict two fingers up to public opinion and the taxpayer which is why UKIP are doing so well, this load of CONs are like players in a panto all overseen by the fairy godmother a certain Gerathey
barbourne-worcester says... The conservatives should be very embarrassed at how low they have dropped, lets hope no one forgets this and no one votes them in again or Alan Amos for that matter... makes being mayor a laughable position!! I agree BUT you cant embarras a TORY its impossible, As for whats gone on over all this, its a distict two fingers up to public opinion and the taxpayer which is why UKIP are doing so well, this load of CONs are like players in a panto all overseen by the fairy godmother a certain Gerathey green49
  • Score: 5

3:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

I can't help thinking there is something seriously wrong with the local Conservatives.

Their local election literature says they are committed to saving our green belt, but their councillors and MPs are backing the SWDP.

They say they are all about saving money, but it always seems to be Conservative whose name gets associated with wasteful projects or dodgy sounding perks.

They stood by Allah Ditta, despite that incredible grave-side story.

And now they are doing this.

They seem desperate to cling to power at any price. The fact that Labour did so poorly in the recent elections can only mean that there is something seriously wrong with them. They should be ripping the Tories to shreds.
I can't help thinking there is something seriously wrong with the local Conservatives. Their local election literature says they are committed to saving our green belt, but their councillors and MPs are backing the SWDP. They say they are all about saving money, but it always seems to be Conservative whose name gets associated with wasteful projects or dodgy sounding perks. They stood by Allah Ditta, despite that incredible grave-side story. And now they are doing this. They seem desperate to cling to power at any price. The fact that Labour did so poorly in the recent elections can only mean that there is something seriously wrong with them. They should be ripping the Tories to shreds. BC10ax
  • Score: 4

4:10pm Tue 10 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

denon wrote:
UKIP are not without significant blemishes
Maybe. But those blemishes get more attention than the other parties put together, so they are not exactly hidden, nor are they relevant here.

This is all about the Tories.
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: UKIP are not without significant blemishes[/p][/quote]Maybe. But those blemishes get more attention than the other parties put together, so they are not exactly hidden, nor are they relevant here. This is all about the Tories. BC10ax
  • Score: 1

4:43pm Tue 10 Jun 14

grumpychef says...

this is the sort of scum this man is
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Alan_Amos
this is the sort of scum this man is http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alan_Amos grumpychef
  • Score: 4

8:10pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Handcart says...

grumpychef wrote:
this is the sort of scum this man is
http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Alan_Amos
Is that might anti-smoking 'scum', anti-privilege 'scum' or he might be a bit gay 'scum'? Please clarify.
I would agree he's a bit of a confused and confusing bloke, all told. A good advert for a new kind of politics. Not sure UKIP is it, just cos they're pro-smoking and pro-royalty!
[quote][p][bold]grumpychef[/bold] wrote: this is the sort of scum this man is http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alan_Amos[/p][/quote]Is that might anti-smoking 'scum', anti-privilege 'scum' or he might be a bit gay 'scum'? Please clarify. I would agree he's a bit of a confused and confusing bloke, all told. A good advert for a new kind of politics. Not sure UKIP is it, just cos they're pro-smoking and pro-royalty! Handcart
  • Score: -2

8:46pm Tue 10 Jun 14

CJH says...

Handcart wrote:
grumpychef wrote:
this is the sort of scum this man is
http://en.wikipedia.


org/wiki/Alan_Amos
Is that might anti-smoking 'scum', anti-privilege 'scum' or he might be a bit gay 'scum'? Please clarify.
I would agree he's a bit of a confused and confusing bloke, all told. A good advert for a new kind of politics. Not sure UKIP is it, just cos they're pro-smoking and pro-royalty!
Can we have an extra symbol WN please? Thumbs up, thumbs down, and what the heck are you talking about!
[quote][p][bold]Handcart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grumpychef[/bold] wrote: this is the sort of scum this man is http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alan_Amos[/p][/quote]Is that might anti-smoking 'scum', anti-privilege 'scum' or he might be a bit gay 'scum'? Please clarify. I would agree he's a bit of a confused and confusing bloke, all told. A good advert for a new kind of politics. Not sure UKIP is it, just cos they're pro-smoking and pro-royalty![/p][/quote]Can we have an extra symbol WN please? Thumbs up, thumbs down, and what the heck are you talking about! CJH
  • Score: 3

10:34pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Lets hope that with the indignation that I am reading and hearing on the streets about the disgraceful behavour of the CONservatives & Amos is related to the next elections and they get the treatment they deserve. And out they GO.
Lets hope that with the indignation that I am reading and hearing on the streets about the disgraceful behavour of the CONservatives & Amos is related to the next elections and they get the treatment they deserve. And out they GO. Jabbadad
  • Score: 4

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