Evidence of a 'deal' over Mayor's appointment

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

MORE evidence is mounting of a 'deal' which saw the new Mayor of Worcester installed in return for voting in a Tory administration - as the man at the centre of the saga continued his silence.

Your Worcester News can reveal:

- Last Friday Cllr Alan Amos rang up Labour councillors to say the party had "24 hours" to make him their deputy mayor candidate or he would walk

- Incredibly, Councillor Jabba Riaz then offered to step aside as deputy mayor for the sake of 'harmony in the party', but Cllr Amos quit anyway

- The Tories had already decided that Councillor Roger Knight would be their candidate for the Mayor of Worcester, but they later told him it would be Cllr Amos after private talks with the 'independent'

- Councillor Simon Geraghty, new city council leader, brokered the talks with Cllr Amos and said he saw it as "an ideal solution" for the council

- Councillor Marc Bayliss, his deputy leader, was at County Hall last Thursday talking to Simon Mallinson, the county council's legal chief, about the political balance at the city council, although he insists it was innocent

It came as Cllr Amos, who quit Labour on Sunday before becoming an 'independent' and voting in a new Tory administration on Tuesday, refused to talk about the deal.

"I won't be getting into any of that, I want to move on now and concentrate on being the Mayor of Worcester," he said.

"At the end of my year I will tell you everything, because I'll be a politician again.

"I'm not getting into this."

Sources say Cllr Amos rang up people in the Labour Party late on Friday to say group leader Adrian Gregson had one day to make him their deputy mayor candidate, a role at that point which had already gone to Councillor Jabba Riaz after an internal vote.

Cllr Riaz then agreed to step aside, but Cllr Amos still went ahead and delivered his resignation letter on Sunday anyway.

Both the Conservatives and Cllr Amos have refused to go into details about their subsequent deal struck before Tuesday's crucial vote, but the horse trading included telling Councillor Roger Knight that he would no longer be the Tory's mayoral candidate, and instead it would be the ex-Labour man.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, new city council leader, said: "A discussion was had with him because we wanted to try and understand his reasons for wanting to be the mayor.

"It dawned upon us that this would be a good solution (a deal) - no single party has an overall majority and in this tight scenario, we've got an independent mayor that I have no doubt will look at each issue on its merits."

MY 'WISH LIST' IS IN THE BIN, SAYS CITY GREEN

THE city's lone Green Councillor has revealed his frustration at being sidelined - after it emerged nearly all of his 'wish list' is being confined to the dustbin.

For 10 days after May's local elections left no party in overall control, Councillor Neil Laurenson negotiated with both the Tories and Labour over some kind of 'Green deal'.

His eight-point sheet of demands is now virtually all dumped, despite the city's Conservatives insisting they want to have an open dialogue with him.

The Tory leadership has told him they are interested in webcasting council meetings, but ideas like a food waste pilot, no privatisation of services and free home insulation are off the agenda.

Cllr Laurenson also said he was "embarrassed" by the mayoral saga - saying it has damaged the council's reputation.

He said: "They said they'd like to talk to me about webcasting meetings and the opening up of democracy in the council, so fair play to them for that.

"But that was the only thing they've mentioned. It's better than nothing but it's so frustrating what happened when we were on the cusp of getting Green policies on board at the council.

"The situation (with Cllr Alan Amos) is very sad, it seems like a personal ambition has come before anything else.

"I do think the whole situation could have been avoided if Labour had put more thought into their deputy mayoral candidate.

"That obviously led to Alan hooking up with the Tories.

"It is embarrassing. Whatever I say will be construed as sour grapes but I don't think that is what it should be about."

Tory Councillor Marc Bayliss, meanwhile, the city's deputy leader, has defended the arrangement.

"Alan's unhappiness has been fairly obvious for a very long time," he said.

"When you look at the people who have left Worcester Labour Party over the years, the list goes on.

"What is the fundamental difference between what Alan's done and what the Green or Lib Dem wanted?"

A raft of new councillor appointments to key committees have been confirmed amid the change of power.

Tory Allah Ditta now chairs the licensing committee, while former Labour city leader Adrian Gregson will chair the scrutiny meetings.

Labour's Geoff Williams, the city's former deputy leader, now heads up the planning committee and ex-mayor Pat Agar will chair the the audit panel.

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6:12pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Baldrick1955 says...

And now he's canceled the cathedral Ceremony to go on holiday, just shows how much he cares about Worcester,
And now he's canceled the cathedral Ceremony to go on holiday, just shows how much he cares about Worcester, Baldrick1955
  • Score: 15

6:36pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Honestguv says...

What UTTER drivel. Anyone would think reading the Labour News this was the first time any sort of deal had been cut in political life, news flash IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! What Amos did was wrong, 150 per cent wrong but spare me the holier than thou stuff. Who did Labour propose as deputy? Oh that's right Jabba Riaz who only recently defected from the Tories!!!!! No mention of that though from the Worcester News. Geraghty saw a chance and took it just like Gregson did last year with his coalition - they are all the same. It stinks!
What UTTER drivel. Anyone would think reading the Labour News this was the first time any sort of deal had been cut in political life, news flash IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! What Amos did was wrong, 150 per cent wrong but spare me the holier than thou stuff. Who did Labour propose as deputy? Oh that's right Jabba Riaz who only recently defected from the Tories!!!!! No mention of that though from the Worcester News. Geraghty saw a chance and took it just like Gregson did last year with his coalition - they are all the same. It stinks! Honestguv
  • Score: 2

7:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

mack18 says...

It would be poetic justice if Roger Knight decided to defect over to Labour as his own party have effectively stabbed him in the back !
It would be poetic justice if Roger Knight decided to defect over to Labour as his own party have effectively stabbed him in the back ! mack18
  • Score: 19

7:48pm Fri 6 Jun 14

presterjohn says...

No one comes out of this saga well. The Labour party sounds like a closed shop keeping its cronies close and ignoring others. The Conservatives were quite happy to dump one of their own for a chance of power and we are seeing more and more councilors walking across the floor to the other side on the promise of maintaining power rather than for the sake of serving the local community. The biggest villain of all is of course Amos. Nothing he can say or do will change that. I would not be at all surprised if he was kept out of the inner circle of the labour party and was sidelined. Cliques exist in public as well as private life. Maybe it was because his face did not fit. Maybe it was because he was a toad we will never know. What we do know is that he sold his party out for 30 pieces of silver. I don't care who you voted for left or right a rat is a rat and he has dishonored the role of Mayor and brought our city into disrepute. He should of course resign as mayor and resign from any further political activities. I suspect he will be to thick skinned to do so though. As citizens of Worcester we can all do our bit though. Don't attend functions he is invited to and don't invite him to yours if you are having one. If he comes as part of a larger group of people as in royal function refuse to shake his hand or turn your back on him. In the final analysis these people only have the power and prestige that we the people give to them.
No one comes out of this saga well. The Labour party sounds like a closed shop keeping its cronies close and ignoring others. The Conservatives were quite happy to dump one of their own for a chance of power and we are seeing more and more councilors walking across the floor to the other side on the promise of maintaining power rather than for the sake of serving the local community. The biggest villain of all is of course Amos. Nothing he can say or do will change that. I would not be at all surprised if he was kept out of the inner circle of the labour party and was sidelined. Cliques exist in public as well as private life. Maybe it was because his face did not fit. Maybe it was because he was a toad we will never know. What we do know is that he sold his party out for 30 pieces of silver. I don't care who you voted for left or right a rat is a rat and he has dishonored the role of Mayor and brought our city into disrepute. He should of course resign as mayor and resign from any further political activities. I suspect he will be to thick skinned to do so though. As citizens of Worcester we can all do our bit though. Don't attend functions he is invited to and don't invite him to yours if you are having one. If he comes as part of a larger group of people as in royal function refuse to shake his hand or turn your back on him. In the final analysis these people only have the power and prestige that we the people give to them. presterjohn
  • Score: 30

8:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

brooksider says...

Leaving aside the party politics of the issue, what a disgrace that decent local people like Roger Knight and Paul Denham are so little thought of by the grubby Geraghty and Baylis.

It is also nice to see Clr Ditta heading the Committee overseeing Taxi licences.
Leaving aside the party politics of the issue, what a disgrace that decent local people like Roger Knight and Paul Denham are so little thought of by the grubby Geraghty and Baylis. It is also nice to see Clr Ditta heading the Committee overseeing Taxi licences. brooksider
  • Score: 9

8:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

I agree completely with you presterjohn. Amos is a mayor sized rat. He didn't vote for the tories because he believed it was better for Worcester. He did it because he was so desperate to be mayor
The real issue behind all this isn't about party politics even though Tory supporters may like to claim that it is It's because this brings politics into complete disrepute. People have lost trust in politicians seeing them as individuals who put their own interests above that of the community they are about to serve. And when they do these things the party leaders support them. It's the same nationally when Cameron supported Maria miller over her housing expenses fiasco. It's no surprise that most of the electorate don't vote
Amos you have bought the council and indeed local politics into disrepute. And now I hear that you want to change the date of your ceremony because it clashes with your holiday. Who do you think you are. Do the right thing and resign
I agree completely with you presterjohn. Amos is a mayor sized rat. He didn't vote for the tories because he believed it was better for Worcester. He did it because he was so desperate to be mayor The real issue behind all this isn't about party politics even though Tory supporters may like to claim that it is It's because this brings politics into complete disrepute. People have lost trust in politicians seeing them as individuals who put their own interests above that of the community they are about to serve. And when they do these things the party leaders support them. It's the same nationally when Cameron supported Maria miller over her housing expenses fiasco. It's no surprise that most of the electorate don't vote Amos you have bought the council and indeed local politics into disrepute. And now I hear that you want to change the date of your ceremony because it clashes with your holiday. Who do you think you are. Do the right thing and resign Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 22

8:28pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

Give Alan a strong message when he returns from holiday by signing the petition urging him to resign:
http://ipt.io/rvud
Give Alan a strong message when he returns from holiday by signing the petition urging him to resign: http://ipt.io/rvud Ted Elgar
  • Score: 22

8:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

I would like a refund of my council tax. I don't want any of my hard earned money being spent on this unscrupulous character
I would like a refund of my council tax. I don't want any of my hard earned money being spent on this unscrupulous character Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 23

8:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

liketoknow says...

who needs Eastenders and Coronation Street with this lot.? I look forward to somebody's memoirs.
who needs Eastenders and Coronation Street with this lot.? I look forward to somebody's memoirs. liketoknow
  • Score: 8

8:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

Here are some highlights from the petition comments:

-Donna Dobson: "I find it despicable what he has done. I have absolutely no respect for him or the rest of the council if they allow him to get away with it."
-Sarah Melville: "Where is the thought about the needs of the people who voted for him? This appears to me to have been carried out purely in terms of his own self interest and as a ploy to become mayor. He must be removed!"
-Rory Shannon: "The man is a insult to the people of Worcester, and only thinks about his own political greed, rather than the City!"
Here are some highlights from the petition comments: -Donna Dobson: "I find it despicable what he has done. I have absolutely no respect for him or the rest of the council if they allow him to get away with it." -Sarah Melville: "Where is the thought about the needs of the people who voted for him? This appears to me to have been carried out purely in terms of his own self interest and as a ploy to become mayor. He must be removed!" -Rory Shannon: "The man is a insult to the people of Worcester, and only thinks about his own political greed, rather than the City!" Ted Elgar
  • Score: 18

8:47pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
Here are some highlights from the petition comments:

-Donna Dobson: "I find it despicable what he has done. I have absolutely no respect for him or the rest of the council if they allow him to get away with it."
-Sarah Melville: "Where is the thought about the needs of the people who voted for him? This appears to me to have been carried out purely in terms of his own self interest and as a ploy to become mayor. He must be removed!"
-Rory Shannon: "The man is a insult to the people of Worcester, and only thinks about his own political greed, rather than the City!"
Ted thank you for promoting this petition. As Worcester citizens we don't have to tolerate what this rogue had done. We don't have to have him as our mayor. We need to send a strong message out that we won't accept this
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: Here are some highlights from the petition comments: -Donna Dobson: "I find it despicable what he has done. I have absolutely no respect for him or the rest of the council if they allow him to get away with it." -Sarah Melville: "Where is the thought about the needs of the people who voted for him? This appears to me to have been carried out purely in terms of his own self interest and as a ploy to become mayor. He must be removed!" -Rory Shannon: "The man is a insult to the people of Worcester, and only thinks about his own political greed, rather than the City!"[/p][/quote]Ted thank you for promoting this petition. As Worcester citizens we don't have to tolerate what this rogue had done. We don't have to have him as our mayor. We need to send a strong message out that we won't accept this Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 15

9:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Whilst condemming Amos I am mindfull that Geraghty and Bayliss were up to the tops of their Wellies in this political debacle. And while we also condem Amos for stealing by transfer the Votes of the Warndon People, the Council if allowed should put powers in place to stop this in the future. Never mind the cost of another ward election, DEMOCRACY is worth the price to pay. Then we will see who the people vote for the person or the party?
Whilst condemming Amos I am mindfull that Geraghty and Bayliss were up to the tops of their Wellies in this political debacle. And while we also condem Amos for stealing by transfer the Votes of the Warndon People, the Council if allowed should put powers in place to stop this in the future. Never mind the cost of another ward election, DEMOCRACY is worth the price to pay. Then we will see who the people vote for the person or the party? Jabbadad
  • Score: 12

9:09pm Fri 6 Jun 14

ringthembells says...

Cllr Amos said he would not be commenting on the way in which he put his ambition to become Mayor above all other considerations of policy because "I'm conscious of the dignity of the office." Has the man no idea that he has almost single-handedly (with prompting from Cllr Geraghty who "brokered" the deal) belittled the dignity of the office ?
Cllr Amos said he would not be commenting on the way in which he put his ambition to become Mayor above all other considerations of policy because "I'm conscious of the dignity of the office." Has the man no idea that he has almost single-handedly (with prompting from Cllr Geraghty who "brokered" the deal) belittled the dignity of the office ? ringthembells
  • Score: 12

9:27pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BBH2014 says...

This is all excellent coverage for raising the profile of our new Mayor! A man dedicated to the people of Worcester and an excellent politician. Let us not forget that the Labour council came to power only through another "deal". THIS IS POLITICS.
This is all excellent coverage for raising the profile of our new Mayor! A man dedicated to the people of Worcester and an excellent politician. Let us not forget that the Labour council came to power only through another "deal". THIS IS POLITICS. BBH2014
  • Score: -18

9:32pm Fri 6 Jun 14

3thinker says...

mack18 wrote:
It would be poetic justice if Roger Knight decided to defect over to Labour as his own party have effectively stabbed him in the back !
The big difference is that Cllr Knight is an honourable man who so obviously cares about his constituents rather than his own prestige. He'd never defect because he has firmly held convictions and principles.

Its Cllr Knight I feel most sorry for in this sordid affair. He was offered a position he richly deserved and out of respect for his good office rather than because he demanded or expected it. Something I think councillors from all political persuasion will agree with.

Meanwhile Amos does the dirty deal, gets his photo taken and then buggers off on holiday. He's got what he wants and now obviously doesn't think he should bother changing his own personal plans.
[quote][p][bold]mack18[/bold] wrote: It would be poetic justice if Roger Knight decided to defect over to Labour as his own party have effectively stabbed him in the back ![/p][/quote]The big difference is that Cllr Knight is an honourable man who so obviously cares about his constituents rather than his own prestige. He'd never defect because he has firmly held convictions and principles. Its Cllr Knight I feel most sorry for in this sordid affair. He was offered a position he richly deserved and out of respect for his good office rather than because he demanded or expected it. Something I think councillors from all political persuasion will agree with. Meanwhile Amos does the dirty deal, gets his photo taken and then buggers off on holiday. He's got what he wants and now obviously doesn't think he should bother changing his own personal plans. 3thinker
  • Score: 12

9:36pm Fri 6 Jun 14

solar1 says...

Now that the "complete" truth has broken, I feel that the really, really detestable decision is that of Simon Geraghty to sideline Roger Knight.

From my knowledge of him, he works EXTREMELY hard for St Peters. I may not always agree with his political views but I do admire and respect him. I think he is a true gentleman. And to think he has been pushed aside for the likes of a jumped-up little **** which is what Alan Amos appears to be, is a travesty of justice.

I keep hoping there is some way to oust this narcissistic little man, Amos, and dump him in the political wilderness, where he can't do any more harm.
Now that the "complete" truth has broken, I feel that the really, really detestable decision is that of Simon Geraghty to sideline Roger Knight. From my knowledge of him, he works EXTREMELY hard for St Peters. I may not always agree with his political views but I do admire and respect him. I think he is a true gentleman. And to think he has been pushed aside for the likes of a jumped-up little **** which is what Alan Amos appears to be, is a travesty of justice. I keep hoping there is some way to oust this narcissistic little man, Amos, and dump him in the political wilderness, where he can't do any more harm. solar1
  • Score: 16

9:45pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Spetchley Dave says...

Dittah in charge of the taxi licensing? That is hilarious!!!! Look forward to more disabled parking spaces being removed to make way for taxis.
Dittah in charge of the taxi licensing? That is hilarious!!!! Look forward to more disabled parking spaces being removed to make way for taxis. Spetchley Dave
  • Score: 10

9:56pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Spetchley Dave says...

And as for our new Mayor, everyone can see the sort of man he is and I agree with those who are suggesting boycotting him and shunning him at public events. This whole debarcle totally insults the people of Worcester and I feel sorry for both Roger Knight and Paul Denham, both of which are excellent Councillors and either of which would have been a brilliant choice as Mayor. Instead we get this Percy Pervert who cares more about his own ego than the people of this City. Of course he won't quit, he is totally arrogant and has rhino skin. The Worcester news could not shame Bill Longmore into quitting and they won't shift Amos either, mores the pity!
And as for our new Mayor, everyone can see the sort of man he is and I agree with those who are suggesting boycotting him and shunning him at public events. This whole debarcle totally insults the people of Worcester and I feel sorry for both Roger Knight and Paul Denham, both of which are excellent Councillors and either of which would have been a brilliant choice as Mayor. Instead we get this Percy Pervert who cares more about his own ego than the people of this City. Of course he won't quit, he is totally arrogant and has rhino skin. The Worcester news could not shame Bill Longmore into quitting and they won't shift Amos either, mores the pity! Spetchley Dave
  • Score: 10

9:57pm Fri 6 Jun 14

3thinker says...

Amos refuses to comment on the dirty dealings he did with Geraghty to become mayor.

Quite surprising given his strident views on them and the 'establishment' which I assume includes the pomp and ceremony that surround mayoral office.

'The Establishment', he says, is `corrupt' because its only interest is the preservation of its 'privilege and power'. The Tory Party is 'corrupt' because it is controlled by 'the Establishment'. The Tories have destroyed local government by `taking away all its powers'. Tory Party members are 'bigots' because they use `blacks, gays, the disabled' as 'scapegoats for society's ills'. 'Discrimination' against such groups is rife. The police are 'corrupt' as well. But he emphasised: 'I am not bit- ter, I am angry.'
Amos refuses to comment on the dirty dealings he did with Geraghty to become mayor. Quite surprising given his strident views on them and the 'establishment' which I assume includes the pomp and ceremony that surround mayoral office. 'The Establishment', he says, is `corrupt' because its only interest is the preservation of its 'privilege and power'. The Tory Party is 'corrupt' because it is controlled by 'the Establishment'. The Tories have destroyed local government by `taking away all its powers'. Tory Party members are 'bigots' because they use `blacks, gays, the disabled' as 'scapegoats for society's ills'. 'Discrimination' against such groups is rife. The police are 'corrupt' as well. But he emphasised: 'I am not bit- ter, I am angry.' 3thinker
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Stuart 1 says...

Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
I would like a refund of my council tax. I don't want any of my hard earned money being spent on this unscrupulous character
i am amazed any one would write this!!!! so how will we pay for all the services the council provides if we all did the same?
[quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: I would like a refund of my council tax. I don't want any of my hard earned money being spent on this unscrupulous character[/p][/quote]i am amazed any one would write this!!!! so how will we pay for all the services the council provides if we all did the same? Stuart 1
  • Score: -10

11:27pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Stuart 1 says...

it amazes me the complete cobblers that is being written on this subject!! Cllr Amos is an experienced politician who has decided to be an independent because he has become disenchanted with Labour - he is not alone. With a hung council what better person to have as mayor than some one who is independent. Let time be the judge
it amazes me the complete cobblers that is being written on this subject!! Cllr Amos is an experienced politician who has decided to be an independent because he has become disenchanted with Labour - he is not alone. With a hung council what better person to have as mayor than some one who is independent. Let time be the judge Stuart 1
  • Score: -18

11:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

3thinker says...

Alan.

If you're out there.

Send us a postcard explaining why you've sold your soul to be part of that 'Establishment' you so despise and have swallowed your principles to support a corrupt party that's full of bigots that has destroyed local government.
Alan. If you're out there. Send us a postcard explaining why you've sold your soul to be part of that 'Establishment' you so despise and have swallowed your principles to support a corrupt party that's full of bigots that has destroyed local government. 3thinker
  • Score: 8

7:20am Sat 7 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

Stuart 1 wrote:
Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
I would like a refund of my council tax. I don't want any of my hard earned money being spent on this unscrupulous character
i am amazed any one would write this!!!! so how will we pay for all the services the council provides if we all did the same?
The point I'm retrying to make here is that the council is an elected body accountable to the public. E finance them. They should not be allowed to do as they please. I'm perfectly happy to pay taxes for services. But I'm dissatisfied with Amos and this whole mayor fiasco. Normally if we are dissatisfied with a service then we ask for a refund
It's perfectly obvious from your other posts that you are pro amos and probably Tory too. We don't all feel the same.
[quote][p][bold]Stuart 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: I would like a refund of my council tax. I don't want any of my hard earned money being spent on this unscrupulous character[/p][/quote]i am amazed any one would write this!!!! so how will we pay for all the services the council provides if we all did the same?[/p][/quote]The point I'm retrying to make here is that the council is an elected body accountable to the public. E finance them. They should not be allowed to do as they please. I'm perfectly happy to pay taxes for services. But I'm dissatisfied with Amos and this whole mayor fiasco. Normally if we are dissatisfied with a service then we ask for a refund It's perfectly obvious from your other posts that you are pro amos and probably Tory too. We don't all feel the same. Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 4

8:35am Sat 7 Jun 14

reflector says...

Stuart 1 wrote:
it amazes me the complete cobblers that is being written on this subject!! Cllr Amos is an experienced politician who has decided to be an independent because he has become disenchanted with Labour - he is not alone. With a hung council what better person to have as mayor than some one who is independent. Let time be the judge
Do you honestly believe that Amos is a genuine independent? Clearly Geraghty and Co don't think so or they wouldn't have made him mayor when one of their own had already been chosen as their preferred candidate.

To compare Riaz with Amos is ludicrous. Riaz was properly elected as a Labour councillor - Amos didn't get a single vote either as a Tory or an "independent" so has no mandate at all.
[quote][p][bold]Stuart 1[/bold] wrote: it amazes me the complete cobblers that is being written on this subject!! Cllr Amos is an experienced politician who has decided to be an independent because he has become disenchanted with Labour - he is not alone. With a hung council what better person to have as mayor than some one who is independent. Let time be the judge[/p][/quote]Do you honestly believe that Amos is a genuine independent? Clearly Geraghty and Co don't think so or they wouldn't have made him mayor when one of their own had already been chosen as their preferred candidate. To compare Riaz with Amos is ludicrous. Riaz was properly elected as a Labour councillor - Amos didn't get a single vote either as a Tory or an "independent" so has no mandate at all. reflector
  • Score: 5

9:27am Sat 7 Jun 14

truth must out says...

Just shows the Tories will get in to bed with anyone to grab power.......
Just shows the Tories will get in to bed with anyone to grab power....... truth must out
  • Score: 7

10:25am Sat 7 Jun 14

gmoore1207 says...

that picture of amos he looks a right pratt we will vote them out
that picture of amos he looks a right pratt we will vote them out gmoore1207
  • Score: 8

12:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

willing says...

If we smell self-serving hypocrisy, it is only because they emulate their parliamentary colleagues, so why should we be so surprised. Of course egos and party politics should play no role in local politics, particularly at this level, but they are politicians are they not?
If we smell self-serving hypocrisy, it is only because they emulate their parliamentary colleagues, so why should we be so surprised. Of course egos and party politics should play no role in local politics, particularly at this level, but they are politicians are they not? willing
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Sat 7 Jun 14

liketoknow says...

perhaps they ought to change the name of the council to Reptiles Are Us!
perhaps they ought to change the name of the council to Reptiles Are Us! liketoknow
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes they are politicians but not very good examples of democracy. And a further yes even after this disgraceful debacle they will still wonder why there is a decline in the numbers turning out to vote, and WHY UKIP are getting so much support ????
Is Mike Layland giving support to Amos, Surely he doesn't associate with these goings on, when Amos is not a very good example of an Independent, well not a very good example of anything printable.
Yes they are politicians but not very good examples of democracy. And a further yes even after this disgraceful debacle they will still wonder why there is a decline in the numbers turning out to vote, and WHY UKIP are getting so much support ???? Is Mike Layland giving support to Amos, Surely he doesn't associate with these goings on, when Amos is not a very good example of an Independent, well not a very good example of anything printable. Jabbadad
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Doogie 46 says...

Speaking as a lifelong Conservative voter, the price of regaining control has been far too high. All honour and dignity has been jettisoned in a grubby scramble for one man`s vote. Councillors Denham and Knight have been denied deserved recognition and I suspect councillor Amos will find his Mayoral year ruined by this controversy.
The Conservatives should have either done an "above board "deal or stood aside - it would have been better for them in the long run.
Speaking as a lifelong Conservative voter, the price of regaining control has been far too high. All honour and dignity has been jettisoned in a grubby scramble for one man`s vote. Councillors Denham and Knight have been denied deserved recognition and I suspect councillor Amos will find his Mayoral year ruined by this controversy. The Conservatives should have either done an "above board "deal or stood aside - it would have been better for them in the long run. Doogie 46
  • Score: 14

8:42pm Sat 7 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

Evidence of a deal? I hardly think is breaking news, it was evident from the first story - even the Defectives of Worst Farcia could have managed to crack that case!
Evidence of a deal? I hardly think is breaking news, it was evident from the first story - even the Defectives of Worst Farcia could have managed to crack that case! DarrenM
  • Score: -3

1:17am Sun 8 Jun 14

jammer1010 says...

In the long term, this negative publicity may drive a sufficent number of floating voters to switch votes to be able to remove Robin Walker as the MP for Worcester, who has a rather slim majority. The Tory's, when in government, having alienated the whole of Scotland, and many industrial cities, that used to regularly return Tory MPs, but now don't return a single one (e.g Manchester) don't have a chance of ever gaining an overall majority. You'd think the local Tory councillors would want to be squeaky clean, as the likely outcome of the next election is a hung parliament where every seat counts. The Torys will just become the party of Southern England at this rate.
In the long term, this negative publicity may drive a sufficent number of floating voters to switch votes to be able to remove Robin Walker as the MP for Worcester, who has a rather slim majority. The Tory's, when in government, having alienated the whole of Scotland, and many industrial cities, that used to regularly return Tory MPs, but now don't return a single one (e.g Manchester) don't have a chance of ever gaining an overall majority. You'd think the local Tory councillors would want to be squeaky clean, as the likely outcome of the next election is a hung parliament where every seat counts. The Torys will just become the party of Southern England at this rate. jammer1010
  • Score: 6

1:32am Sun 8 Jun 14

Popley67 says...

Spetchley Dave wrote:
And as for our new Mayor, everyone can see the sort of man he is and I agree with those who are suggesting boycotting him and shunning him at public events. This whole debarcle totally insults the people of Worcester and I feel sorry for both Roger Knight and Paul Denham, both of which are excellent Councillors and either of which would have been a brilliant choice as Mayor. Instead we get this Percy Pervert who cares more about his own ego than the people of this City. Of course he won't quit, he is totally arrogant and has rhino skin. The Worcester news could not shame Bill Longmore into quitting and they won't shift Amos either, mores the pity!
Spetchley Dave totally agree with your comments!, Denhan and Knight have done so much for this city as we both know! Ditta for taxis wow never saw that one! The city is now a shambles!.
C'mon Councillor Amos have some guts and resign, we can then respect you!
[quote][p][bold]Spetchley Dave[/bold] wrote: And as for our new Mayor, everyone can see the sort of man he is and I agree with those who are suggesting boycotting him and shunning him at public events. This whole debarcle totally insults the people of Worcester and I feel sorry for both Roger Knight and Paul Denham, both of which are excellent Councillors and either of which would have been a brilliant choice as Mayor. Instead we get this Percy Pervert who cares more about his own ego than the people of this City. Of course he won't quit, he is totally arrogant and has rhino skin. The Worcester news could not shame Bill Longmore into quitting and they won't shift Amos either, mores the pity![/p][/quote]Spetchley Dave totally agree with your comments!, Denhan and Knight have done so much for this city as we both know! Ditta for taxis wow never saw that one! The city is now a shambles!. C'mon Councillor Amos have some guts and resign, we can then respect you! Popley67
  • Score: 4

2:25am Sun 8 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Ditta for Taxi's perhaps just keeps the Asian owners / drivers a little happier.
As to more Taxi Ranks this is the responsibility of the County Council, and how Geraghty as the County member for Riverside was able as a single proposal / action to have the Disabled thrown off the Disabled St Swithun Street parking in favour of the Taxi's. Then tried to convince the City that there were more Disabled parking spaces in the Cornmarket and Trinity. What he and WCC Managing Director conveniently forgot was that they also took away several of the double Yellow lined areas around the Trinity the Cross and Cornmarket, which of course Blue Badge holders could legally park on providing they were not causing an obstruction. So they took away in the one hand and gave less back in the other plus the disabled lost some of the most convenient parking in the town centre. In fact you can still see where they covered the double yellow lines over.
And for those who think that a few hundred yards more to walk is okay for the disabled, I can assure you that a few hundred yards is probably more than many disabled can safely walk. And it clearly demonstrates how Geraghty (The face of CONservatism) could be seen as on a mission against the vulnerable and disabled in this City and those who no longer visit Worcester.
Ditta for Taxi's perhaps just keeps the Asian owners / drivers a little happier. As to more Taxi Ranks this is the responsibility of the County Council, and how Geraghty as the County member for Riverside was able as a single proposal / action to have the Disabled thrown off the Disabled St Swithun Street parking in favour of the Taxi's. Then tried to convince the City that there were more Disabled parking spaces in the Cornmarket and Trinity. What he and WCC Managing Director conveniently forgot was that they also took away several of the double Yellow lined areas around the Trinity the Cross and Cornmarket, which of course Blue Badge holders could legally park on providing they were not causing an obstruction. So they took away in the one hand and gave less back in the other plus the disabled lost some of the most convenient parking in the town centre. In fact you can still see where they covered the double yellow lines over. And for those who think that a few hundred yards more to walk is okay for the disabled, I can assure you that a few hundred yards is probably more than many disabled can safely walk. And it clearly demonstrates how Geraghty (The face of CONservatism) could be seen as on a mission against the vulnerable and disabled in this City and those who no longer visit Worcester. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

5:33am Sun 8 Jun 14

presterjohn says...

Stuart 1 wrote:
it amazes me the complete cobblers that is being written on this subject!! Cllr Amos is an experienced politician who has decided to be an independent because he has become disenchanted with Labour - he is not alone. With a hung council what better person to have as mayor than some one who is independent. Let time be the judge
And the award for the most naive citizen in Worcester goes to........ Stuart 1. Well done Stuart you win the prize. Amos is all that is wrong with politics. He has totally forgotten that it is not about ego it is doing right by your city and secondly your party. He let the people down who voted for him by betraying them and sold out to the Tories for a trinket to go around his neck. He Left the Labour party because he could not have his way. Maybe he was right on some of the things he wanted. If so he should have protested to the party and waited for the next election to stand as an independent. The people could then truly decide if they want him or not.
[quote][p][bold]Stuart 1[/bold] wrote: it amazes me the complete cobblers that is being written on this subject!! Cllr Amos is an experienced politician who has decided to be an independent because he has become disenchanted with Labour - he is not alone. With a hung council what better person to have as mayor than some one who is independent. Let time be the judge[/p][/quote]And the award for the most naive citizen in Worcester goes to........ Stuart 1. Well done Stuart you win the prize. Amos is all that is wrong with politics. He has totally forgotten that it is not about ego it is doing right by your city and secondly your party. He let the people down who voted for him by betraying them and sold out to the Tories for a trinket to go around his neck. He Left the Labour party because he could not have his way. Maybe he was right on some of the things he wanted. If so he should have protested to the party and waited for the next election to stand as an independent. The people could then truly decide if they want him or not. presterjohn
  • Score: 7

10:30am Sun 8 Jun 14

gmoore1207 says...

after reading all the crap on here the **** will still be mayor and cons in power
after reading all the crap on here the **** will still be mayor and cons in power gmoore1207
  • Score: -2

10:44am Sun 8 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

This paper and these columns give an opportunity for debate. Something we must treasure. What might be seen as rubbish to some is important to others.
Thank you Worcester News.
This paper and these columns give an opportunity for debate. Something we must treasure. What might be seen as rubbish to some is important to others. Thank you Worcester News. Jabbadad
  • Score: 3

10:49am Fri 13 Jun 14

green49 says...

Geraghty at it again i see, when are Worcester people going to see what this man is like, he is an insult to Worcester .
Geraghty at it again i see, when are Worcester people going to see what this man is like, he is an insult to Worcester . green49
  • Score: -1

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