Election latest: is Worcester going to be a green city?

Worcester News: Councillor Neil Laurenson, from the Green Party Councillor Neil Laurenson, from the Green Party

WORCESTER City Council is today stuck on tenterhooks - with its fate set to be decided by a lone Green Party politician after a gripping night at the polls.

The aftermath of yesterday's dramatic local election results means Councillor Neil Laurenson will ultimately be able to strike a make-or-break deal over which major party controls Worcester.

The outcome will impact on people across the city - including everything from how much council tax you pay next year to issues like car parking charges and bin collections.

Labour, the Conservatives, Green Party and lone Lib Dem Councillor Liz Smith are now preparing to have tense cross-party talks in a bid to reach a conclusive outcome after the council was left hung.

The one Conservative gain in Claines has now left the main opposition party on 17 councillors, one more than the ruling Labour group, with Tory Councillor Simon Geraghty last night claiming they should be allowed to form an administration.

His call was backed up by Worcester MP Robin Walker, who says the Tories now "have a mandate" to wrestle back control from Labour.

It can only be achieved by striking a deal with either Cllr Laurenson or Cllr Smith - and neither are ruling out switching sides ahead of a crunch full council meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

Your Worcester News can reveal how Cllr Laurenson has prepared a 'wish list' he wants to show both Labour and the Tories before making his mind up.

It includes resisting privatising services, giving households free home insulation and opening up the Guildhall to groups who want to hold political debates.

"I'm prepared to talk to both the Tories and Labour to see what they are prepared to offer," he said.

"I anticipated this could happen so I've got a list which is more extensive than in 2012 - very broadly it's based on keeping as many services in-house as possible and where they are commissioned (handed to other providers), to do it locally.

"But we've got other things to discuss too - we want a fair hearing from both sides."

Cllr Smith, who dumped the Tories one year ago to back a new Labour council, said she was prepared to have "an open line of communication" with both sides.

"I'm not saying I won't talk to the Conservatives - I'll keep those lines open," she said.

Cllr Geraghty said: "We are open minded - this could go right up to June 3rd.

"We are now the largest party again, we won the popular vote - I'll be seeking to speak to all party leaders and reach out to them to see if we can form an administration."

Labour figures were locked in early private talks yesterday before deciding its strategy.

But Councillor Adrian Gregson, city council leader, said: "We will talk to whoever is prepared to talk to us.

"There is no evidence the Conservatives have ever reached out to us."

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11:37am Sat 24 May 14

bmoc55 says...

The election result is a poor one for the development of Worcester City with the NOC balance being held by two"nut case" parties, whose blikered political viewpoints lack the vision for progress.
The election result is a poor one for the development of Worcester City with the NOC balance being held by two"nut case" parties, whose blikered political viewpoints lack the vision for progress. bmoc55
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Sat 24 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Worst possible result. Loony Laurenson gets to have an influence way beyond his share of the vote.
If you think that some of our other Councillors are bad just wait and see how much money Laurenson wants to waste.
Worst possible result. Loony Laurenson gets to have an influence way beyond his share of the vote. If you think that some of our other Councillors are bad just wait and see how much money Laurenson wants to waste. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Sat 24 May 14

Voice of the Voyager says...

So deliciously ironic - the city council political format to be determined by either a sole surviving LD whose party took a national hammering, or a Green, whose party never figured in the running, and appears in the 'Others' category.

Anyone wish to open the sweepstake how many times the determining figure will swop sides when it suits them, until the next round of elections?

Just state you will work on a case by case basis, and retain independence, because the populus will not believe either of them, with past history...
So deliciously ironic - the city council political format to be determined by either a sole surviving LD whose party took a national hammering, or a Green, whose party never figured in the running, and appears in the 'Others' category. Anyone wish to open the sweepstake how many times the determining figure will swop sides when it suits them, until the next round of elections? Just state you will work on a case by case basis, and retain independence, because the populus will not believe either of them, with past history... Voice of the Voyager
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Sat 24 May 14

Shropshirelad says...

On every occasion that the MP for Brighton - Caroline Lucas (Green Party) was interviewed on election day, the interviewers without exception asked her to explain why the Brighton City Council was in such a mess, a Green Council. She had no explanation for the depths that City had sunk to under the Greens and could only waffle. The Greens will never admit to being extreme socialists and their benign approach whilst they are trying to consolidate themselves, hides a motive which is simply, to tax the electorate to the hilt, spend as much public money as what exists and more and let the people have everything free but with no personal finance to exist on. Whoever voted for this Green man must be regarded in the same light as his views and approach is because nobody in their right mind would vote for a Green if they really and I mean, really knew what their real policies are. If bargains must be struck, then for goodness sake let it be with the lone Lib Dem and don't touch the Greens with a barge pole.
On every occasion that the MP for Brighton - Caroline Lucas (Green Party) was interviewed on election day, the interviewers without exception asked her to explain why the Brighton City Council was in such a mess, a Green Council. She had no explanation for the depths that City had sunk to under the Greens and could only waffle. The Greens will never admit to being extreme socialists and their benign approach whilst they are trying to consolidate themselves, hides a motive which is simply, to tax the electorate to the hilt, spend as much public money as what exists and more and let the people have everything free but with no personal finance to exist on. Whoever voted for this Green man must be regarded in the same light as his views and approach is because nobody in their right mind would vote for a Green if they really and I mean, really knew what their real policies are. If bargains must be struck, then for goodness sake let it be with the lone Lib Dem and don't touch the Greens with a barge pole. Shropshirelad
  • Score: 9

5:37am Sun 25 May 14

laidback says...

Given Laurenson's trotskyite political history and affiliations before becoming a Green mole the Conservatives should know that they would be wasting their time in any approach to such a prime watermelon.
Given Laurenson's trotskyite political history and affiliations before becoming a Green mole the Conservatives should know that they would be wasting their time in any approach to such a prime watermelon. laidback
  • Score: 5

7:33am Sun 25 May 14

green49 says...

Simon Geraghty last night claiming they should be allowed to form an administration.

His call was backed up by Worcester MP Robin Walker, who says the Tories now "have a mandate" to wrestle back control from Labour.

Its all a game to these incompetants, they just act like spoilt brats,

Voice of the Voyager says...

So deliciously ironic - the city council political format to be determined by either a sole surviving LD whose party took a national hammering, or a Green, whose party never figured in the running, and appears in the 'Others' category.

thats just so right, no wonder the younger generation wont vote, its boring and no one does what they say they will but they will all be into the deep taxpayers pockets.
Simon Geraghty last night claiming they should be allowed to form an administration. His call was backed up by Worcester MP Robin Walker, who says the Tories now "have a mandate" to wrestle back control from Labour. Its all a game to these incompetants, they just act like spoilt brats, Voice of the Voyager says... So deliciously ironic - the city council political format to be determined by either a sole surviving LD whose party took a national hammering, or a Green, whose party never figured in the running, and appears in the 'Others' category. thats just so right, no wonder the younger generation wont vote, its boring and no one does what they say they will but they will all be into the deep taxpayers pockets. green49
  • Score: -3

12:30pm Sun 25 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Loony Laurenson has a wish list of things to discuss. Most if not all of these things will cost money. Has he costed them? Who is expected to pay and how much?
Loony Laurenson has a wish list of things to discuss. Most if not all of these things will cost money. Has he costed them? Who is expected to pay and how much? New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 3

7:22am Mon 26 May 14

green49 says...

I see the CONservatives are out again placing minus on votes on anything that contradicts them.
I see the CONservatives are out again placing minus on votes on anything that contradicts them. green49
  • Score: 1

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