Now Tories bid to oust Labour leader with 'no confidence' motion

Worcester News: Councillor Adrian Gregson, Labour leader Councillor Adrian Gregson, Labour leader

A MOTION of 'no confidence' has been handed to Worcester City Council over leader Adrian Gregson - with the Tories on a revenge mission to oust him from power.

On another day of dramatic developments over who controls Worcester, the opposition Conservative group has formally requested a vote aimed at dumping Labour from office - saying they have a "moral authority" to take over.

The Tories, with 17 councillors, only need the support of either the city's lone Green, Neil Laurenson, or the single Lib Dem, Liz Smith, to get it passed.

It follows another day of dramatic developments yesterday, including:

- Cllr Laurenson met with Labour at 6pm to try and thrash out a deal on a new-look council with Green policies at its heart

- In an effort to hedge his bets, Cllr Laurenson was then prepared to meet the opposition Tory leadership later on last night to see what they had to say

- Worcester Green Party has firmed up its 'wish list' for both parties to consider and it includes making sure all new property developments in the city only get the go-ahead with 40 per cent affordable housing

The motion of 'no confidence' will be voted on at full council this coming Tuesday, unless the Tories withdraw it in the event of a Labour-Green deal being firmly on the cards.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Conservative group leader, says as "the largest group" he wants to seize back power one year after losing it.

"A large number of voters in Worcester have put their trust in us and we want to deliver on that," he said.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, deputy group leader, said: "It's a very simple motion, one line saying we want to remove the leader and elect a new one.

"We won the popular vote in the last two years, we are the biggest party and while we don't have an overall majority, we have the moral authority to run this council.

"I'm very happy to reach out over the divide, to the Greens, Lib Dems or even Labour - but it would be perverse if we didn't lead the authority."

Worcester Green Party met on Monday night to firm up its wish-list and has shown it to Cllr Smith, the Lib Dem, ahead of last night's talks with Labour and the Tories.

Cllr Laurenson said: "I don't want this to drag on much longer, hopefully we can sort this out over the next few days."

Cllr Gregson told your Worcester News he was not surprised at the no confidence motion - and has no intention of quitting.

"Nothing will be decided until Tuesday," he said.

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12:58pm Wed 28 May 14

speak your mind says...

Let those elected have the opportunity to speak and act on the wishes of their constituents that voted them in. Are these people wanting a vote of no confidence really bothered about local issues or do they just want to boost their own personal egos?
Let those elected have the opportunity to speak and act on the wishes of their constituents that voted them in. Are these people wanting a vote of no confidence really bothered about local issues or do they just want to boost their own personal egos? speak your mind
  • Score: 18

1:43pm Wed 28 May 14

Perfman says...

speak your mind wrote:
Let those elected have the opportunity to speak and act on the wishes of their constituents that voted them in. Are these people wanting a vote of no confidence really bothered about local issues or do they just want to boost their own personal egos?
You mean the same people who labour in control in the first place? Oh wait, that was internal coup!
[quote][p][bold]speak your mind[/bold] wrote: Let those elected have the opportunity to speak and act on the wishes of their constituents that voted them in. Are these people wanting a vote of no confidence really bothered about local issues or do they just want to boost their own personal egos?[/p][/quote]You mean the same people who labour in control in the first place? Oh wait, that was internal coup! Perfman
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Wed 28 May 14

sugarlump says...

Could they do what the roundheads and royalists did - find a field in Lower Wick and fight it out!

Alternatively, find a nursery and play there.
Could they do what the roundheads and royalists did - find a field in Lower Wick and fight it out! Alternatively, find a nursery and play there. sugarlump
  • Score: 22

3:29pm Wed 28 May 14

gmoore1207 says...

does it realy matter whos in charge they all **** it up they dont listen to the people look at prodger the dodger waste of space
does it realy matter whos in charge they all **** it up they dont listen to the people look at prodger the dodger waste of space gmoore1207
  • Score: 3

3:59pm Wed 28 May 14

alanquattro says...

For "affordable" read "cheap", the ghettos of tomorrow.
For "affordable" read "cheap", the ghettos of tomorrow. alanquattro
  • Score: 4

4:08pm Wed 28 May 14

Nortynorse says...

What gets my goat is the fact that Smith & Laurensen think they have the rest of the council by the ****. Who was stupid enoug to vote either Lib Dem or Green, stand up now. The fact is that no one really gives a toss who is in command in the city, they are only looking after number ONE, THEMSELVES!!!!
What gets my goat is the fact that Smith & Laurensen think they have the rest of the council by the ****. Who was stupid enoug to vote either Lib Dem or Green, stand up now. The fact is that no one really gives a toss who is in command in the city, they are only looking after number ONE, THEMSELVES!!!! Nortynorse
  • Score: 9

4:13pm Wed 28 May 14

Paul Griffiths says...

@Nortynorse

Clearly, you don't know Liz Smith.
@Nortynorse Clearly, you don't know Liz Smith. Paul Griffiths
  • Score: -6

5:24pm Wed 28 May 14

PeterNielsen says...

Nortynorse wrote:
What gets my goat is the fact that Smith & Laurensen think they have the rest of the council by the ****. Who was stupid enoug to vote either Lib Dem or Green, stand up now. The fact is that no one really gives a toss who is in command in the city, they are only looking after number ONE, THEMSELVES!!!!
Nonesense. Neil Laurenson didn't ask to be a power broker. That situation exists because the Labour Party and The Conservative Party will not share power even though that seems to be the logic of how the electorate voted. The two main parties want power for themselves. That is why Laurenson is in the position he is. Given that, who can blame him for putting a price on his support for one party or the other if it means he can extract concessions that benefit those who voted for him and his party? Isn't that what councillors are supposed to do? Look after their constituents?
This situation is none of Neil's making. It is the result of Labour and Tory seeking absolute power when neither of them have an overall majority.
[quote][p][bold]Nortynorse[/bold] wrote: What gets my goat is the fact that Smith & Laurensen think they have the rest of the council by the ****. Who was stupid enoug to vote either Lib Dem or Green, stand up now. The fact is that no one really gives a toss who is in command in the city, they are only looking after number ONE, THEMSELVES!!!![/p][/quote]Nonesense. Neil Laurenson didn't ask to be a power broker. That situation exists because the Labour Party and The Conservative Party will not share power even though that seems to be the logic of how the electorate voted. The two main parties want power for themselves. That is why Laurenson is in the position he is. Given that, who can blame him for putting a price on his support for one party or the other if it means he can extract concessions that benefit those who voted for him and his party? Isn't that what councillors are supposed to do? Look after their constituents? This situation is none of Neil's making. It is the result of Labour and Tory seeking absolute power when neither of them have an overall majority. PeterNielsen
  • Score: 2

6:40pm Wed 28 May 14

The Boy says...

I didn’t ask or want to be ‘kingmaker’, but as the two main parties hitherto refuse to share power, I am in the situation I’m in. It would be pointless if I simply sided with one or the other without using the opportunity to get agreement on Green policies. Indeed, surely having influence on what the council does is the main purpose of me being part of it! - NL
I didn’t ask or want to be ‘kingmaker’, but as the two main parties hitherto refuse to share power, I am in the situation I’m in. It would be pointless if I simply sided with one or the other without using the opportunity to get agreement on Green policies. Indeed, surely having influence on what the council does is the main purpose of me being part of it! - NL The Boy
  • Score: 5

10:03pm Wed 28 May 14

FranklyFrank says...

It isn't agreement to policies the Green wants which is likely to be the issue-it's what NL will agree to in return for the benefit of our city. It can't be a one way trade.
It isn't agreement to policies the Green wants which is likely to be the issue-it's what NL will agree to in return for the benefit of our city. It can't be a one way trade. FranklyFrank
  • Score: 0

10:12pm Wed 28 May 14

F1 Dave says...

I didn’t ask or want to be ‘kingmaker’, but as the two main parties hitherto refuse to share power, I am in the situation I’m in. It would be pointless if I simply sided with one or the other without using the opportunity to get agreement on Green policies. Indeed, surely having influence on what the council does is the main purpose of me being part of it! - NL

Quite right Neil, just make sure that whoever you side with keeps true to there word. We see broken promises all to often!!
I didn’t ask or want to be ‘kingmaker’, but as the two main parties hitherto refuse to share power, I am in the situation I’m in. It would be pointless if I simply sided with one or the other without using the opportunity to get agreement on Green policies. Indeed, surely having influence on what the council does is the main purpose of me being part of it! - NL Quite right Neil, just make sure that whoever you side with keeps true to there word. We see broken promises all to often!! F1 Dave
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Fri 30 May 14

Hwicce says...

Meanwhile in the real world the would-be voters get more and more disillusioned with the childish antics of the people they elected, and wonder why they bothered and whether they will bother again.

Can't we just get back to emptying the bins, and fixing the potholes and leave all the silly games at primary school?
Meanwhile in the real world the would-be voters get more and more disillusioned with the childish antics of the people they elected, and wonder why they bothered and whether they will bother again. Can't we just get back to emptying the bins, and fixing the potholes and leave all the silly games at primary school? Hwicce
  • Score: -2

8:33am Mon 2 Jun 14

green49 says...

What a load of ego seekers, spoilt brats and as usual the politicians behaving like school kids, WHERES the commitment to the taxpayer and the constituents who vote???

Thats why people are bored and a lot do not vote due to stuff like this,
What a load of ego seekers, spoilt brats and as usual the politicians behaving like school kids, WHERES the commitment to the taxpayer and the constituents who vote??? Thats why people are bored and a lot do not vote due to stuff like this, green49
  • Score: -2

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