Shock as Labour councillor quits party on the eve of crunch vote

Worcester News: Councillor Alan Amos: has quit the Labour Party Councillor Alan Amos: has quit the Labour Party

A WORCESTER councillor has dramatically quit the Labour Party - in a move which could see the Conservatives take over the city council.

Your Worcester News can reveal how Cllr Alan Amos resigned last night, saying he wants to carry on as an "independent" councillor.

The shock move, which follows a bitter falling out with the city's Labour leadership, comes just 24 hours before leader Councillor Adrian Gregson faces a vote of 'no confidence' tomorrow night and could be ousted.

If Cllr Amos decides to vote with the opposition Tory group tomorrow, it will mean Worcester City Council becoming Conservative controlled just one year after it lost office to a shock Labour coup.

The dramatic development comes amid talks between both the Tories and Labour with the city's lone Green politician, Cllr Neil Laurenson, over which party runs the council - negotiations which today are still rumbling on.

If Cllr Amos does back the Tories, it means Cllr Laurenson's hard bargaining with both main parties over the last 10 days may well end up a waste of time.

Worcester's Conservatives have already responded to the news by saying Labour should "step aside" and let them run the city.

Cllr Amos, who represents Warndon, delivered his resignation letter to Labour's city HQ just before 9pm last night, but did not give his reasons why he decided to quit.

* In tomorrow's Worcester News - we reveal the FULL story behind his resignation. 

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12:16pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Hwicce says...

While we're all playing our silly games who's actually doing anything to run the City?
While we're all playing our silly games who's actually doing anything to run the City? Hwicce
  • Score: 16

12:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Westhamoldguy says...

He's done all this before, He used to be a Conservative in Hexam, It seems like he likes the limelight, check out his past on Google! I think Labour might not want him!
He's done all this before, He used to be a Conservative in Hexam, It seems like he likes the limelight, check out his past on Google! I think Labour might not want him! Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 24

1:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Give Up! says...

The seat should be put back for selection.. if you voted for a Labour candidate as you believe in their policy then he should remain a Labour candidate or step down completely. What would happen if he now decided to follow the policies of the Green Party or BNP etc etc, he is no longer representing his electorate is he???
The seat should be put back for selection.. if you voted for a Labour candidate as you believe in their policy then he should remain a Labour candidate or step down completely. What would happen if he now decided to follow the policies of the Green Party or BNP etc etc, he is no longer representing his electorate is he??? Give Up!
  • Score: 28

1:44pm Mon 2 Jun 14

CJH says...

They're all taking to the lifeboats. And the lifeboats have 'Titanic' on them...
They're all taking to the lifeboats. And the lifeboats have 'Titanic' on them... CJH
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Could this mean that "The Boy" Laurenson doesn't get to play kingmaker?
Could this mean that "The Boy" Laurenson doesn't get to play kingmaker? New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 8

3:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

brooksider says...

Westhamoldguy wrote:
He's done all this before, He used to be a Conservative in Hexam, It seems like he likes the limelight, check out his past on Google! I think Labour might not want him!
Is this what you mean?
from Total Politics magazine
Defection has always been part and parcel of politics, from Winston Churchill who ratted and then ‘re-ratted' from the Conservatives to the Liberals and back, to John Horam who sat as a Labour, SDP and Tory MP until stepping down in 2010.

But as political turncoats go, Alan Amos is up there with the best of them.

Younger voters in Worcester probably know him only as a local Labour councillor, recently in the news for trying to twin the venerable cathedral city with Gaza. But those with longer memories will recall a very different political animal - a right-wing Tory MP who once advocated flogging for rapists and muggers and birching for young offenders.

The early life of Alan Amos was curiously intertwined with that of the young Tony Blair. The future prime minister was, of course, notoriously apolitical during his student days, dreaming more of rock superstardom than of No 10. By contrast Amos, his contemporary at St John's College, Oxford, was active in student politics, being elected president of the Oxford University Conservative Association.

Shortly after gaining his teaching qualification, Amos was elected to Enfield borough council before, like Blair, landing a plum parliamentary seat in the North-East, namely Hexham in Northumberland. Elected in 1987, he quickly made a name for himself as an outspoken rightwinger. As well as his views on flogging, he was vehemently anti-abortion and, perhaps more unusually for someone of his political ilk, anti-smoking, campaigning for a ban on tobacco advertising long before it became a fashionable cause.

Ordinarily, to be Conservative MP for Hexham should have seen Amos set up for life - but shortly before he was due to defend the constituency at the general election in 1992, fate intervened.

After being arrested and cautioned for alleged indecency on Hampstead Heath, Amos was abruptly dumped as the Tory candidate and forced to resign. Spurned by his local constituency association in Hexham - whom he later described as "dreadful people" - Amos also tried and failed to be readopted as a Tory council candidate in Enfield, where he had been deputy council leader prior to becoming an MP.

In 1994, he duly joined the Labour Party, fighting Hitchin and Harpenden for the party in 2001 before being elected as a Labour councillor in Tower Hamlets from 2002-2006 and subsequently Worcester from 2008.

A favourable reading of Amos's career would have it that a moment of personal crisis forced him to reappraise his beliefs and discover his true political identity.

A less charitable interpretation, however, would view his conversion to Labour as a prolonged bout of sour grapes over his less-than-supportive treatment by the party he had grown up in.

Interviewed about his former career, Amos said: "What has changed in me is the fundamental way I look at situations and look at people. I like to think I'm a tolerant, understanding person. In those days I was more judgmental."

And as for flogging, he now says simply: "I no longer believe in that."
[quote][p][bold]Westhamoldguy[/bold] wrote: He's done all this before, He used to be a Conservative in Hexam, It seems like he likes the limelight, check out his past on Google! I think Labour might not want him![/p][/quote]Is this what you mean? from Total Politics magazine Defection has always been part and parcel of politics, from Winston Churchill who ratted and then ‘re-ratted' from the Conservatives to the Liberals and back, to John Horam who sat as a Labour, SDP and Tory MP until stepping down in 2010. But as political turncoats go, Alan Amos is up there with the best of them. Younger voters in Worcester probably know him only as a local Labour councillor, recently in the news for trying to twin the venerable cathedral city with Gaza. But those with longer memories will recall a very different political animal - a right-wing Tory MP who once advocated flogging for rapists and muggers and birching for young offenders. The early life of Alan Amos was curiously intertwined with that of the young Tony Blair. The future prime minister was, of course, notoriously apolitical during his student days, dreaming more of rock superstardom than of No 10. By contrast Amos, his contemporary at St John's College, Oxford, was active in student politics, being elected president of the Oxford University Conservative Association. Shortly after gaining his teaching qualification, Amos was elected to Enfield borough council before, like Blair, landing a plum parliamentary seat in the North-East, namely Hexham in Northumberland. Elected in 1987, he quickly made a name for himself as an outspoken rightwinger. As well as his views on flogging, he was vehemently anti-abortion and, perhaps more unusually for someone of his political ilk, anti-smoking, campaigning for a ban on tobacco advertising long before it became a fashionable cause. Ordinarily, to be Conservative MP for Hexham should have seen Amos set up for life - but shortly before he was due to defend the constituency at the general election in 1992, fate intervened. After being arrested and cautioned for alleged indecency on Hampstead Heath, Amos was abruptly dumped as the Tory candidate and forced to resign. Spurned by his local constituency association in Hexham - whom he later described as "dreadful people" - Amos also tried and failed to be readopted as a Tory council candidate in Enfield, where he had been deputy council leader prior to becoming an MP. In 1994, he duly joined the Labour Party, fighting Hitchin and Harpenden for the party in 2001 before being elected as a Labour councillor in Tower Hamlets from 2002-2006 and subsequently Worcester from 2008. A favourable reading of Amos's career would have it that a moment of personal crisis forced him to reappraise his beliefs and discover his true political identity. A less charitable interpretation, however, would view his conversion to Labour as a prolonged bout of sour grapes over his less-than-supportive treatment by the party he had grown up in. Interviewed about his former career, Amos said: "What has changed in me is the fundamental way I look at situations and look at people. I like to think I'm a tolerant, understanding person. In those days I was more judgmental." And as for flogging, he now says simply: "I no longer believe in that." brooksider
  • Score: 14

4:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Westhamoldguy says...

Yes, thats exactly what I meant, Flogging, Birching, Twinning with Gaza, it appears that he likes the headlines, However I don't think past alleged crimes should be commented upon, when we are discussing his political stance, he stood as a Labour Candidate, he won as a Labour candidate, either work as a Labour candidate or resign office and go for a by-election, but he wont do that, he just wants the headlines, as stated.
Yes, thats exactly what I meant, Flogging, Birching, Twinning with Gaza, it appears that he likes the headlines, However I don't think past alleged crimes should be commented upon, when we are discussing his political stance, he stood as a Labour Candidate, he won as a Labour candidate, either work as a Labour candidate or resign office and go for a by-election, but he wont do that, he just wants the headlines, as stated. Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 10

4:58pm Mon 2 Jun 14

High Time says...

I did not agree with his politics but I think he is a good ward Councillor.
I did not agree with his politics but I think he is a good ward Councillor. High Time
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

dontburnourfuture says...

He was asked if he would like to see how to save up to £20 million per annum
by not having an incinerator, but he walked off ???? I think that was a no then?

Thank you for the Hampstead Heath reminder Brooksider. Interesting article.
He was asked if he would like to see how to save up to £20 million per annum by not having an incinerator, but he walked off ???? I think that was a no then? Thank you for the Hampstead Heath reminder Brooksider. Interesting article. dontburnourfuture
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

Looks like there will be a narrow escape from having some lunatic "green" schemes forced on the city then!
Looks like there will be a narrow escape from having some lunatic "green" schemes forced on the city then! DarrenM
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

Sir, you will be quite welcome in UKIP . I've no doubt. Please consider it.
Sir, you will be quite welcome in UKIP . I've no doubt. Please consider it. MrUpton
  • Score: -6

8:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

I also agree that whatever is dragged up about Coun Amos he is a good community Councilor, But how will he be able to have a foot in the Independant camp and also in the Labour Camp at County Hall?
I also agree that whatever is dragged up about Coun Amos he is a good community Councilor, But how will he be able to have a foot in the Independant camp and also in the Labour Camp at County Hall? Jabbadad
  • Score: 4

8:43pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

It will be a bad day if the CONservatives are able to resume their SLASH & BURN policies over the vulnerable and older peoples services,
It will be a bad day if the CONservatives are able to resume their SLASH & BURN policies over the vulnerable and older peoples services, Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

10:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

3thinker says...

Worcester City Politics is becoming even more surreal than the scripts for Dallas.

First we have Cllr Bayliss defecting from Labour to Conservative.

Then we have Jabba Riaz defecting from Conservative to Labour.

And Pam Clayton defecting from Labour to Conservative whilst still paying subs to Labour.

Now we have former Conservative MP, Alan Amos defecting to Labour and now resisting the Labour whip in an opportunistic attempt to control power in the City as an 'Independent'.

Add to that the Conservative defections elsewhere in the County to UKIP.

Opportunistic careerists, or what?

No wonder electors are disillusioned with politics and politicians.

What ever happened to the condition politicians of old?
Worcester City Politics is becoming even more surreal than the scripts for Dallas. First we have Cllr Bayliss defecting from Labour to Conservative. Then we have Jabba Riaz defecting from Conservative to Labour. And Pam Clayton defecting from Labour to Conservative whilst still paying subs to Labour. Now we have former Conservative MP, Alan Amos defecting to Labour and now resisting the Labour whip in an opportunistic attempt to control power in the City as an 'Independent'. Add to that the Conservative defections elsewhere in the County to UKIP. Opportunistic careerists, or what? No wonder electors are disillusioned with politics and politicians. What ever happened to the condition politicians of old? 3thinker
  • Score: 10

10:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

3thinker says...

3thinker wrote:
Worcester City Politics is becoming even more surreal than the scripts for Dallas.

First we have Cllr Bayliss defecting from Labour to Conservative.

Then we have Jabba Riaz defecting from Conservative to Labour.

And Pam Clayton defecting from Labour to Conservative whilst still paying subs to Labour.

Now we have former Conservative MP, Alan Amos defecting to Labour and now resisting the Labour whip in an opportunistic attempt to control power in the City as an 'Independent'.

Add to that the Conservative defections elsewhere in the County to UKIP.

Opportunistic careerists, or what?

No wonder electors are disillusioned with politics and politicians.

What ever happened to the condition politicians of old?
The final sentence should of course have read as

What ever happened tom the conviction politicians of old?
[quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: Worcester City Politics is becoming even more surreal than the scripts for Dallas. First we have Cllr Bayliss defecting from Labour to Conservative. Then we have Jabba Riaz defecting from Conservative to Labour. And Pam Clayton defecting from Labour to Conservative whilst still paying subs to Labour. Now we have former Conservative MP, Alan Amos defecting to Labour and now resisting the Labour whip in an opportunistic attempt to control power in the City as an 'Independent'. Add to that the Conservative defections elsewhere in the County to UKIP. Opportunistic careerists, or what? No wonder electors are disillusioned with politics and politicians. What ever happened to the condition politicians of old?[/p][/quote]The final sentence should of course have read as What ever happened tom the conviction politicians of old? 3thinker
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Perfman says...

Jabbadad wrote:
It will be a bad day if the CONservatives are able to resume their SLASH & BURN policies over the vulnerable and older peoples services,
What a shame for LIARbour!
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: It will be a bad day if the CONservatives are able to resume their SLASH & BURN policies over the vulnerable and older peoples services,[/p][/quote]What a shame for LIARbour! Perfman
  • Score: -1

12:25am Tue 3 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Ha ha Good try Perfman, however you are off target with referance to me being a member of the Labour party, And your silly attempt does not work since it's a very poor atempt , unlike CONservative nothing added nothing taken away just the same content.
Ha ha Good try Perfman, however you are off target with referance to me being a member of the Labour party, And your silly attempt does not work since it's a very poor atempt , unlike CONservative nothing added nothing taken away just the same content. Jabbadad
  • Score: -4

7:23am Tue 3 Jun 14

PrivateSi says...

I wish the Foreign Labourious Party would just dissolve into history... Same for the Cons & Libs, Greens/Uber Socialists... And even UKIP once we're out of the EU.
I wish the Foreign Labourious Party would just dissolve into history... Same for the Cons & Libs, Greens/Uber Socialists... And even UKIP once we're out of the EU. PrivateSi
  • Score: -4

2:56pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Dr Martin says...

PrivateSi wrote:
I wish the Foreign Labourious Party would just dissolve into history... Same for the Cons & Libs, Greens/Uber Socialists... And even UKIP once we're out of the EU.
Thought you would be a fan of the greens or the lib dems
[quote][p][bold]PrivateSi[/bold] wrote: I wish the Foreign Labourious Party would just dissolve into history... Same for the Cons & Libs, Greens/Uber Socialists... And even UKIP once we're out of the EU.[/p][/quote]Thought you would be a fan of the greens or the lib dems Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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