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LIVE NEWS: Decision time over who controls Worcester City Council
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8:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14
truth must out says
Absolute disgrace....Amos throwing his toys out of the pram to get what he wants. Complete hypocrite, we voted for a Labour councillor and have ended up with an independant and a Tory council. Shame on you Amos.
8:50pm Tue 3 Jun 14
What a fiasco it sounds.
8:41pm Tue 3 Jun 14
Margaret Layland wrote:Independent? From where I'm sitting it looks like a case of 'once a Tory, always a Tory'
Politics is a funny old game! 10 days of wondering which way the Green and Lib Dem would vote. They were King makers. Then a Labour Councillor becomes an Independent.....
Thanks for following tonight, I've got to write up my piece for tomorrow's Worcester News.
To recap, a sensational coup has seen the Conservatives seize control of the City council from Labour, with Simon Geraghty back as leader for a second spell, the only man in history to do so.
The Tories won by 18 votes to 17, with Labour leader Adrian Gregson losing a 'no confidence' motion and his entire Labour cabinet axed.
Alan Amos, who quit Labour on Sunday, voted with the Tories and has become the new Mayor of Worcester amid sensational scenes.
We've just had the cabinet announced and it's all Tory:
Deputy leader Marc Bayliss, Andy Roberts cleaner and greener, David Wilkinson safer and stronger, Chris Mitchell finance and Lucy Hodgson customer services.
The Conservatives have taken control of Worcester City Council tonight with the support of Alan Amos, who quit Labour on Sunday and is now the Mayor of Worcester.
The Tories got support from Alan Amos, giving them 18 with Labour, the lone Lib Dem and single Green voting against.
We have another vote and Tory Simon Geraghty is elected NEW City council leader 18-17
Gregson AXED as leader
BREAKING: leader Adrian Gregson 'no confidence' motion is PASSED 18-17 after Amos votes with the Tories
We are voting right now....
Tory Marc Bayliss counters, saying Labour put up council tax and parking charges which "directly contradicts" Labour's national cost of living campaign.
Labour's Richard Udall directly insults Alan Amos, saying "you used to care" to gasps on the Tory side.
Denham pleads not to allow "the dark clouds of selfishness and austerity to roll over the City" by chucking her party out of power.
All heating up now, Labour's Matthew Lamb calls it a "tragedy" if Labour are booted out, and colleague Lynn Denham says Gregson took over "a tired administration" and deserves to stay in place.
Deputy Labour City council leader Geoff Williams, who is also on the verge of being axed tonight, lists all kind of achievements like High Street repaving, giving staff the Living Wage, affordable housing, the City of Culture bid preparations, and more.
Gregson says "a return to the dark age beckons" if the Tories take over. "Be warned," he rails.
Adrian Gregson is on his feet and defends Labour's record, saying he is pushing regeneration, new housing, and is sorting out the finances.
Tory group deputy leader Marc Bayliss calls the Labour leadership's ideas "potty", says they are "obsessed" with keeping services in house and did "unpopular" things like increase parking charges.
Alan Amos says he will be a "people's Mayor" and a minute later, we are onto the motion of 'no confidence' in leader Adrian Gregson.
There is now a vote and Tory Roger Knight is the new deputy Mayor of Worcester 19-16, with support from a Green Neil Laurenson, Amos and the Tories.
7:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14
What a turn up for the book, the Labourites, the lone Green and the poor Lib Dem have been well and truly "Hoisted by their own Petard". Not a Tory myself but under the circumstances - if there was any justice in local politics then it was here tonight with Alan Amos being made Mayor of the City. A bad game played by Labour and the two from the minnow parties and the treachery of Labour has well rebounded on them - suitable reward also for increasing Council Tax which would have set them off on the Labourite national habit of tax and spend. lol.
Labour's Lynn Denham says with Riaz, it's been a "long time since the City had a deputy Mayor young enough to have school-age children", backing him.
There is now a call for a deputy Mayor, Labour suggest Jabba Riaz - as we predicted last week. The Tories suggest Roger Knight, so we'll have another vote.
We are still on Cllr Agar's barnstorming speech, she is playing a glowing tribute of her own to Worcester and it's people.
Pat Agar is now delivering a first class speech on her time as Mayor. She calls her time "an honour and a privilege".
Amazing events here. Amos is in the chair as the new Mayor of Worcester and retiring Mayor Pat Agar is now getting warm tributes.
Amos takes the chains and says he is "well aware" of what being the Mayor means.
All 15 Labour, one Green and one Lib Dem all vote against him but it's not enough to prevent Alan Amos becoming Mayor. Cries of "disgraceful" in my ear but also a lot of applause.
BREAKING Alan Amos becomes the new Mayor of Worcester after a 18-17 vote.
We are now voting....
Tory Roger Knight says there is "no better time to elect an independent Mayor" given the fine balance of the council. Some howls and gasps from Labour.
Conservative Andy Roberts defends Amos, saying he "gets it" and has an "outstanding record" as a councillor.
Labour deputy leader Geoff Williams says the entire integrity of the council is at stake. He pleads with Amos not to back a Tory administration and to forget his Mayoral bid.
Incredible start. The Conservatives say Alan Amos, who left Labour on Sunday to become an 'independent', should be the Mayor. Adrian Gregson is already on his feet trying to back Paul Denham.
We are now underway and onto the election of a new Mayor, Labour suggest Paul Denham and the Tories counter by putting forward Alan Amos!
The Tories are looking relaxed, Labour apprehensive. Alan Amos hasn't said a word to any Labour councillors, all of whom are on his left hand side in the chamber.
Now at the Guildhall and the tension is building as councillors file in, Alan Amos has arrived and is sat next to Lib Dem Liz Smith.
He looks a man under pressure.
Evening all, it's decision time: a new administration for 2014/15 is being voted in at Worcester City Council tonight.
There are 17 Tory councillors at the Guildhall, 15 Labour, one Green and one Lib Dem, as well as the new independent Alan Amos.
If the Conservatives get just one more vote, it will give them 18 - enough to take over control of the council from Labour.
Any other permutation will see Labour hold on to control, even in the result of a 17-17 tie in the event of one politician abstaining.
Current leader Councillor Adrian Gregson is fighting for his political career, and faces a Tory 'no confidence' motion which could see him ousted.
Tonight will also see a new Mayor of Worcester voted in for the next 12 months, taking over the chains from Cllr Pat Agar.
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