Would-be Mayor of Worcester hits out at "skulduggery"

Worcester News: Councillor Paul Denham Councillor Paul Denham

THE man who lost out in his bid to become the Mayor of Worcester has revealed his anguish - saying his dream had been "snatched away in a moment of skulduggery".

Councillor Paul Denham has spent the last year as the city's deputy mayor - a role which normally leads to the occupier taking the ceremonial chains after 12 months.

He was nominated as Labour's candidate for mayor on Tuesday, but despite getting 17 votes, including support from the Lib Dem and Green, became victim to the Conservative/Cllr Alan Amos coup.

In an emotional blog post written yesterday, he revealed how much work he'd put into preparing to be the Mayor of Worcester.

He said: "My plans to send disadvantaged Worcester children on adventure holiday breaks with the Youth Hostels Association, with assistance from Action For Children will not now happen.

"Worcester Volunteer Centre, which needs funds to recruit and train volunteers who are badly needed to patch up gaps in council services, will not get its share of the mayor's fundraising.

"The Air Ambulance charity which needs to build a new helipad at Worcestershire Royal Hospital will not get mayoral help."

He said Cllr Amos had "wrecked" all of his plans, claiming it was due to "a dirty deal" that "gives politics a bad name".

Amid yesterday's criticism the new city council leader, Councillor Simon Geraghty, stepped in to support the mayor.

"Nobody can say he is a 'staunch Conservative' or a 'Labour stooge' - Alan is clearly an independent," he said.

"When we heard he was resigning from Labour, we thought 'it's a very tight scenario, what would be the best outcome'.

"It dawned upon us that having Alan as mayor would be a good solution.

"He's handling a pretty remarkable situation very well."

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1:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

This is very sad for Worcester. Paul denham would have been an excellent mayor. Shame on Amos and his Tory side kicks
This is very sad for Worcester. Paul denham would have been an excellent mayor. Shame on Amos and his Tory side kicks Worcester woman 1964
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2:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

3thinker says...

Cllr Geraghty.

You too should be ashamed and apologise to the good citizens of Worcester.

I doubt I'm not the only former Conservative voter that won't be voting for such a discredited party at future City and County council elections.

If you and your minions have no principles and such disrespect for local democracy then I certainly won't be helping to support your desperate plans to get power at any cost.
Cllr Geraghty. You too should be ashamed and apologise to the good citizens of Worcester. I doubt I'm not the only former Conservative voter that won't be voting for such a discredited party at future City and County council elections. If you and your minions have no principles and such disrespect for local democracy then I certainly won't be helping to support your desperate plans to get power at any cost. 3thinker
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4:48pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Shropshirelad says...

What would you have said if Councillor Riaz had got Deputy Mayor as the Labourites wanted. He had been a Conservative Councillor only "five minutes" before the election. No jiggery pockery there of course was there, no offering him Deputy Mayor if he changed sides to Labour. Labour have learned a hard lesson, do the dirty and show disloyalty to your members and they will certainly show disloyalty to you. Councillor Denham did lot lose out on the Mayors post, nobody has a prescribed right to it, he lost on straight votes and nobody should count their chickens before they hatch.
What would you have said if Councillor Riaz had got Deputy Mayor as the Labourites wanted. He had been a Conservative Councillor only "five minutes" before the election. No jiggery pockery there of course was there, no offering him Deputy Mayor if he changed sides to Labour. Labour have learned a hard lesson, do the dirty and show disloyalty to your members and they will certainly show disloyalty to you. Councillor Denham did lot lose out on the Mayors post, nobody has a prescribed right to it, he lost on straight votes and nobody should count their chickens before they hatch. Shropshirelad
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10:50am Sat 7 Jun 14

perdiswellpain says...

Must be sad to have to sell your soul to the devil, just to get the job of mayor!!!
You should be ashamed and step down as mayor and Geraghty should go too.
This is abuse of power and trust!!!
Must be sad to have to sell your soul to the devil, just to get the job of mayor!!! You should be ashamed and step down as mayor and Geraghty should go too. This is abuse of power and trust!!! perdiswellpain
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