Axed leader's sadness at shock city council coup

Worcester News: Councillor Adrian Gregson, pictured here in happier times Councillor Adrian Gregson, pictured here in happier times

THE outgoing leader of Worcester City Council has spoken of his sadness at being axed from the role after just one year in office.

Councillor Adrian Gregson packed up his belongings at the council's Orchard House headquarters yesterday morning after Tuesday night's shock coup.

The veteran Labour stalwart, who was booted out after the Tories put forward a 'no confidence' motion on his leadership, admitted he didn't see it coming.

"My main emotion is disappointment - we put a plan and a budget in place and haven't been given the chance to implement it," he said.

"My time as leader was busy, exciting, interesting, eye-opening, it was a real privilege - and too short."

He said among the biggest achievements when running the city was giving staff the Living Wage of £7.45 an hour, carrying on the High Street revamp, launching a potential City of Culture bid and earmarking more money towards affordable housing.

The council also helped bring the Tour of Britain cycle race back to Worcester, approved a £900,000 planned revamp of the Diglis playing fields and adopted a blueprint for regenerating Angel Place.

The axed leader is now back in his familiar role as leader of the opposition Labour group, a position he has held throughout this century until last year's power grab.

Unlike many council leaders he also kept his day job, working inside the archives and archaeology department at The Hive, where he was back at work yesterday.

Cllr Gregson, who represents Rainbow Hill, also took a swipe at the new Conservative leadership by saying he fully expects to be sidelined in terms of ideas.

"When we took over last year there was a lot of talk about how close the votes are, and they said there were things and ideas we could all agree with," he said.

"But it's just talk. I now have fear of what will come next and what will happen to our plans."

He said rather than anger, his focus now is building on his time as leader to provide serious opposition.

"I don't have much faith that what's gone on is just about what's right for Worcester," he said.

His position as leader of the Labour group is not considered under threat.

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3:25pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Samboy says...

Did he feel sad last year when he did a deal with the LIb/.Dems to oust the Tories, or are tears all part of a one way process. Coups are not so clever are they?
Did he feel sad last year when he did a deal with the LIb/.Dems to oust the Tories, or are tears all part of a one way process. Coups are not so clever are they? Samboy
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3:34pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

Samboy wrote:
Did he feel sad last year when he did a deal with the LIb/.Dems to oust the Tories, or are tears all part of a one way process. Coups are not so clever are they?
There was no coup last year. The fact is that the lib dems and green no longer felt that could work with the Tories due to dissatisfaction over how things were being run. This year the post of mayor has effectively been sold. That never happened last year. Now we can only stand and watch as the Tories, who know the price of everything and the value of nothing, sell off the rest of the council. Thank you Amos. I hope you can still sleep at night
[quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: Did he feel sad last year when he did a deal with the LIb/.Dems to oust the Tories, or are tears all part of a one way process. Coups are not so clever are they?[/p][/quote]There was no coup last year. The fact is that the lib dems and green no longer felt that could work with the Tories due to dissatisfaction over how things were being run. This year the post of mayor has effectively been sold. That never happened last year. Now we can only stand and watch as the Tories, who know the price of everything and the value of nothing, sell off the rest of the council. Thank you Amos. I hope you can still sleep at night Worcester woman 1964
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4:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Doogie 46 says...

Was Coun. Riaz not expecting to be Deputy Mayor this year (presumably leading to Mayor next year) after a very short stint in the Labour party - one might suspect that an offer along those lines seduced him into leaving the Conservatives.
Both the Riaz and Amos affairs show local politics in a rather poor light and debase the dignity of both distinguished Civic Offices. I suspect Coun. Amos is going to have a difficult year, and it is to be hoped lessons have been learned by all parties.
Was Coun. Riaz not expecting to be Deputy Mayor this year (presumably leading to Mayor next year) after a very short stint in the Labour party - one might suspect that an offer along those lines seduced him into leaving the Conservatives. Both the Riaz and Amos affairs show local politics in a rather poor light and debase the dignity of both distinguished Civic Offices. I suspect Coun. Amos is going to have a difficult year, and it is to be hoped lessons have been learned by all parties. Doogie 46
  • Score: 7

7:11pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bmoc55 says...

Grow up Gregson. You now have a taste of your own medicine.
Grow up Gregson. You now have a taste of your own medicine. bmoc55
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9:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

Hang on did I read that right? He approved £900,000 on a playing field revamp? What's he replacing the grass with? Gold?
Hang on did I read that right? He approved £900,000 on a playing field revamp? What's he replacing the grass with? Gold? DarrenM
  • Score: 3

9:03am Fri 6 Jun 14

ray1111 says...

he approved £900000 ? this was money earmarked and requested under conservation administration as section 106 money from developing diglis. How the labour party have the front to claim they have enabled this is dishonest and deceitful.
he approved £900000 ? this was money earmarked and requested under conservation administration as section 106 money from developing diglis. How the labour party have the front to claim they have enabled this is dishonest and deceitful. ray1111
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Fri 6 Jun 14

FromTheOutside says...

Labour getting a taste of their own medicine.

The Green was happy to hold either party to ransom - didn't really care which, so long as they were prepared to pay his 'bribe'.

The Tories won more seats than anyone else - on that basis alone, they deserve to be part of the administration.
Labour getting a taste of their own medicine. The Green was happy to hold either party to ransom - didn't really care which, so long as they were prepared to pay his 'bribe'. The Tories won more seats than anyone else - on that basis alone, they deserve to be part of the administration. FromTheOutside
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