He's put his holidays before service

Worcester News: The new Mayor of Worcester Councillor Alan Amos The new Mayor of Worcester Councillor Alan Amos

THE Mayor of Worcester is embroiled in a new controversy - after cancelling his first major engagement due to a HOLIDAY.

Councillor Alan Amos has postponed a major civic service, a yearly tradition to welcome the new 'first citizen' into office, despite more than 100 invites already going out to people across the county.

The annual bash brings together the likes of judges, magistrates, former mayors, community leaders, councillors, other dignitaries and VIPs from around Worcestershire.

Staff were already well underway with the preparations and 110 letters had gone out so far to invite guests to the event, which was scheduled for Worcester Cathedral on Sunday, June 22.

The date for it was set back in January.

Cllr Amos has a holiday planned and told the city council he couldn't do it on Thursday, leading to 110 cancellation letters having to be sent out and scores of emails going to other invitees saying it was postponed due to "unforeseen circumstances".

Several Labour councillors had already pledged to boycott the service after Cllr Amos quit the party last week before voting the Conservatives into power and getting the chains in return.

Councillor Paul Denham, last year's deputy mayor, said: "Large numbers of invitations have been sent out well in advance to judges, magistrates, former mayors and other VIPs around the county.

"These will all now need to be written to again to withdraw the invitation and to re-invite them to a new date.

"This will cost taxpayers money in both staff time and postal costs, and some will no longer be able to come given the short notice."

A spokesman for Worcester City Council said the main costs are the staffing time and the letters, which went out in the second class post.

Cllr Amos said: "It's been postponed and as soon as we've got a new date everyone will know.

"We haven't currently got a new date for the service but hope to announce it soon."

MIKE LAYLAND COMES TO MAYOR'S SIDE

ONE of Worcester's most famous sons has leapt to the defence of Cllr Amos - saying fallouts are commonplace in politics.

Mike Layland, who was handed the Freedom of the City back in March, said he "doesn't know what all the hysteria is about".

The veteran former councillor, 77, spent 44 years in public life and first got elected in 1966 before quitting Labour himself to become an independent.

He said it was just "politics", and reckons the new city mayor should shrug off the criticism.

"These things happen, it's just politics, people fall out all the time," he said.

"Personally I don't know what all the hysteria is about, if we were all independent it'd be better for the city.

"I don't want politics in local government anyway, if you had people elected to no party you'd have less fallouts.

"Good luck to Alan - I was an independent and it was hard work, but I got there.

"When I left Labour they'd say to me 'you always vote with the Conservatives' but if you look at my record, there were many times I voted with Labour.

"I think he'll be a good mayor."

The city's lone Green Councillor Neil Laurenson took to Twitter yesterday to criticise Cllr Amos.

He wrote: "Yes, deal between Alan Amos and the Tories makes me embarrassed to be a councillor. Why bother?"

PETITION LAUNCHED TO KICK NEW MAYOR OUT

A DISGRUNTLED protestor has launched a new petition calling upon Worcester's controversial new mayor to resign.

Yesterday morning a member of the public went onto the Ipetitions website to set it up.

Several councillors and community groups across Worcester have been sent emails altering them to the petition, which calls upon Cllr Alan Amos to quit as city mayor and 'vacate his seat for Warndon', where he remains an independent.

He is next up for election in Warndon in 2016.

Among the signatures to appear on it so far are from Noel Kennedy, a campaigner for the homeless in Worcester, Matt Reynolds, a former council candidate in Worcestershire and Cllr Richard Udall, the chairman of Worcestershire County Council's Labour group.

It is currently anonymous but your Worcester News knows the identity of its creator.

Cllr Amos has refused to respond to criticism from what he calls "anonymous people".

"People can say what they like on the internet, if they are anonymous why would I bother responding to them," he said.

It also emerged yesterday that Cllr Amos' resignation from Worcester Labour Party means he is no longer part of the county council's opposition Labour group.

At County Hall he held the position of Labour's deputy leader, but will now sit alone.

It means he has been kicked off one of the council's key committees, the economy and environment scrutiny panel, which debates issues like traffic congestion.

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9:50am Sat 7 Jun 14

SammyD112 says...

More like he's bottled it because he doesn't want to face the people of Worcester! The new date will probably be the day before he leaves as mayor!!
More like he's bottled it because he doesn't want to face the people of Worcester! The new date will probably be the day before he leaves as mayor!! SammyD112
  • Score: 22

10:02am Sat 7 Jun 14

skychip says...

Something needs to be done quickly about this fiasco.
Something needs to be done quickly about this fiasco. skychip
  • Score: 34

10:03am Sat 7 Jun 14

CJH says...

I hope he'll be paying for any costs already incurred. Why should we (the taxpayers) be out of pocket? Cancel the whole thing and use the money for people who are really in need! Unfortunately my contempt for this man cannot be put into words here without being censored. Pity. But you probably know what I'm thinking...
I hope he'll be paying for any costs already incurred. Why should we (the taxpayers) be out of pocket? Cancel the whole thing and use the money for people who are really in need! Unfortunately my contempt for this man cannot be put into words here without being censored. Pity. But you probably know what I'm thinking... CJH
  • Score: 32

10:08am Sat 7 Jun 14

voledog says...

I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.
I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year. voledog
  • Score: 22

10:11am Sat 7 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

voledog wrote:
I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.
Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.[/p][/quote]Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 22

10:16am Sat 7 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

skychip wrote:
Something needs to be done quickly about this fiasco.
The new leaders of our council need to take on board the anger that many of us are feeling over this fiasco. This isn't manufactured anger as Amos claims. We feel betrayed. This isn't because we are anti Tory. It's because we are pro democracy
Politicians are criticised for being out of touch. The way that thus has been handled is a classic example.
[quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: Something needs to be done quickly about this fiasco.[/p][/quote]The new leaders of our council need to take on board the anger that many of us are feeling over this fiasco. This isn't manufactured anger as Amos claims. We feel betrayed. This isn't because we are anti Tory. It's because we are pro democracy Politicians are criticised for being out of touch. The way that thus has been handled is a classic example. Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 27

10:24am Sat 7 Jun 14

High Time says...

Maybe the anonymous author of the petition would like to give his/her real name so that it's clear in peoples minds that it's not a politically motivated petition.
Maybe the anonymous author of the petition would like to give his/her real name so that it's clear in peoples minds that it's not a politically motivated petition. High Time
  • Score: -12

10:35am Sat 7 Jun 14

ringthembells says...

I wonder how happy the Conservative group are with the shenanigans which have given them their "authority".
What price - in terms of integrity and public confidence - have they paid and will they pay for setting up the maverick Amos as Mayor ?
I wonder if Cllrs Geraghty and Bayliss thought that everyone in Worcester would say "Great idea. Good luck to Alan, and how nice to see the Tories back in charge with a clear mandate." If so, the spaceship is ready to return to their distant planet of origin.
I wonder how happy the Conservative group are with the shenanigans which have given them their "authority". What price - in terms of integrity and public confidence - have they paid and will they pay for setting up the maverick Amos as Mayor ? I wonder if Cllrs Geraghty and Bayliss thought that everyone in Worcester would say "Great idea. Good luck to Alan, and how nice to see the Tories back in charge with a clear mandate." If so, the spaceship is ready to return to their distant planet of origin. ringthembells
  • Score: 17

10:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

I have no party political affiliation, but in my working life I am expected to be rather politically neutral.
I have lived in Worcester for many years and work here, but in no way related to County Hall, the City Council or any other political party.
I have put this out there for the people of Worcester to see if they run with it and I am interested to see if they respond to it.
I am not interested in what the City Council looks like after a by-election with Mr. Amos seeking a mandate, but I think the people of Warndon deserve to be asked:

http://ipt.io/rvud
I have no party political affiliation, but in my working life I am expected to be rather politically neutral. I have lived in Worcester for many years and work here, but in no way related to County Hall, the City Council or any other political party. I have put this out there for the people of Worcester to see if they run with it and I am interested to see if they respond to it. I am not interested in what the City Council looks like after a by-election with Mr. Amos seeking a mandate, but I think the people of Warndon deserve to be asked: http://ipt.io/rvud Ted Elgar
  • Score: 22

10:43am Sat 7 Jun 14

High Time says...

Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
voledog wrote:
I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.
Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains
I think you have lost the argument when you drop to this level of comments. I find it odd that when he was a Labour Councillor and deputy Labour Leader at County Hall people would not have of dreamed of mud slinging but now even his old mate and colleague Richard Udall has joined the pack baying for blood.
[quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.[/p][/quote]Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains[/p][/quote]I think you have lost the argument when you drop to this level of comments. I find it odd that when he was a Labour Councillor and deputy Labour Leader at County Hall people would not have of dreamed of mud slinging but now even his old mate and colleague Richard Udall has joined the pack baying for blood. High Time
  • Score: -20

10:49am Sat 7 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

High Time wrote:
Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
voledog wrote:
I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.
Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains
I think you have lost the argument when you drop to this level of comments. I find it odd that when he was a Labour Councillor and deputy Labour Leader at County Hall people would not have of dreamed of mud slinging but now even his old mate and colleague Richard Udall has joined the pack baying for blood.
There is enough people out there with their eyes wide open and can see what has gone on and the level of hypocrisy that is being practised
I don't need to win any argument. The truth speaks for itself.
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.[/p][/quote]Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains[/p][/quote]I think you have lost the argument when you drop to this level of comments. I find it odd that when he was a Labour Councillor and deputy Labour Leader at County Hall people would not have of dreamed of mud slinging but now even his old mate and colleague Richard Udall has joined the pack baying for blood.[/p][/quote]There is enough people out there with their eyes wide open and can see what has gone on and the level of hypocrisy that is being practised I don't need to win any argument. The truth speaks for itself. Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 17

11:05am Sat 7 Jun 14

High Time says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
I have no party political affiliation, but in my working life I am expected to be rather politically neutral.
I have lived in Worcester for many years and work here, but in no way related to County Hall, the City Council or any other political party.
I have put this out there for the people of Worcester to see if they run with it and I am interested to see if they respond to it.
I am not interested in what the City Council looks like after a by-election with Mr. Amos seeking a mandate, but I think the people of Warndon deserve to be asked:

http://ipt.io/rvud
By starting the petition you have involved yourself politically so the neutral stand go's out of the window. If you are that incensed with what Alan Amos did you should be man enough to use your own name on the petition.
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: I have no party political affiliation, but in my working life I am expected to be rather politically neutral. I have lived in Worcester for many years and work here, but in no way related to County Hall, the City Council or any other political party. I have put this out there for the people of Worcester to see if they run with it and I am interested to see if they respond to it. I am not interested in what the City Council looks like after a by-election with Mr. Amos seeking a mandate, but I think the people of Warndon deserve to be asked: http://ipt.io/rvud[/p][/quote]By starting the petition you have involved yourself politically so the neutral stand go's out of the window. If you are that incensed with what Alan Amos did you should be man enough to use your own name on the petition. High Time
  • Score: -24

11:07am Sat 7 Jun 14

jb says...

As this ceremony was arranged in January he would have been fully aware of the date and arrangements, it's a disgrace if it's true that he's on holiday. Yet another slap in the face for the people of Worcester.
As this ceremony was arranged in January he would have been fully aware of the date and arrangements, it's a disgrace if it's true that he's on holiday. Yet another slap in the face for the people of Worcester. jb
  • Score: 27

11:14am Sat 7 Jun 14

speak your mind says...

I don't even live in worcester but what a farce this is turning out to be.

Burley one has provisional dates in ones diary. Basic principles of time management an important consideration for a position of Mayor. The amount of necessary committment should have been researched and established before expressing a willingness to be considered for this prestigious position which with these antics is being de-valued. It appears to be about power and ego, not what's best for the rate payers!
I don't even live in worcester but what a farce this is turning out to be. Burley one has provisional dates in ones diary. Basic principles of time management an important consideration for a position of Mayor. The amount of necessary committment should have been researched and established before expressing a willingness to be considered for this prestigious position which with these antics is being de-valued. It appears to be about power and ego, not what's best for the rate payers! speak your mind
  • Score: 23

11:16am Sat 7 Jun 14

Popley67 says...

Bill him for all the costs involved in cancelling the event! Once again he makes a mockery of this great city.
Let's all boycott his events!
Councillor Paul Denham would also have been a great Mayor for this city.
Do the right thing Alan hand over the chains to Paul and pay all the costs, we would have more respect for you then.
Bill him for all the costs involved in cancelling the event! Once again he makes a mockery of this great city. Let's all boycott his events! Councillor Paul Denham would also have been a great Mayor for this city. Do the right thing Alan hand over the chains to Paul and pay all the costs, we would have more respect for you then. Popley67
  • Score: 22

11:17am Sat 7 Jun 14

solar1 says...

jb As this ceremony was arranged in January ........

Does this therefore indicate that Alan Amos had planned this all along?

Even if he was a mere "Councillor" and not Mayor, he would surely have been expected to attend the Service.

So, whys so specifically arrange your holiday at this time/
jb As this ceremony was arranged in January ........ Does this therefore indicate that Alan Amos had planned this all along? Even if he was a mere "Councillor" and not Mayor, he would surely have been expected to attend the Service. So, whys so specifically arrange your holiday at this time/ solar1
  • Score: 23

11:49am Sat 7 Jun 14

CHANDBRUSH says...

What his unethical man has done has shown he puts personal gain before the people who voted for him he cannot be trusted by Conservatives or Labour even less by the public to do what is right for Worcester only what is good for himself. I am not Labour but he shames all Politicians.
What his unethical man has done has shown he puts personal gain before the people who voted for him he cannot be trusted by Conservatives or Labour even less by the public to do what is right for Worcester only what is good for himself. I am not Labour but he shames all Politicians. CHANDBRUSH
  • Score: 24

12:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

CJH says...

solar1 wrote:
jb As this ceremony was arranged in January ........

Does this therefore indicate that Alan Amos had planned this all along?

Even if he was a mere "Councillor" and not Mayor, he would surely have been expected to attend the Service.

So, whys so specifically arrange your holiday at this time/
Because he obviously believes that his needs come before the people he is supposed to represent. And of course now he is 'independent' no pressure can be brought from the tory or labour party to make him toe the line. How clever of him.
[quote][p][bold]solar1[/bold] wrote: jb As this ceremony was arranged in January ........ Does this therefore indicate that Alan Amos had planned this all along? Even if he was a mere "Councillor" and not Mayor, he would surely have been expected to attend the Service. So, whys so specifically arrange your holiday at this time/[/p][/quote]Because he obviously believes that his needs come before the people he is supposed to represent. And of course now he is 'independent' no pressure can be brought from the tory or labour party to make him toe the line. How clever of him. CJH
  • Score: 22

12:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

CJH wrote:
solar1 wrote:
jb As this ceremony was arranged in January ........

Does this therefore indicate that Alan Amos had planned this all along?

Even if he was a mere "Councillor" and not Mayor, he would surely have been expected to attend the Service.

So, whys so specifically arrange your holiday at this time/
Because he obviously believes that his needs come before the people he is supposed to represent. And of course now he is 'independent' no pressure can be brought from the tory or labour party to make him toe the line. How clever of him.
And in 2016 no party will support him either as he tries to get re elected. More tithe point, neither will the electorate. Perhaps he will be on holiday again
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solar1[/bold] wrote: jb As this ceremony was arranged in January ........ Does this therefore indicate that Alan Amos had planned this all along? Even if he was a mere "Councillor" and not Mayor, he would surely have been expected to attend the Service. So, whys so specifically arrange your holiday at this time/[/p][/quote]Because he obviously believes that his needs come before the people he is supposed to represent. And of course now he is 'independent' no pressure can be brought from the tory or labour party to make him toe the line. How clever of him.[/p][/quote]And in 2016 no party will support him either as he tries to get re elected. More tithe point, neither will the electorate. Perhaps he will be on holiday again Worcester woman 1964
  • Score: 17

1:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

The Villan says...

Don't you get the feeling this guy has the hide of a rhino and doesn't give a fig what others think? It's as if he is giving the people a two finger salute!

The man has no shame, like so many of his ilk.
Don't you get the feeling this guy has the hide of a rhino and doesn't give a fig what others think? It's as if he is giving the people a two finger salute! The man has no shame, like so many of his ilk. The Villan
  • Score: 29

3:23pm Sat 7 Jun 14

snailmale says...

This is an utterly disgraceful affair, and all those who have connived to bring it about should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. I do not understand how Councillor Amos can even consider continuing as Mayor, he commands no respect.
It's a pity that there is no equivalent to 'Ofstead' to inspect and regulate local councils. Worcester would surely be put in to Special Measures.
This is an utterly disgraceful affair, and all those who have connived to bring it about should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. I do not understand how Councillor Amos can even consider continuing as Mayor, he commands no respect. It's a pity that there is no equivalent to 'Ofstead' to inspect and regulate local councils. Worcester would surely be put in to Special Measures. snailmale
  • Score: 13

3:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

FranklyFrank says...

This particular criticism is unfair as it assumes that the deputy mayor is going to be elected mayor no matter what the political balance on the council. Nobody knew when the date was set what the outcome of the election would be, what decision the Lib Dem & Green councillors would take regarding council control, let alone Alan Amos' decision to leave the Labour Party.
This particular criticism is unfair as it assumes that the deputy mayor is going to be elected mayor no matter what the political balance on the council. Nobody knew when the date was set what the outcome of the election would be, what decision the Lib Dem & Green councillors would take regarding council control, let alone Alan Amos' decision to leave the Labour Party. FranklyFrank
  • Score: -17

3:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Voice of the Voyager says...

Geraghty and all the Tories now realise to their horror, they have created an out of control situation, that will backfire on them when the electorate lick their stubby pencils. If this is leadership and strategy, they are not fit to run a slug farm. Indeed, how do we not know if they have frantically tried to reverse this train crash, and AA has just laughed at them? They will rue the day some idiot came up with this cracking idea.

The bill for the cost and hours staff are now having to devote to cancelling June 22 - plus the insult to the Cathedral, I hope they levy a cancellation fee - should be split equally between Geraghty and Amos. This alone should be reported to for misuse of public funds and office.

Geraghty might revel in being council 'leader' but neither a leader of men nor 'officer material'.

Who will break ranks first within the Conservatives, in order to distance themselves from this shambolic embarrassment, with a 'It wasn't me, Guv'? Especially when their allowances might stop at the next election...:)
Geraghty and all the Tories now realise to their horror, they have created an out of control situation, that will backfire on them when the electorate lick their stubby pencils. If this is leadership and strategy, they are not fit to run a slug farm. Indeed, how do we not know if they have frantically tried to reverse this train crash, and AA has just laughed at them? They will rue the day some idiot came up with this cracking idea. The bill for the cost and hours staff are now having to devote to cancelling June 22 - plus the insult to the Cathedral, I hope they levy a cancellation fee - should be split equally between Geraghty and Amos. This alone should be reported to for misuse of public funds and office. Geraghty might revel in being council 'leader' but neither a leader of men nor 'officer material'. Who will break ranks first within the Conservatives, in order to distance themselves from this shambolic embarrassment, with a 'It wasn't me, Guv'? Especially when their allowances might stop at the next election...:) Voice of the Voyager
  • Score: 14

3:53pm Sat 7 Jun 14

presterjohn says...

High Time wrote:
Ted Elgar wrote:
I have no party political affiliation, but in my working life I am expected to be rather politically neutral.
I have lived in Worcester for many years and work here, but in no way related to County Hall, the City Council or any other political party.
I have put this out there for the people of Worcester to see if they run with it and I am interested to see if they respond to it.
I am not interested in what the City Council looks like after a by-election with Mr. Amos seeking a mandate, but I think the people of Warndon deserve to be asked:

http://ipt.io/rvud
By starting the petition you have involved yourself politically so the neutral stand go's out of the window. If you are that incensed with what Alan Amos did you should be man enough to use your own name on the petition.
One of the defining things about politics is being able to voice an opnion and vote without fear of reprisal. No one has the right to force you to tell them where your politics lie. When I go into the booth to vote for the least offensive same amongst a bunch of rogues I have no need to tell anyone and I can lawfully remain anonymous. If that is not good enough for Amos or you High Time, well frankly I don't care. I will continue to post my opinions using my on line name and I presume so will you. It does not make our opinions any less valuable than anyone else. By the way I have voted for all three parties in my time as I tend to vote for the person when it comes to local stuff so my opinions are pretty neutral too.
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: I have no party political affiliation, but in my working life I am expected to be rather politically neutral. I have lived in Worcester for many years and work here, but in no way related to County Hall, the City Council or any other political party. I have put this out there for the people of Worcester to see if they run with it and I am interested to see if they respond to it. I am not interested in what the City Council looks like after a by-election with Mr. Amos seeking a mandate, but I think the people of Warndon deserve to be asked: http://ipt.io/rvud[/p][/quote]By starting the petition you have involved yourself politically so the neutral stand go's out of the window. If you are that incensed with what Alan Amos did you should be man enough to use your own name on the petition.[/p][/quote]One of the defining things about politics is being able to voice an opnion and vote without fear of reprisal. No one has the right to force you to tell them where your politics lie. When I go into the booth to vote for the least offensive same amongst a bunch of rogues I have no need to tell anyone and I can lawfully remain anonymous. If that is not good enough for Amos or you High Time, well frankly I don't care. I will continue to post my opinions using my on line name and I presume so will you. It does not make our opinions any less valuable than anyone else. By the way I have voted for all three parties in my time as I tend to vote for the person when it comes to local stuff so my opinions are pretty neutral too. presterjohn
  • Score: 17

4:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

I'm pretty sure the most likely reason for Cllr. Amos not cancelling his holiday is an attempt to delay the ceremony until the crap settles.
The various interested parties probably think the furore well subside before he returns.
Will the voters of Warndon forget before his tan fades? I really hope not.
I'm pretty sure the most likely reason for Cllr. Amos not cancelling his holiday is an attempt to delay the ceremony until the crap settles. The various interested parties probably think the furore well subside before he returns. Will the voters of Warndon forget before his tan fades? I really hope not. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 24

4:52pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Lord Newbold says...

Is it a mind of their own or is this person just wanting to be different. Most Mayor Elect are well aware that they are going to become “First Citizen” and would sacrifice their private commitments for their twelve months of office.

Many Mayoral duties are fixed, year after year. Therefore, why this particular Mayor, is causing this problem some way proves what type of person they are. First, they resign from the Labour and side with the Conservatives, just to secure the chains of office. While I can understand the sentiments of some labour members wanting to boycott this person. Because of their actions. Do they not realise to boycott this first citizen, will only make them some type of martyr.
Is it a mind of their own or is this person just wanting to be different. Most Mayor Elect are well aware that they are going to become “First Citizen” and would sacrifice their private commitments for their twelve months of office. Many Mayoral duties are fixed, year after year. Therefore, why this particular Mayor, is causing this problem some way proves what type of person they are. First, they resign from the Labour and side with the Conservatives, just to secure the chains of office. While I can understand the sentiments of some labour members wanting to boycott this person. Because of their actions. Do they not realise to boycott this first citizen, will only make them some type of martyr. Lord Newbold
  • Score: 10

5:53pm Sat 7 Jun 14

mooms32 says...

FranklyFrank says...

This particular criticism is unfair as it assumes that the deputy mayor is going to be elected mayor no matter what the political balance on the council. Nobody knew when the date was set what the outcome of the election would be, what decision the Lib Dem & Green councillors would take regarding council control, let alone Alan Amos' decision to leave the Labour Party.


Fair comments- but can I draw attention to 'this particular criticism is unfair'.
Does that mean that Mr Lankester feels other criticism may be?
FranklyFrank says... This particular criticism is unfair as it assumes that the deputy mayor is going to be elected mayor no matter what the political balance on the council. Nobody knew when the date was set what the outcome of the election would be, what decision the Lib Dem & Green councillors would take regarding council control, let alone Alan Amos' decision to leave the Labour Party. Fair comments- but can I draw attention to 'this particular criticism is unfair'. Does that mean that Mr Lankester feels other criticism may be? mooms32
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Sat 7 Jun 14

3thinker says...

Good evening Mr Mayor.

Whilst sunning your Worshipful self you might want to stick this 'How to be a Mayor' workbook on your Kindle.

https://www.cambridg
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ambridge.gov.uk/file
s/documents/lga-join
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Please note the reference to 'going on holiday to get away from it all' is supposed to be at the end of your year in office!

Oh, but please don't bother rushing back. You have a nice time polishing your chain. Simon and Marc will get along fine without you.

Love and kisses.

The good burghers of the Fateful City
Good evening Mr Mayor. Whilst sunning your Worshipful self you might want to stick this 'How to be a Mayor' workbook on your Kindle. https://www.cambridg e.gov.uk/sites/www.c ambridge.gov.uk/file s/documents/lga-join ing-the-chain-gang.p df Please note the reference to 'going on holiday to get away from it all' is supposed to be at the end of your year in office! Oh, but please don't bother rushing back. You have a nice time polishing your chain. Simon and Marc will get along fine without you. Love and kisses. The good burghers of the Fateful City 3thinker
  • Score: 11

9:36pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Old Uncle says...

What benefits accrue to the taxpayers from this event in the first place? ( Or, at this point, non-event)
What benefits accrue to the taxpayers from this event in the first place? ( Or, at this point, non-event) Old Uncle
  • Score: 3

11:47pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Butterfly dreamer says...

He wanted the position of deputy mayor so does that mean he wouldn't have turned up for the ceremony even as deputy. Why insist on wanting the post of mayor if he knew he had a holiday booked. As said above it also means he wasn't going to turn up if he was a councillor. All proof that he is delaying it until the fuss dies down.
He wanted the position of deputy mayor so does that mean he wouldn't have turned up for the ceremony even as deputy. Why insist on wanting the post of mayor if he knew he had a holiday booked. As said above it also means he wasn't going to turn up if he was a councillor. All proof that he is delaying it until the fuss dies down. Butterfly dreamer
  • Score: 12

1:15am Sun 8 Jun 14

apching says...

What a shambles this is! I will be signing for sure... If you're interested the petition is at:
http://www.ipetition
s.com/petition/alan-
amos-must-resign
What a shambles this is! I will be signing for sure... If you're interested the petition is at: http://www.ipetition s.com/petition/alan- amos-must-resign apching
  • Score: 8

5:15am Sun 8 Jun 14

presterjohn says...

High Time wrote:
Maybe the anonymous author of the petition would like to give his/her real name so that it's clear in peoples minds that it's not a politically motivated petition.
What difference does it make who the person is who puts up the petition? Who cares who he votes for? Who cares who you are for that matter? I can answer all of those questions for you. No one of any consequence cares! The fact of the matter is that people want Amos out and are signing the petition and writing to the Worcester News to express the disgust they feel towards Amos. Frankly it is a red herring to even suggest it is politically motivated. I personally would be just as disgusted in him if he had done the reverse and put Labour into power if the situation was reversed and I am sure most people would agree with me on that one.
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: Maybe the anonymous author of the petition would like to give his/her real name so that it's clear in peoples minds that it's not a politically motivated petition.[/p][/quote]What difference does it make who the person is who puts up the petition? Who cares who he votes for? Who cares who you are for that matter? I can answer all of those questions for you. No one of any consequence cares! The fact of the matter is that people want Amos out and are signing the petition and writing to the Worcester News to express the disgust they feel towards Amos. Frankly it is a red herring to even suggest it is politically motivated. I personally would be just as disgusted in him if he had done the reverse and put Labour into power if the situation was reversed and I am sure most people would agree with me on that one. presterjohn
  • Score: 14

7:16am Sun 8 Jun 14

diglisman says...

well done Amos enjoy your holiday - Now we will see the crazy parking charges reversed and hopefully the tourist trade returning, childrens playgrounds safe from closure etc etc
well done Amos enjoy your holiday - Now we will see the crazy parking charges reversed and hopefully the tourist trade returning, childrens playgrounds safe from closure etc etc diglisman
  • Score: -14

10:47am Sun 8 Jun 14

roary01 says...

Party alliance doesn't come into it if he worked for a private company that had to put work first he would have no job to come back to it's about time they did the job first and have their jollies after
Party alliance doesn't come into it if he worked for a private company that had to put work first he would have no job to come back to it's about time they did the job first and have their jollies after roary01
  • Score: 10

11:27am Sun 8 Jun 14

nicki1967 says...

What an absolute disgrace this man is. He throws his toys out of the pram because he didn't get to be deputy mayor so leaves his party then somehow gets to be mayor?!!! I'm sure the people of Warndon didn't vote for him but for a Labour party councillor. It could have, probably, been anyone. The electorate in that ward should be given the opportunity to vote again. I'd wager they wouldn't be voting for Alan Amos. The picture of him in the article shows him with a very smug look on his face. I'm not surprised he's feeling smug. He's acted like a spoilt child to get what he wants and then shows utter contempt for the people he is meant to represent by buggering off on his jollies when he should be attending a very important event. He needs to stand down and pay all costs involved in his farce.
What an absolute disgrace this man is. He throws his toys out of the pram because he didn't get to be deputy mayor so leaves his party then somehow gets to be mayor?!!! I'm sure the people of Warndon didn't vote for him but for a Labour party councillor. It could have, probably, been anyone. The electorate in that ward should be given the opportunity to vote again. I'd wager they wouldn't be voting for Alan Amos. The picture of him in the article shows him with a very smug look on his face. I'm not surprised he's feeling smug. He's acted like a spoilt child to get what he wants and then shows utter contempt for the people he is meant to represent by buggering off on his jollies when he should be attending a very important event. He needs to stand down and pay all costs involved in his farce. nicki1967
  • Score: 11

11:59am Sun 8 Jun 14

Burgerandapint says...

This guy is a embarrassment to our beautiful city, he must go and quickly!
This guy is a embarrassment to our beautiful city, he must go and quickly! Burgerandapint
  • Score: 13

12:03pm Sun 8 Jun 14

pinkfluff says...

High Time wrote:
Worcester woman 1964 wrote:
voledog wrote:
I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.
Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains
I think you have lost the argument when you drop to this level of comments. I find it odd that when he was a Labour Councillor and deputy Labour Leader at County Hall people would not have of dreamed of mud slinging but now even his old mate and colleague Richard Udall has joined the pack baying for blood.
I thought it was funny and took it as a joke...not an argument.
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Worcester woman 1964[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.[/p][/quote]Love it ;-). And this time he can take his chains[/p][/quote]I think you have lost the argument when you drop to this level of comments. I find it odd that when he was a Labour Councillor and deputy Labour Leader at County Hall people would not have of dreamed of mud slinging but now even his old mate and colleague Richard Udall has joined the pack baying for blood.[/p][/quote]I thought it was funny and took it as a joke...not an argument. pinkfluff
  • Score: 13

3:00pm Sun 8 Jun 14

marthajones says...

A great shame and travesty , this man has not an ounce of decency, he has brought this office into disrepute and doesn't even care. The power crazed Conservatives , desperate to get into power, have fallen for the deviousness of Bayliss who is the real culprit here , asking about City political balances at County hall days before the meeting ? "Honest gov there was no plan it just miraculously happened?" . I feel sorry for the rest of the Tory group some of them are really good people, but they have inadvertently brought this shameful saga upon them selves by letting a disgruntled Labourite with a personal grudge control everything?. His role is key in all this and now the Tories have seen his true colours. How could the association allow this to happen? As for Allen , he has truly been dumped on the scrap heap, do the decent thing and resign.
A great shame and travesty , this man has not an ounce of decency, he has brought this office into disrepute and doesn't even care. The power crazed Conservatives , desperate to get into power, have fallen for the deviousness of Bayliss who is the real culprit here , asking about City political balances at County hall days before the meeting ? "Honest gov there was no plan it just miraculously happened?" . I feel sorry for the rest of the Tory group some of them are really good people, but they have inadvertently brought this shameful saga upon them selves by letting a disgruntled Labourite with a personal grudge control everything?. His role is key in all this and now the Tories have seen his true colours. How could the association allow this to happen? As for Allen , he has truly been dumped on the scrap heap, do the decent thing and resign. marthajones
  • Score: 20

5:36pm Sun 8 Jun 14

ray1111 says...

marthajones wrote:
A great shame and travesty , this man has not an ounce of decency, he has brought this office into disrepute and doesn't even care. The power crazed Conservatives , desperate to get into power, have fallen for the deviousness of Bayliss who is the real culprit here , asking about City political balances at County hall days before the meeting ? "Honest gov there was no plan it just miraculously happened?" . I feel sorry for the rest of the Tory group some of them are really good people, but they have inadvertently brought this shameful saga upon them selves by letting a disgruntled Labourite with a personal grudge control everything?. His role is key in all this and now the Tories have seen his true colours. How could the association allow this to happen? As for Allen , he has truly been dumped on the scrap heap, do the decent thing and resign.
I THINK LABOUR WERE THE POWER CRAZED ONES WANTING TO STAY IN POWER and RUN A MINORITY ADMINISTRATION
[quote][p][bold]marthajones[/bold] wrote: A great shame and travesty , this man has not an ounce of decency, he has brought this office into disrepute and doesn't even care. The power crazed Conservatives , desperate to get into power, have fallen for the deviousness of Bayliss who is the real culprit here , asking about City political balances at County hall days before the meeting ? "Honest gov there was no plan it just miraculously happened?" . I feel sorry for the rest of the Tory group some of them are really good people, but they have inadvertently brought this shameful saga upon them selves by letting a disgruntled Labourite with a personal grudge control everything?. His role is key in all this and now the Tories have seen his true colours. How could the association allow this to happen? As for Allen , he has truly been dumped on the scrap heap, do the decent thing and resign.[/p][/quote]I THINK LABOUR WERE THE POWER CRAZED ONES WANTING TO STAY IN POWER and RUN A MINORITY ADMINISTRATION ray1111
  • Score: -11

7:55am Mon 9 Jun 14

iamthebinman says...

Wither this chap goes on holiday or a Major ceremony will make absolutely no difference to me, my family or my City. Dont rise to the WN bickering bate.
Wither this chap goes on holiday or a Major ceremony will make absolutely no difference to me, my family or my City. Dont rise to the WN bickering bate. iamthebinman
  • Score: -4

11:13am Mon 9 Jun 14

Keith B says...

iamthebinman wrote:
Wither this chap goes on holiday or a Major ceremony will make absolutely no difference to me, my family or my City. Dont rise to the WN bickering bate.
What bickering. I think of the 40 odd contributions so far (and all the likes) there is a pretty unanimous opinion of Mr Amos - who's had his day as a Tory MP too. It is a bit unusual to travel DOWN the greasy pole - and out of politics completely in 2016.

Maybe it's just his way of saying "stuff you all - I'm going out with a bang".
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: Wither this chap goes on holiday or a Major ceremony will make absolutely no difference to me, my family or my City. Dont rise to the WN bickering bate.[/p][/quote]What bickering. I think of the 40 odd contributions so far (and all the likes) there is a pretty unanimous opinion of Mr Amos - who's had his day as a Tory MP too. It is a bit unusual to travel DOWN the greasy pole - and out of politics completely in 2016. Maybe it's just his way of saying "stuff you all - I'm going out with a bang". Keith B
  • Score: 5

2:10pm Mon 9 Jun 14

DeBrian Thronker says...

voledog wrote:
I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.
Hopefully Afghanistan or North Korea.
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: I wonder where he's off to. I hear Hamstead Heath is lovely at this time of year.[/p][/quote]Hopefully Afghanistan or North Korea. DeBrian Thronker
  • Score: 4

6:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

kizzy28 says...

I'm no expert in politics, but it strikes my that many Warndon folk would off voted for Mr Amos as the representative of the Labour party ,there for wishing to give their vote to Labour in their ward. How then is it possible for this man to win on these grounds under the banner of Labour then take those peoples votes and wishes and take them to the opposition party? surely the people who made these votes to back Labour have a right to object and withdraw their vote from this man ?
I'm no expert in politics, but it strikes my that many Warndon folk would off voted for Mr Amos as the representative of the Labour party ,there for wishing to give their vote to Labour in their ward. How then is it possible for this man to win on these grounds under the banner of Labour then take those peoples votes and wishes and take them to the opposition party? surely the people who made these votes to back Labour have a right to object and withdraw their vote from this man ? kizzy28
  • Score: 7

10:14am Wed 11 Jun 14

green49 says...

Mr Amos should Resign and take some of the Tory idiots with him that have been involved in this, its an insult to the people who voted him as Labour then he moved to Independant, he has got in through false pretences.
Mr Amos should Resign and take some of the Tory idiots with him that have been involved in this, its an insult to the people who voted him as Labour then he moved to Independant, he has got in through false pretences. green49
  • Score: 2

10:54am Thu 12 Jun 14

iamthebinman says...

Keith B wrote:
iamthebinman wrote:
Wither this chap goes on holiday or a Major ceremony will make absolutely no difference to me, my family or my City. Dont rise to the WN bickering bate.
What bickering. I think of the 40 odd contributions so far (and all the likes) there is a pretty unanimous opinion of Mr Amos - who's had his day as a Tory MP too. It is a bit unusual to travel DOWN the greasy pole - and out of politics completely in 2016.

Maybe it's just his way of saying "stuff you all - I'm going out with a bang".
40 odd contributions from a city of over 100,000. My guess is that half of Worcester don't know we have a Mayor, 95% couldn't name him and 99+% couldn't give two hoots if he turns up to some boring ceremony with his hideous fancy dress costume or not.

Maybe what the bulk of the population of this city want is a group of honest, elected representatives to get on with running the city and being judged on their end results rather than meeting after meeting, vote after vote on who is going to make those decisions.
[quote][p][bold]Keith B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: Wither this chap goes on holiday or a Major ceremony will make absolutely no difference to me, my family or my City. Dont rise to the WN bickering bate.[/p][/quote]What bickering. I think of the 40 odd contributions so far (and all the likes) there is a pretty unanimous opinion of Mr Amos - who's had his day as a Tory MP too. It is a bit unusual to travel DOWN the greasy pole - and out of politics completely in 2016. Maybe it's just his way of saying "stuff you all - I'm going out with a bang".[/p][/quote]40 odd contributions from a city of over 100,000. My guess is that half of Worcester don't know we have a Mayor, 95% couldn't name him and 99+% couldn't give two hoots if he turns up to some boring ceremony with his hideous fancy dress costume or not. Maybe what the bulk of the population of this city want is a group of honest, elected representatives to get on with running the city and being judged on their end results rather than meeting after meeting, vote after vote on who is going to make those decisions. iamthebinman
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

CHANDBRUSH says...

The man has no morals cheated the voters No Labour Libdem or Green should attend any Mayoral functions but I bet they will.
The man has no morals cheated the voters No Labour Libdem or Green should attend any Mayoral functions but I bet they will. CHANDBRUSH
  • Score: 1

9:43am Tue 17 Jun 14

3thinker says...

I see he's done it again. Buggered off on yet another holiday with yet more official functions having to be cancelled.

If he can't see why he needs to put his ill gotten role before his holidays he should resign or be sacked.
I see he's done it again. Buggered off on yet another holiday with yet more official functions having to be cancelled. If he can't see why he needs to put his ill gotten role before his holidays he should resign or be sacked. 3thinker
  • Score: 2

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