Snubbed: call for Mayor of Worcester to resign as controversy dogs council

Councillor Alan Amos, the Mayor of Worcester

Councillor Alan Amos, the Mayor of Worcester

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

CALLS have been made for the controversial new Mayor of Worcester to RESIGN - with a former city leader saying he has failed the public and should hand back the chains.

Worcester Labour Party has taken the unprecedented step of publicly asking Councillor Alan Amos to quit, insisting he is causing too much controversy as mayor and has failed the council's own code of "corporate governance".

Amid farcical scenes, 13 of the 14 Labour city politicians also refused take part in the traditional welcome to the mayor at Wednesday night's full council meeting, instead opting to wait outside the room rather than salute his entrance.

The snub was followed by fierce questioning by Labour group leader Councillor Adrian Gregson, who asked the Tory leadership to agree with him that Cllr Amos had "breached" the city's own code and said the room should "insist on his resignation".

The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief".

Cllr Gregson told the room the council's own corporate governance code sets out expectations of "high standards" and "ethical principles".

He then said: "Would Cllr Geraghty not agree with the countless letters to the local paper and the comments of the full range of the political and social community in the city and county, that the behaviour of the mayor has breached this code?

"Would he join with me in seeking a meeting with the mayor to insist on his resignation, or would he support a reference to the standards committee?"

Cllr Geraghty said he "has full confidence in the standards committee" but "would absolutely not" support the request.

"This is nothing other than political mischief making," he said.

The dispute took place in front of a busy public gallery of observers.

It was Cllr Amos' first full council meeting he ran from start to finish, and when he entered the room the Labour benches were empty apart from Cllr Simon Cronin, a deliberate pre-planned snub.

It follows his decision to quit Labour last month to become an independent, a move which led to him voting with the Conservatives 48 hours later to allow them to wrestle back control of the council.

Cllr Amos was voted in as the new mayor on the same night, and since taking the chains he has already postponed the annual civic service and missed several engagements due to pre-planned holidays.

He also courted controversy on Wednesday night by teaming up with the 17-strong Conservatives to reject a motion to review the decision to scrap Worcester's park and ride services, meaning it was thrown out by 18 votes to 17.

Ironically, only last month Cllr Amos was Labour's transport spokesman at County Hall, and he also chaired a special buses forum aimed at improving public transport.

When he sided against the motion Labour's Roger Berry called him "disgraceful" and during another altercation two others swore at him.

Some Labour councillors also turned up clutching copies of satirical magazine Private Eye, which last week described him as their 'Rat of the Week'.

Cllr Amos has never revealed the exact reasons why he left Labour, only to say he did not feel "part of the leadership for some time".

He did attempt to become Labour's nomination for deputy mayor though, just days before quitting the party, and stormed out of a meeting when his request was voted down by former colleagues.

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9:21am Fri 4 Jul 14

Pomygranit says...

The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief".

Geraghty is the root cause of this problem by his own political mischief.

He and Amos are both a disgrace to the council, the city and the electorate we deserve better.
The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief". Geraghty is the root cause of this problem by his own political mischief. He and Amos are both a disgrace to the council, the city and the electorate we deserve better. Pomygranit
  • Score: 68

9:56am Fri 4 Jul 14

mooms32 says...

I cannot believe Mr Amos has the effrontery to continue as Mayor.
As an ordinary, & proud to be born & bred in, Worcester citizen, I call on you Mr Amos to do the right thing & resign. This is a tainted Mayorship, and one not to be proud of.
I cannot believe Mr Amos has the effrontery to continue as Mayor. As an ordinary, & proud to be born & bred in, Worcester citizen, I call on you Mr Amos to do the right thing & resign. This is a tainted Mayorship, and one not to be proud of. mooms32
  • Score: 56

10:10am Fri 4 Jul 14

CJH says...

It is not 'political mischief making'. I don't care what party he represents - it's completely irrelevant to me - but he should NOT represent this City! Anyone with any sense of honour would have resigned by now. He's putting himself before the people he claims to represent. It's all about him. Arrogant, smug, patronising, self-serving.
It is not 'political mischief making'. I don't care what party he represents - it's completely irrelevant to me - but he should NOT represent this City! Anyone with any sense of honour would have resigned by now. He's putting himself before the people he claims to represent. It's all about him. Arrogant, smug, patronising, self-serving. CJH
  • Score: 67

10:17am Fri 4 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

why bother? November the fifth is not too far away . robes , chains guy.
why bother? November the fifth is not too far away . robes , chains guy. liketoknow
  • Score: 33

10:23am Fri 4 Jul 14

Westhamoldguy says...

He should not be asked to resign, he should be sacked, and something I think more important, is that his name should be removed from any list, banner, placard or any wall mountings. we the good, honest and caring people of Worcester should not have his name engraved for the rest of time as a Mayor of Worcester!
He should not be asked to resign, he should be sacked, and something I think more important, is that his name should be removed from any list, banner, placard or any wall mountings. we the good, honest and caring people of Worcester should not have his name engraved for the rest of time as a Mayor of Worcester! Westhamoldguy
  • Score: 58

10:27am Fri 4 Jul 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

CJH wrote:
It is not 'political mischief making'. I don't care what party he represents - it's completely irrelevant to me - but he should NOT represent this City! Anyone with any sense of honour would have resigned by now. He's putting himself before the people he claims to represent. It's all about him. Arrogant, smug, patronising, self-serving.
"He's putting himself before the people he claims to represent. "

I don't see how he can claim to represent anybody! Nobody voted for him. they voted for a labour councillor, and within hours he wasn't one!
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: It is not 'political mischief making'. I don't care what party he represents - it's completely irrelevant to me - but he should NOT represent this City! Anyone with any sense of honour would have resigned by now. He's putting himself before the people he claims to represent. It's all about him. Arrogant, smug, patronising, self-serving.[/p][/quote]"He's putting himself before the people he claims to represent. " I don't see how he can claim to represent anybody! Nobody voted for him. they voted for a labour councillor, and within hours he wasn't one! I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: 47

10:42am Fri 4 Jul 14

Hawlev says...

The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief".

Really, I think most people are wondering why this man suddenly quit Labour and then voted with the Conservatives, if that's not 'political mischief' I don't know what is. I don't see how he can even claim to represent the people. Many people voted for a Labour Councillor and within a day that had disappeared, this is very much like all the Liberal Democrat voters who were let down when the Coalition was formed.

The man is not someone I would trust and the fact that he puts his wants over the needs of the city just makes it worse. If I was privileged enough to gain this position then I would not be cancelling civic events because I already had a holiday booked.
The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief". Really, I think most people are wondering why this man suddenly quit Labour and then voted with the Conservatives, if that's not 'political mischief' I don't know what is. I don't see how he can even claim to represent the people. Many people voted for a Labour Councillor and within a day that had disappeared, this is very much like all the Liberal Democrat voters who were let down when the Coalition was formed. The man is not someone I would trust and the fact that he puts his wants over the needs of the city just makes it worse. If I was privileged enough to gain this position then I would not be cancelling civic events because I already had a holiday booked. Hawlev
  • Score: 42

10:56am Fri 4 Jul 14

_stu_ says...

Hawlev wrote:
The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief".

Really, I think most people are wondering why this man suddenly quit Labour and then voted with the Conservatives, if that's not 'political mischief' I don't know what is. I don't see how he can even claim to represent the people. Many people voted for a Labour Councillor and within a day that had disappeared, this is very much like all the Liberal Democrat voters who were let down when the Coalition was formed.

The man is not someone I would trust and the fact that he puts his wants over the needs of the city just makes it worse. If I was privileged enough to gain this position then I would not be cancelling civic events because I already had a holiday booked.
And look how it worked out for the Liberal Democrats!! The man is a fool - he will not get voted in again.
[quote][p][bold]Hawlev[/bold] wrote: The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief". Really, I think most people are wondering why this man suddenly quit Labour and then voted with the Conservatives, if that's not 'political mischief' I don't know what is. I don't see how he can even claim to represent the people. Many people voted for a Labour Councillor and within a day that had disappeared, this is very much like all the Liberal Democrat voters who were let down when the Coalition was formed. The man is not someone I would trust and the fact that he puts his wants over the needs of the city just makes it worse. If I was privileged enough to gain this position then I would not be cancelling civic events because I already had a holiday booked.[/p][/quote]And look how it worked out for the Liberal Democrats!! The man is a fool - he will not get voted in again. _stu_
  • Score: 29

12:25pm Fri 4 Jul 14

roary01 says...

The man has no shame and should be sacked and ashamed of his behavior
The man has no shame and should be sacked and ashamed of his behavior roary01
  • Score: 30

1:14pm Fri 4 Jul 14

YailBloor50 says...

Private Eye has covered this story under the headline 'Rat of the week'. Did you know that in 1992, Amos was cautioned for gross indecency for performing a 'sexual act' on another bloke on Hampstead Heath? Edwina Currie described him in her diaries as "an unpleasant little twerp who simply wants to be an MP for any party that will have him, and hang any sincerely held views." I have no love for Edwina, but she seems to have got Amos nailed.
Private Eye has covered this story under the headline 'Rat of the week'. Did you know that in 1992, Amos was cautioned for gross indecency for performing a 'sexual act' on another bloke on Hampstead Heath? Edwina Currie described him in her diaries as "an unpleasant little twerp who simply wants to be an MP for any party that will have him, and hang any sincerely held views." I have no love for Edwina, but she seems to have got Amos nailed. YailBloor50
  • Score: 39

1:20pm Fri 4 Jul 14

YailBloor50 says...

I should have read to the end of the article!
I should have read to the end of the article! YailBloor50
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Fri 4 Jul 14

The Villan says...

The only way forward to put an end to this farce and to ensure a democratic process has been followed and integrity is upheld is to ask the electorate.
Therefore, a public not councillor vote should be held to determine who should be Mayor.
The current incumbent's role is untenable as far as the public is concerned, and no matter what party you vote for, this issue has brought disgrace to the office of the Mayor of Worcester.
The only way forward to put an end to this farce and to ensure a democratic process has been followed and integrity is upheld is to ask the electorate. Therefore, a public not councillor vote should be held to determine who should be Mayor. The current incumbent's role is untenable as far as the public is concerned, and no matter what party you vote for, this issue has brought disgrace to the office of the Mayor of Worcester. The Villan
  • Score: 25

1:49pm Fri 4 Jul 14

presterjohn says...

Simon Geraghty has made a serious miscalculation on this one. Rather like many in local politics he is very inward looking and lives in a political bubble where everyone is into the game of politics regardless of what party they support.

He seems to think that all of us who have written to the WN or signed the petition are local agitators or lefties connected to the Labour party. That could not be further from the truth.

Most of us are pretty average in our political lives. We may know the names of the main players in national and local politics and we usually vote but that is about it. Some of us do write into these letters pages for one thing or another but it could be on any subject that strikes a chord with us. The fact is that we are not up to "mischief" We are not happy with Amos and quite frankly we are now not happy with you Simon Geraghty. Amos has to go.
Simon Geraghty has made a serious miscalculation on this one. Rather like many in local politics he is very inward looking and lives in a political bubble where everyone is into the game of politics regardless of what party they support. He seems to think that all of us who have written to the WN or signed the petition are local agitators or lefties connected to the Labour party. That could not be further from the truth. Most of us are pretty average in our political lives. We may know the names of the main players in national and local politics and we usually vote but that is about it. Some of us do write into these letters pages for one thing or another but it could be on any subject that strikes a chord with us. The fact is that we are not up to "mischief" We are not happy with Amos and quite frankly we are now not happy with you Simon Geraghty. Amos has to go. presterjohn
  • Score: 34

3:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

thesquirrel says...

Wow, Amos has quite a chequered history!

http://www.theguardi
an.com/theguardian/2
000/feb/04/features1
1.g27

WN should do a piece on him and his life.
Wow, Amos has quite a chequered history! http://www.theguardi an.com/theguardian/2 000/feb/04/features1 1.g27 WN should do a piece on him and his life. thesquirrel
  • Score: 25

4:57pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Worcester Lad says...

I am sure that when our much loved mayor is up for re-election he will be offered a "safe seat" by his chum Mr G. Both these two should go as they don't seem to listen to the majority of the Worcester Electorate and are slowly ruining our lovely City
I am sure that when our much loved mayor is up for re-election he will be offered a "safe seat" by his chum Mr G. Both these two should go as they don't seem to listen to the majority of the Worcester Electorate and are slowly ruining our lovely City Worcester Lad
  • Score: 19

6:04pm Fri 4 Jul 14

green49 says...

The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief".

WHAT planet is this guy on???? he is just a public menace along with his back ground buddy,

These idiots are supposed to represent the City what a joke they are playing politics,? GET THEM OUT.
The public row was rejected by Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, who said it was "nothing other than political mischief". WHAT planet is this guy on???? he is just a public menace along with his back ground buddy, These idiots are supposed to represent the City what a joke they are playing politics,? GET THEM OUT. green49
  • Score: 27

7:05pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Shropshirelad says...

Amongst all this WN and Labourite inspired "mischief", the deceitful, underhand and treacherous antics of the City Labour party seems to have been disregarded, not by accidental omission but by deliberate design. All we hear and read about is Mr. Amos. Yes the whole palaver was unsavoury but look back to last year when the Labourites conducted a policy to get in to power which was just as nasty. Now, WN and the Labourite stirrers can we just have a few words on what the Labourites were going to do with the Tory Councillor who switched to Labour just before the election, were they going to make him the Deputy Mayor. Please, less of the double dyed hypocracy and more honest principle but sorry, that is what Labour so sadly lacks. I vote for UKIP and have no time for Labour or Tory.
Amongst all this WN and Labourite inspired "mischief", the deceitful, underhand and treacherous antics of the City Labour party seems to have been disregarded, not by accidental omission but by deliberate design. All we hear and read about is Mr. Amos. Yes the whole palaver was unsavoury but look back to last year when the Labourites conducted a policy to get in to power which was just as nasty. Now, WN and the Labourite stirrers can we just have a few words on what the Labourites were going to do with the Tory Councillor who switched to Labour just before the election, were they going to make him the Deputy Mayor. Please, less of the double dyed hypocracy and more honest principle but sorry, that is what Labour so sadly lacks. I vote for UKIP and have no time for Labour or Tory. Shropshirelad
  • Score: -26

8:50pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Worcester Lad says...

Shropshirelad wrote:
Amongst all this WN and Labourite inspired "mischief", the deceitful, underhand and treacherous antics of the City Labour party seems to have been disregarded, not by accidental omission but by deliberate design. All we hear and read about is Mr. Amos. Yes the whole palaver was unsavoury but look back to last year when the Labourites conducted a policy to get in to power which was just as nasty. Now, WN and the Labourite stirrers can we just have a few words on what the Labourites were going to do with the Tory Councillor who switched to Labour just before the election, were they going to make him the Deputy Mayor. Please, less of the double dyed hypocracy and more honest principle but sorry, that is what Labour so sadly lacks. I vote for UKIP and have no time for Labour or Tory.
Just a little different to last year as the change happened BEFORE the Elections had taken place, so the constituents could still vote for the party of their choosing.And as you well know Clr Amos was elected as a labour candidate and switched AFTER the voting had taken place. So the Tories, to get back into power offered him the Mayorship as a thank you gift.I am certainly not a labourite ,I only want the best for Worcester and the current Mayor and Councillor Simon Geraghty are certainly not that.
[quote][p][bold]Shropshirelad[/bold] wrote: Amongst all this WN and Labourite inspired "mischief", the deceitful, underhand and treacherous antics of the City Labour party seems to have been disregarded, not by accidental omission but by deliberate design. All we hear and read about is Mr. Amos. Yes the whole palaver was unsavoury but look back to last year when the Labourites conducted a policy to get in to power which was just as nasty. Now, WN and the Labourite stirrers can we just have a few words on what the Labourites were going to do with the Tory Councillor who switched to Labour just before the election, were they going to make him the Deputy Mayor. Please, less of the double dyed hypocracy and more honest principle but sorry, that is what Labour so sadly lacks. I vote for UKIP and have no time for Labour or Tory.[/p][/quote]Just a little different to last year as the change happened BEFORE the Elections had taken place, so the constituents could still vote for the party of their choosing.And as you well know Clr Amos was elected as a labour candidate and switched AFTER the voting had taken place. So the Tories, to get back into power offered him the Mayorship as a thank you gift.I am certainly not a labourite ,I only want the best for Worcester and the current Mayor and Councillor Simon Geraghty are certainly not that. Worcester Lad
  • Score: 17

7:46am Sat 5 Jul 14

Dr Martin says...

YailBloor50 wrote:
I should have read to the end of the article!
Would've been a good idea
[quote][p][bold]YailBloor50[/bold] wrote: I should have read to the end of the article![/p][/quote]Would've been a good idea Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

12:42am Tue 8 Jul 14

IzzyY4 says...

This bloke should go, it's a disgrace what he did.
This bloke should go, it's a disgrace what he did. IzzyY4
  • Score: 5

9:04am Tue 8 Jul 14

themooman says...

god i hate that photo of him
god i hate that photo of him themooman
  • Score: 5

8:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[] says...

Worse than kids. That's all i can think ??
Worse than kids. That's all i can think ?? ,weekp3i47545ruioip[4orp[orp[]23r[]23pr[]ep3oerp[]
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Froggybelle says...

Councillor Amos made it to RAT OF THE WEEK in private eyes. I am disgusted by politics. He should never has become mayor in the first place!

Amos was cautioned for gross indecency after performing "a sexual act" on another chap on Hamstead heath in 1992. He then first turn his coat on the Tories and joined the labour party, first in Tower Hamlets and since 2008 in Worcester. So it's not his first time turning his coat.

Edwina Currie's Diaries, she refers to Amos as "an unpleasant little twerp who simply wants to be an MP for any party which will have him, and hang any sincerely held view"!!!!
Councillor Amos made it to RAT OF THE WEEK in private eyes. I am disgusted by politics. He should never has become mayor in the first place! Amos was cautioned for gross indecency after performing "a sexual act" on another chap on Hamstead heath in 1992. He then first turn his coat on the Tories and joined the labour party, first in Tower Hamlets and since 2008 in Worcester. So it's not his first time turning his coat. Edwina Currie's Diaries, she refers to Amos as "an unpleasant little twerp who simply wants to be an MP for any party which will have him, and hang any sincerely held view"!!!! Froggybelle
  • Score: 1

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