Mayor of Worcester in fresh controversy over missing key events

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Alan Amos

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Alan Amos

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards Exclusive by , Political Reporter

THE Mayor of Worcester is today facing fresh criticism - with the number of events he has missed hitting double figures already.

Councillor Alan Amos has come under fire for being notoriously absent at the opening of the Three Choirs Festival, a massive event which is among the most important of the year.

Every year it is tradition for the event, which switches between Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester annually, to be opened in grand style in a bash attended by all three mayors.

During this year's massive opening, which took place at Worcester Cathedral, the only mayor absent was Cllr Amos, who sent his deputy Councillor Roger Knight.

Your Worcester News has been through his mayoral diary and it means Cllr Amos has missed 10 events so far where his deputy has filled in.

It includes an Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire festival, the unveiling of the Archbishop William Temple Bust statue at the University of Worcester, Worcester District Scout Council's AGM, the opening of a garden at Gorse Hill Primary School and a 30th anniversary celebration of St Richard's Hospice.

Guildhall tours with exchange students from the USA and two separate visits from German pupils also saw his deputy fill in, as well as the fourth birthday party of a charity called New Hope.

Although the exact reasons for missing them are unclear, Cllr Amos was on holiday at the start of June, which accounted for at least six of them, while he was said to be at a family event on Southwold on Saturday, July 26 when The Three Choirs Festival opening took place.

Councillor Paul Denham, who was last year's deputy mayor, said: "Normally the mayor is the one who gets invited to things and the deputy only steps in if there's a clash, that's the way it worked when I did it.

"I didn't do many last year, it was more like one or two a month.

"The Three Choirs Festival is an absolutely massive event, it only ever comes to Worcester every three years and that's precisely why the mayor is asked to attend.

"It is disappointing."

Worcester's Labour parliamentary candidate Councillor Joy Squires has gone on Twitter to criticise his absence, calling it an "historic" event before saying: "Mayor is on holiday again."

Cllr Amos told your Worcester News despite missing the opening he did attend three separate Three Choirs Festival events during the week, including the closing function.

He would not confirm why was away from the opening, but said: "As the mayoral diary shows, I attended three Three Choirs events at the Cathedral last week."

Cllr Amos, a Warndon councillor, became the mayor in June after quitting the Labour Party to become an independent.

He then voted in a Conservative administration 48 hours later, kicking his old party out of power, and was elected mayor by the new administration.

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1:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Can we sack him? The man is making a laughing stock of Worcester. Pity we got rid of the stocks! Although I could make a working ducking stool
Can we sack him? The man is making a laughing stock of Worcester. Pity we got rid of the stocks! Although I could make a working ducking stool imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 30

2:10pm Mon 11 Aug 14

skychip says...

Surely he can be replaced. He is abusing the citizens of Worcester.
Surely he can be replaced. He is abusing the citizens of Worcester. skychip
  • Score: 26

2:42pm Mon 11 Aug 14

3thinker says...

I'm sure the majority would far rather have Roger Knight turn up. A much nicer chap who really deserved to be mayor. Its a real pity that Geraghty and Bayliss stooped so low as to do the dirty deal with someone who is so undeserving of the mayor's office.
I'm sure the majority would far rather have Roger Knight turn up. A much nicer chap who really deserved to be mayor. Its a real pity that Geraghty and Bayliss stooped so low as to do the dirty deal with someone who is so undeserving of the mayor's office. 3thinker
  • Score: 29

3:08pm Mon 11 Aug 14

dave cus says...

do him a budget cut!
do him a budget cut! dave cus
  • Score: 14

4:56pm Mon 11 Aug 14

kidderlord says...

Right from the outset let me make it clear I do not support the Tory administration or the way they grabbed power. However I think people are being unduly critical of the Mayor. Whatever the circumstances of his selection, the point is it was sudden and had not been planned. He has a private life, and just like you and I have family commitments which were in his diary long before being made Mayor and as long as the authority is being represented by his deputy or whoever he SHOULD NOT be condemned for carrying out his personal events if they clash, such as his charity work overseas. Give the man a chance - if in six months he is still skipping large numbers of events fine, but at the moment chill people.
Right from the outset let me make it clear I do not support the Tory administration or the way they grabbed power. However I think people are being unduly critical of the Mayor. Whatever the circumstances of his selection, the point is it was sudden and had not been planned. He has a private life, and just like you and I have family commitments which were in his diary long before being made Mayor and as long as the authority is being represented by his deputy or whoever he SHOULD NOT be condemned for carrying out his personal events if they clash, such as his charity work overseas. Give the man a chance - if in six months he is still skipping large numbers of events fine, but at the moment chill people. kidderlord
  • Score: -14

9:40pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

This seems a bit of a nasty and petty article. If he had stayed in the Labour Party, would the same people be criticising him? Or would he acquire new critics who are currently silent?
Presumably his holiday in June was booked before he became mayor in May. And family events (we don't know if it was a wedding or special birthday) are usually booked well ahead. Or it may have been a family funeral - if so would it have been fair to expect him to miss it? These are the sort of reasons why a mayor has a deputy.
This seems a bit of a nasty and petty article. If he had stayed in the Labour Party, would the same people be criticising him? Or would he acquire new critics who are currently silent? Presumably his holiday in June was booked before he became mayor in May. And family events (we don't know if it was a wedding or special birthday) are usually booked well ahead. Or it may have been a family funeral - if so would it have been fair to expect him to miss it? These are the sort of reasons why a mayor has a deputy. Brownface60
  • Score: -6

10:23pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Small Town says...

I don't think it takes a genius to guess where 'family man' Mr Amos was, or indeed who he was with - all will become clear no-doubt in due course I expect.

I agree, June is indeed holiday season (just about!).
I don't think it takes a genius to guess where 'family man' Mr Amos was, or indeed who he was with - all will become clear no-doubt in due course I expect. I agree, June is indeed holiday season (just about!). Small Town
  • Score: 6

10:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

3thinker says...

Brownface60 wrote:
This seems a bit of a nasty and petty article. If he had stayed in the Labour Party, would the same people be criticising him? Or would he acquire new critics who are currently silent?
Presumably his holiday in June was booked before he became mayor in May. And family events (we don't know if it was a wedding or special birthday) are usually booked well ahead. Or it may have been a family funeral - if so would it have been fair to expect him to miss it? These are the sort of reasons why a mayor has a deputy.
I can assure you that what he did, how he did it and those that colluded in the whole shabby affair goes well beyond criticism from any party political affiliations. There are lots of Conservatives locally who feel extremely concerned about how those who should have stronger political and certainly moral principals colluded with Amos to make a mockery of local democracy and the office of mayor.
[quote][p][bold]Brownface60[/bold] wrote: This seems a bit of a nasty and petty article. If he had stayed in the Labour Party, would the same people be criticising him? Or would he acquire new critics who are currently silent? Presumably his holiday in June was booked before he became mayor in May. And family events (we don't know if it was a wedding or special birthday) are usually booked well ahead. Or it may have been a family funeral - if so would it have been fair to expect him to miss it? These are the sort of reasons why a mayor has a deputy.[/p][/quote]I can assure you that what he did, how he did it and those that colluded in the whole shabby affair goes well beyond criticism from any party political affiliations. There are lots of Conservatives locally who feel extremely concerned about how those who should have stronger political and certainly moral principals colluded with Amos to make a mockery of local democracy and the office of mayor. 3thinker
  • Score: 5

11:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Yep the man is not worthy of the position as mayor. And there is no defense what soever for him missing his duties. if it clashes then he should try to do the honourable thing and resign.
And although I feel that Roger Knight has been a hard worker for this City , he would have been involved in the dirty backdoor dealing along with Geraghty, Bayliss and the CONservative Possee,
But then that's politics folks.
Yep the man is not worthy of the position as mayor. And there is no defense what soever for him missing his duties. if it clashes then he should try to do the honourable thing and resign. And although I feel that Roger Knight has been a hard worker for this City , he would have been involved in the dirty backdoor dealing along with Geraghty, Bayliss and the CONservative Possee, But then that's politics folks. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

3:27am Tue 12 Aug 14

presterjohn says...

Frankly I would be glad if he failed to turn up to any event that I was planning on attending. He is doing the Citizens of Worcester a great favour by staying as far away from us all as possible. Not turning up to events maybe his only saving grace for his year in office.
Frankly I would be glad if he failed to turn up to any event that I was planning on attending. He is doing the Citizens of Worcester a great favour by staying as far away from us all as possible. Not turning up to events maybe his only saving grace for his year in office. presterjohn
  • Score: 11

8:07am Tue 12 Aug 14

jb says...

kidderlord wrote:
Right from the outset let me make it clear I do not support the Tory administration or the way they grabbed power. However I think people are being unduly critical of the Mayor. Whatever the circumstances of his selection, the point is it was sudden and had not been planned. He has a private life, and just like you and I have family commitments which were in his diary long before being made Mayor and as long as the authority is being represented by his deputy or whoever he SHOULD NOT be condemned for carrying out his personal events if they clash, such as his charity work overseas. Give the man a chance - if in six months he is still skipping large numbers of events fine, but at the moment chill people.
Mr Amos fully understood the role he was taking on, he would have known about the events the mayor would be expected to attend. He not only appears to be abusing HIS new role but that of the deputy mayor who has stepped up to the mark admirably apparently.
[quote][p][bold]kidderlord[/bold] wrote: Right from the outset let me make it clear I do not support the Tory administration or the way they grabbed power. However I think people are being unduly critical of the Mayor. Whatever the circumstances of his selection, the point is it was sudden and had not been planned. He has a private life, and just like you and I have family commitments which were in his diary long before being made Mayor and as long as the authority is being represented by his deputy or whoever he SHOULD NOT be condemned for carrying out his personal events if they clash, such as his charity work overseas. Give the man a chance - if in six months he is still skipping large numbers of events fine, but at the moment chill people.[/p][/quote]Mr Amos fully understood the role he was taking on, he would have known about the events the mayor would be expected to attend. He not only appears to be abusing HIS new role but that of the deputy mayor who has stepped up to the mark admirably apparently. jb
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Well said jb.
Well said jb. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

1:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

shaney27 says...

simple, Get rid... if you going to be Mayor then you don't plan personal events as you have committed to be Mayor of a Good City ,, in my eyes get rid
simple, Get rid... if you going to be Mayor then you don't plan personal events as you have committed to be Mayor of a Good City ,, in my eyes get rid shaney27
  • Score: 7

6:47pm Tue 12 Aug 14

solar1 says...

It seems to me that Mr Amos wants all the kudos of being "Mayor" without any annoying appointments which might curtail his social life.

From what has been written in WN, it seems clear that he wanted to be Mayor under either political party, in which case he would be well aware of the duties he would be expected to carry out on our behalf.

If that is the case, then he could at least stop appearing contemptuous of the City of Worcester and carry out all his duties.

On the other hand, I'm sure Roger Knight, as Deputy Mayor, will carry out HIS duties with great aplomb, which will only serve to show Mr Amos up as an apparently self-obsessed, narcissistic politician.
It seems to me that Mr Amos wants all the kudos of being "Mayor" without any annoying appointments which might curtail his social life. From what has been written in WN, it seems clear that he wanted to be Mayor under either political party, in which case he would be well aware of the duties he would be expected to carry out on our behalf. If that is the case, then he could at least stop appearing contemptuous of the City of Worcester and carry out all his duties. On the other hand, I'm sure Roger Knight, as Deputy Mayor, will carry out HIS duties with great aplomb, which will only serve to show Mr Amos up as an apparently self-obsessed, narcissistic politician. solar1
  • Score: 7

9:14am Wed 13 Aug 14

3thinker says...

"Confused" man wearing only a tablecloth found in cupboard in Malvern restaurant.

So that's where he's been.
"Confused" man wearing only a tablecloth found in cupboard in Malvern restaurant. So that's where he's been. 3thinker
  • Score: 12

12:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Keith B says...

skychip wrote:
Surely he can be replaced. He is abusing the citizens of Worcester.
He can be replaced .... by the Councillors who voted him in. The Tory's are keeping him in so that his casting vote goes their way every time
[quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: Surely he can be replaced. He is abusing the citizens of Worcester.[/p][/quote]He can be replaced .... by the Councillors who voted him in. The Tory's are keeping him in so that his casting vote goes their way every time Keith B
  • Score: 3

1:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

3thinker says...

Keith B wrote:
skychip wrote:
Surely he can be replaced. He is abusing the citizens of Worcester.
He can be replaced .... by the Councillors who voted him in. The Tory's are keeping him in so that his casting vote goes their way every time
But it was the Conservatives who said it was a good move, because he was Independent.

If they do remove him if he doesn't 'vote the right way' it will just demonstrate how unprincipled they are.
[quote][p][bold]Keith B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: Surely he can be replaced. He is abusing the citizens of Worcester.[/p][/quote]He can be replaced .... by the Councillors who voted him in. The Tory's are keeping him in so that his casting vote goes their way every time[/p][/quote]But it was the Conservatives who said it was a good move, because he was Independent. If they do remove him if he doesn't 'vote the right way' it will just demonstrate how unprincipled they are. 3thinker
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Sun 17 Aug 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
Can we sack him? The man is making a laughing stock of Worcester. Pity we got rid of the stocks! Although I could make a working ducking stool
I spotted him today - do I get a prize?
[quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: Can we sack him? The man is making a laughing stock of Worcester. Pity we got rid of the stocks! Although I could make a working ducking stool[/p][/quote]I spotted him today - do I get a prize? imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

What were you doing on Hampstead Heath naughty,
What were you doing on Hampstead Heath naughty, Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Sun 17 Aug 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

He was admiring a rather large marrow!
He was admiring a rather large marrow! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

kidderlord says...

Not only is that remark offensive but it borders on libel jabbadad. And he who throws stones!!!!!
Not only is that remark offensive but it borders on libel jabbadad. And he who throws stones!!!!! kidderlord
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Well I obviously live in a different greenhouse to you Kidderlord, so please elaborate where my question to imustbeoldiwearacap, is offensive.
Well I obviously live in a different greenhouse to you Kidderlord, so please elaborate where my question to imustbeoldiwearacap, is offensive. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

imustbeoldiwearacap wrote:
Can we sack him? The man is making a laughing stock of Worcester. Pity we got rid of the stocks! Although I could make a working ducking stool
We live in a democracy so of course you can't sack him.

You must put up with the decisions of the political parties put in power to rule over you (and should be happy about it).
[quote][p][bold]imustbeoldiwearacap[/bold] wrote: Can we sack him? The man is making a laughing stock of Worcester. Pity we got rid of the stocks! Although I could make a working ducking stool[/p][/quote]We live in a democracy so of course you can't sack him. You must put up with the decisions of the political parties put in power to rule over you (and should be happy about it). Hwicce
  • Score: -1

1:43pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

Hwice, how could anyone other than Amos Buddies, be happy about the political laughing stock that Alan Amos has brought on this City? What he has demonstrated has no resemblance to political responsibility at all.
What this episode does demonstrate is that the positon / appointment of Mayor needs looking at and a far better system of credible appointment and stewardship should be agreed on, by the politicians, so that a situation which also had questionable political behavoural exposed, should be re-written. and should enshrine words such as Duty, Honour, Respect, and Civic pride.
I am suret that those who hand is shown in this debacle will never apologise so any further amoral influence should be eliminated before another mayor is elected, and we can save some credibility from the political ashes of this present term.
Hwice, how could anyone other than Amos Buddies, be happy about the political laughing stock that Alan Amos has brought on this City? What he has demonstrated has no resemblance to political responsibility at all. What this episode does demonstrate is that the positon / appointment of Mayor needs looking at and a far better system of credible appointment and stewardship should be agreed on, by the politicians, so that a situation which also had questionable political behavoural exposed, should be re-written. and should enshrine words such as Duty, Honour, Respect, and Civic pride. I am suret that those who hand is shown in this debacle will never apologise so any further amoral influence should be eliminated before another mayor is elected, and we can save some credibility from the political ashes of this present term. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

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