Council alliance begins to crack

Council alliance begins to crack

Martin Terry

Julian Ware-Lane

First published in Echo News by

CRACKS have appeared in Southend Council’s fragile joint administration less then two weeks after it was formed.

Labour and the Independents formed a joint administration with the Lib Dems to oust the Tories, but senior members of the two groups have fallen out just 11 days after sweeping to power.

The Independent group’s spokesman, Martin Terry, has told Julian Ware-Lane to decide if he is “inside or outside the tent” after the Labour councillor accused Mr Terry, who is responsible for public protection, waste and transport, of being “drunk with power”.

Mr Terry said: “Julian is part of the joint administration, but he is still on the learning curve as to whether he wants to be inside or outside the tent.

“Maybe he wants to go and sit with the Conservatives if he likes to complain so much.

“I’m confused because there are three Labour members of the cabinet, the same number as Independent members, and we have included some issues cherished by the Labour group in the joint administration.

“I don’t understand what Julian is doing. He is causing a lot of upset and a lot of people are raising their eyebrows at his approach.”

In an incendiary letter to the Echo, Mr Ware-Lane accused the Independents’ “overheated spin machine” of announcing policies, such as a review of the controversial Shoebury Common seawall, before they had been agreed.

The Milton councillor said: “I can understand the excitement of taking over after 14 years, but I’m concerned we are making decisions on the fly without consulting the council chamber.

“The joint administration agreement was made by three groups and the form of words talks of ‘reviews’ and not to prejudge those reviews.

“We might conclude that the seawall should be scrapped, but I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep an open mind.”

Mr Ware-Lane also criticised the joint administration for announcing new leader Ron Woodley and the cabinet, which includes Labour leader Ian Gilbert as one of two deputy leaders, before the full council voted for the change.

Mr Terry said: “It seems like Julian hasn’t realised the election is over and we need to knuckle down and deliver what the town wants.”

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5:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Ware-Lanes have always been numpties.
Ware-Lanes have always been numpties. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 8

5:11pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Southend Andy says...

surprise surprise, I knew that wouldn't take long. wait for the first one to quit
surprise surprise, I knew that wouldn't take long. wait for the first one to quit Southend Andy
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

lucy10 says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
Ware-Lanes have always been numpties.
2nd that
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Ware-Lanes have always been numpties.[/p][/quote]2nd that lucy10
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Alfiee says...

Lol Labour throwing toys out of his cot. Surely not. He was not voted in but wants to be king that's about right. 2015 cannot come quick enough. The Votes will speak for themselves.
Lol Labour throwing toys out of his cot. Surely not. He was not voted in but wants to be king that's about right. 2015 cannot come quick enough. The Votes will speak for themselves. Alfiee
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

Hmmm. A couple of points.

Firstly, Cllr Ware Lane isn't a portfolio holder, and he hasn't actually criticised or disagreed with any of the administration's policies. He has, rather, pointed out that the decision making body is (or should be) the full council. There was far too little of this when the Tories were in power -- decisions were made by a small number, and backbenchers just nodded along without any indication of thought or opinion.

Secondly, Cllr Terry seems to have an awfully thin skin for a politician. Surely, as someone who campaigned strongly against the flawed democracy practised by the Conservatives, he should welcome scrutiny and other points of view. Instead, he seems to have trounced over to the Echo to have a whinge.

Mystifying behaviour.
Hmmm. A couple of points. Firstly, Cllr Ware Lane isn't a portfolio holder, and he hasn't actually criticised or disagreed with any of the administration's policies. He has, rather, pointed out that the decision making body is (or should be) the full council. There was far too little of this when the Tories were in power -- decisions were made by a small number, and backbenchers just nodded along without any indication of thought or opinion. Secondly, Cllr Terry seems to have an awfully thin skin for a politician. Surely, as someone who campaigned strongly against the flawed democracy practised by the Conservatives, he should welcome scrutiny and other points of view. Instead, he seems to have trounced over to the Echo to have a whinge. Mystifying behaviour. Matthew S. Dent
  • Score: 12

5:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Democrat says...

Southend's coalition council at each others throats after two weeks.

I am shocked and surprised. I thought it would last just a week. This is what happens when those with a parish council mentality get their hands on power in a unitary authority. They are not up to the job. Time for a professional elected Mayor I fear.
Southend's coalition council at each others throats after two weeks. I am shocked and surprised. I thought it would last just a week. This is what happens when those with a parish council mentality get their hands on power in a unitary authority. They are not up to the job. Time for a professional elected Mayor I fear. Democrat
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

Southend Andy wrote:
surprise surprise, I knew that wouldn't take long. wait for the first one to quit
You must have a different Echo to me. I cannot see in this story where it states someone has quit.
I am a Labour man and find it rather refreshing to find some good old fashioned debate back in our Councils. The right wing robbers in Basildon trample all over the local working people (And take their land) without any opposition. When you look at the Central Government and how it is now a virtual dictatorship, despite the fact we are supposed to have an opposition, it is somewhat reminiscent of pre-1920, when the Lib-Con Confederacy could send us all off to war without us having a single voice in opposition. Rejoice that, at last, there is some genuine debate beginning to show!
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: surprise surprise, I knew that wouldn't take long. wait for the first one to quit[/p][/quote]You must have a different Echo to me. I cannot see in this story where it states someone has quit. I am a Labour man and find it rather refreshing to find some good old fashioned debate back in our Councils. The right wing robbers in Basildon trample all over the local working people (And take their land) without any opposition. When you look at the Central Government and how it is now a virtual dictatorship, despite the fact we are supposed to have an opposition, it is somewhat reminiscent of pre-1920, when the Lib-Con Confederacy could send us all off to war without us having a single voice in opposition. Rejoice that, at last, there is some genuine debate beginning to show! Devils Advocate
  • Score: -3

7:14pm Wed 18 Jun 14

jolllyboy says...

Councillors beware - we will vote for all UKIP if you continue to throw your toys out of the pram ! grow up and learn to live together like the rest of us have to.
Councillors beware - we will vote for all UKIP if you continue to throw your toys out of the pram ! grow up and learn to live together like the rest of us have to. jolllyboy
  • Score: 1

7:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Might we ask, then, what was the basis of the coalition agreement? A proper written schedule or the last few blokes still standing in the bar who have now sobered up and smelled the coffee?
Might we ask, then, what was the basis of the coalition agreement? A proper written schedule or the last few blokes still standing in the bar who have now sobered up and smelled the coffee? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 1

9:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

boo beckett says...

Sounds like some of them need to grow up.
Sounds like some of them need to grow up. boo beckett
  • Score: 2

6:47am Thu 19 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Councillors beware - we will vote for all UKIP if you continue to throw your toys out of the pram ! grow up and learn to live together like the rest of us have to.
Speak for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Councillors beware - we will vote for all UKIP if you continue to throw your toys out of the pram ! grow up and learn to live together like the rest of us have to.[/p][/quote]Speak for yourself. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 0

7:41am Thu 19 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Nothing new here, same thing happened with the Russians after WW2, became the Cold War, trouble is their petty squabbles mean the whole community suffers
Nothing new here, same thing happened with the Russians after WW2, became the Cold War, trouble is their petty squabbles mean the whole community suffers CarnMountification
  • Score: -1

11:45am Thu 19 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Councillors beware - we will vote for all UKIP if you continue to throw your toys out of the pram ! grow up and learn to live together like the rest of us have to.
The latest UKIP Fiasco the Thurrock UKIP leader got done for Drink Driving, Scum
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Councillors beware - we will vote for all UKIP if you continue to throw your toys out of the pram ! grow up and learn to live together like the rest of us have to.[/p][/quote]The latest UKIP Fiasco the Thurrock UKIP leader got done for Drink Driving, Scum CarnMountification
  • Score: 2

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