Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ConDem Council

REDBRIDGE COUNCIL







The Ilford Recorder report that Redbridge Council is to mirror the national situation with the Liberal Democrats forming a coalition with the Conservatives.

This is not entirely unexpected. The last year has seen a minority Conservative administration with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Liberal Democrats and it has, to be honest, worked well. They have been much more open than previously and prepared to engage with residents and listen. Of course what they can actually do is limited but there has been a sense of partnership about it.

Keith Prince is to remain leader with Ian Bond as Deputy leader and the number of cabinet posts is reduced from 10 to 9. There will be seven Tories and 2 LibDems. My money is on Richard Hoskins as the second LibDem.

Scrutiny committees are reduced from 8 to 5, including a new overview committee that will be responsible for examining policy and decisions across all of the council's services. I’m not sure about this. Scrutiny committees do a lot of good work behind the scenes. But I suppose we do have a Labour Opposition who will be up for it, I guess, given their rather good performance at the local elections with some interesting new youngsters in their starting line up. (less one, possibly, maybe, not sure what’s going on).

This will all be ratified at the Full Council meeting next week, 27th May 2010, but the Agenda and Papers should be published on this link tomorrow 20th to comply with the 5 working day rule on notice.

20 comments:

  1. The division of cabinet portfolios between the two parties has yet to be seen. That, and the decision to reduce from ten portfolios to nine, has been eased somewhat for the Conservatives by the voters who sent two cabinet members to pastures new. But Keith Prince will still need to "chop" one of his number even if he does not make any other changes of personnel. I know which one I would drop......

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  2. An excess EEC liquid together with the destroyer of the Titanic?

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  3. Who cares what Morris Hickey thinks.

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  4. Another gutless contributor hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.

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  5. Morris Hickey calls someone a gutless contributor,however,he doesn't finish his sentence,by not stating who he would drop from the cabinet.Pot and Kettle spring to mind!

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  6. There are some blogs that do not allow anonymous comments at all. We allow them here because we believe in free speech and respect those who for whatever reason wish to remain unknown. There was another one yesterday to which Morris has replied constructively. Morris is an ex-councillor and Cabinet member with many years of experience and his contributions and advice were valued on the Red-i forum when we were allowed to use it, and are valued here.

    Morris does not like anonymous contributors who use anonymity to make remarks that he considers to be “political” or personal. He provides his name and stands by what he writes. That he did not finish his sentence is moot because we all know who he is referring to.

    Frankly, while you are welcome to comment here, Anon, so far you are only making yourself look silly.

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  7. Thankyou for the support B21. You summarise accurately my views.

    I have my own suspicions about certain people, any of whom may be this particular "contributor", and if I am correct then none of them would surprise me.

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  8. Well, the agenda for next week has been posted on the link above but no sign of what the cabinet portfolios will be and who will occupy each position.
    Are we to assume that as part of the new arrangements brought in last year that the Leader now appoints and the decision does not have to be agreed by Full Council?

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  9. Yes, that's right - all appointments are in the gift of the Leader under the new arrangements starting this year. This is qualified to some extent by the partnership agreement as far as the LibDem nominees are concerned. Cllr Prince is making the appointments as we speak.

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  10. Yet again, as observed elsewhere, Ian's full identity is so obvious he might just as well include his surname. It could be seen perhaps as a bonding exercise......

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  11. Obvious or not, it is the ID he has chosen and should be respected.

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  12. It will be interesting to see what the make-up of the scrutiny committees will be. There was an understanding within the previous administration that Opposition members would chair committees and it will be interesting to see if this continues.

    Membership of Parliamentary Committees usually reflects the balance between the parties but with Chairmanship often shared around if a member has a particular expertise and the respect of the other committee members.

    It would seem to me to be unrepresentative of the interests of Redbridge voters if LibDem Councillors were to be given a disproportionate say in the make-up of committees. This is not to disrespect any one party or another but rather a lot of Redbridge citizens did actually vote Labour.

    That's Democracy, folks!

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  13. Yes, Jwal1 that is set to continue. The Partnership Ageement item 4.

    "We will invite the Labour Group to lead the scrutiny process including an enhanced role in policy development through the creation of an Overview Committee."

    Membership of committees is based on proportion of seats held.

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  14. Richard Cooper1:29 pm, May 23, 2010

    Whatever the solution - I live in hope that those involved with the administration of Redbridge Matters (The Council) do just that! perhaps they can complete the sorting out of paid-for, but uncompleted contracts from the past 4 years or so - I refer to the numerous lamp standards and other electrical items of Street Apparatus that are cut off (at various heights) and bound with yellow tape, that remain to litter just about every ward of the Borough these past few years.

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  15. Cllr Prince is making the appointments as we speak. wrote Ian at 21 May, 2010 18:51.

    He's taking his time, or is there a blockage in the Communication Department?

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  16. Well as far as I am aware they are all made, but clearly it's not for me to do the communication. Perhaps he wants to announce it at Council on Thursday?

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  17. Some news is beginning to leak out. If it's true then there's at least one grossly inept appointment.

    The sooner it's announced the better and then the speculation can end.

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  18. Morris it has now been announced officially and I am pretty sure which cabinet member you wish to see given the reality tv treatment and voted off

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