Monday, June 09, 2014

Red Dawn in Redbridge

Well, we know that Redbridge Labour won the local elections back on May 22nd but they haven’t actually done anything yet. There will have been plenty of preparation work going on in the background but they can’t actually do anything right now because technically speaking Keith Prince is still the Leader of the Council; until Jas Athwal is voted in at Full Council this coming Thursday June 12th. This is the annual ceremonial meeting where the Council leader is elected and a new mayor is voted in for the coming municipal year. The word is that Labour will honour the previous decision and elect Conservative Cllr Ashley Kissin as Mayor.

There is then another week before we get down to business at the Full Council on Thursday June 19th. This is where the new cabinet is elected (see photo right, courtesy Ilford Recorder) and the programme for the year ahead agreed. It seems highly likely that the new administration will go ahead with their commitment to scrap Area Committees and Regional Planning Committees, but we can also expect the new opposition to make a bit of a fuss. What we are not clear about is whether this decision can be made at this Full Council, or if it will need to go to Cabinet. So we are still not sure whether or not the scheduled first round of Area Committees will take place commencing in the week after. This is Local Government and there are procedures to prevent anything happening quickly.

However, we do have Jas Athwal coming to speak to us at our Coffee Morning on Tuesday 24th June where he will be able to tell us exactly what he has planned and when it is due to be delivered or put into practice. A month later, on Tuesday 22nd July we have the Leader of the opposition, Paul Canal, who will be outlining what sort of opposition we will have over the next 4 years. It is new territory for both the Labour and Conservative groups in Redbridge and we suspect they will both take a little time to bed into their new roles.

Strangely enough I quite like stormy weather.

11 comments:

  1. You may have noticed that Redbridge has one of the youngest, if not the youngest, councillor in the country - Sarah Blaber (Conservative, Roding Ward), a former pupil of Hainault High School (as it was then but probably isn't now). She is 22.

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    1. I had spotted that she was one of the new younger contingent but I didn't know how old she is and it's not polite to ask a Lady her age.

      There is also possibly the oldest (and wisest) councillor in Roy Emmett (Labour, Hainault Ward), a pupil of the B21 Fairlop Oak School of Talking Bx.

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    2. so would that make you slightly bias then mr b-side21?

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  2. Perhaps B21 in his infinite wisdom might let us know (a) how many councillors form 'the Cabinet' ? (b) how do they get to be in it ? and (c) can their decisions ever be overridden by anyone except God? (Sorry about the dodgy punctuation.)

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    1. a) As I understand it the Constitution allows up to 9 Cabinet members and the portfolios can change from year to year with different combinations and titles. Sometimes it is quite difficult to find out which topic resides in which portfolio, particularly Environment and Transport.
      b) In theory the Council Leader “appoints” the Cabinet members but this has to be ratified by a vote at Full Council. We are not privy to the internal processes of the ruling group and sometimes this can go awry as it did in 2004 when a dozen or so Tories didn’t turn up to vote in their cabinet and we had a Labour/LibDem coalition for 6 months while the Tories sorted themselves out.
      c) Again, in theory Full Council can overturn Cabinet decisions but since the Cabinet is made up of the party with an overall majority this would be unlikely unless there is a major disagreement within the ranks and members are prepared to vote against (or not turn up) their own party.

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    2. Cabinet: Unless the constitution has changed since 2006 it actually allows for a maximum number of 10, including the Leader. In practice the Con-Lib coalition decided to have only 9, as was their prerogative.

      The Lab-Lib arrangement in 2004 lasted in fact only 2 months - from May to July.

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    3. Quite right Morris, the Leader can only appoint a max of 9 Cabinet members and + The Leader him/herself makes 10.

      Was it only 2 months in 2004? It seemed longer at the time ...

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    4. 9 + 1 does indeed = 10, and has done so since time immemorial. Not even the EU has changed that.....yet! But the last council appointed only 8 plus the Leader as (so it appears) is the intention of this one.

      It was indeed 2 months. I remember it (all too!) well.

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  3. No talk of the Private Labour Party Friday 16th May, 2014 hustings in the middle of Friday Prayers at Jacques Hall, the "Community Centre" in Hainault.

    Where it is known, all three Labour Party Candidates, Emmett, Herhir and Santos, were invited by "Dr" Hameed, to address the attended congregation, on the benefits of the Labour Party...(Emmett's car was seen parked in New North Road at the time and day)

    Herhir made a moving 15 minute speech, it which he stated, and I quote "all other parties are racist except the Labour Party", after the speech, the three Labour Candidates stood at the entrance and handed out promotional material.

    A complaint was made to a well known local councillor who received a telephone call on Monday 19th May, by an attendee, who was outraged by his prayers being interrupted, and highly offended by the speech made by Herhir, there is apparently an audio recording taken of the speech….

    It is well known, that 785 local residents signed various petitions against the local working mans club being turned into a "community centre" versus 552 non local residents, who supported the application.

    The occupiers of Jacques Hall are a registered charity, number 1135397, and as such they are prevented by charity law from being biased to a political party, and not allowed to support a politician.

    Why were other political groups not invited to Jacques Hall, similar to the hustings held by B21…?

    Not a lot of press coverage on the above well known Hainault facts....

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    1. How do you know that other political groups were not invited but maybe chose not to attend?
      The B21 Hustings were minus UKIP and Greens.

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    2. dear anonymous....ever get the feeling that b-side 21 knows who you are?

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