Waveney District Council's "Ashes" Democracy
|Colin Law, new Tory Leader |
of Waveney District Council
As I reported earlier the 5th May elections and the (with retrospect) unfortunate decision to have an even number - 48 - of council seats left an awkward situation in Waveney with the Conservatives and Labour tied on 23 seats each with 2 other seats, one Green and one "independent".
The Green decided to support Labour and the Independent turned out to be what is sometimes known locally as a "Condependant" ie really a Conservative but stands under an independent label.
|Peter Collecott new|
What then followed was casting vote central with the Vice-Chairman, Leader and Deputy Leader all elected on Colecott's casting vote and all going to Conservatives.
So Suffolk County Council Cabinet member Colin Law is now leader of the Council effectively because the Conservatives previously ran the council on the "Ashes" principal. However this was an election not a cricket match and the popular vote tells a different story with Labour and the Greens getting 38252 votes Tory and Independent 31375 votes. Colin Law claimed during the meeting that his party "still had a clear mandate from the electorate and he would focus on what was best for the people of Waveney" but it seems unclear where that mandate comes from.