Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Labour group and Council AGM

I spent last night Chairing a Labour group meeting(the chair was absent) that went on for 2 1/2 hours, with the Council agm on Wendesday, I can tell you it was an exhausting experience. On Wednesday it is likely to be even more so as we have to elect a new Mayor, the Labour group nomination is Geraldine Stanford who has been a Labour councillor for sixteen years for Figges Marsh and been cabinet member for finance and then education, she has also been Labour group secretary for many years and does a a very good job in what is a difficult role.

The Merton Park residents who hold the balance of power are supporting Geraldine's nomination which leaves the Council at 30-30, with the existing mayor Judy Saunders having the casting vote, ie a second vote if is tied which is the likely outcome. If everyone turns up and votes for Geraldine, the Tories will not have the casting vote on the Council(de facto control), should be a very entertaining night and fingers cross that we win. We should win but it will be very nerve wracking night.

I also found out that I will be Chairing the Way We Work Panel for the next year, the panel covers Merton Council finances and corporate services. This will be a challenge, but it will no doubt provide many opportunities to exaimine what the new Conservative minority administration are up to and the scruitny aspect of the Council is extremely important in the decesion making process.


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