Well that escalated quickly…
York now has a council with no permanent leader, four councillors under investigation, and a coalition administration with the slimmest of majorities.
It was soon after YorkMix revealed how City of York Council leader David Carr had sacked his education lead, Stuart Rawlings, that things began to fall apart.
Cllr Carr lost a vote of no confidence among his colleagues and was ousted as Conservative Group leader.
Former Lord Mayor Ian Gillies took over in that role – and he was expecting to become council leader at the budget meeting on Thursday night (February 22).
But somehow it didn’t work out like that. So where are we now?
The main points
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He was nominated for the job but lost the vote. So Lib Dem Andrew Waller – previously deputy leader –steps in as interim leader for the time being.
“Trust and loyalty – virtues which seem old fashioned these days, but which we both hold in high esteem – do not seem to be treated with the same respect by all members of the group,” Cllr Carr said.
But then, the three executive members abruptly sacked from the coalition executive by Cllr Carr probably wonder what’s happened to trust and loyalty too.
The coalition has a total 24 seats (12 each). The opposition parties – Labour (15), Green and Independent (4 each) – have a combined total of 23 seats.
“Following tonight’s meeting Councillor Andrew Waller is the acting leader of the council and we will be working with the Conservative Group to agree the best way forward.”
They want a new vote on the leadership shortly, possibly on March 8.
Conservative group leader Ian Gillies says, “Despite last night’s disruption the joint administration remains unbroken and both groups are seizing this opportunity to re-boot our arrangements for the last 15 months of this council.”
There are complaints outstanding against these councillors:
- Keith Aspden (Lib Dem – sacked by David Carr)
- Nigel Ayre (Lib Dem – sacked by David Carr)
- Stuart Rawlings (Cons – sacked by David Carr)
- David Carr (Cons – resigned)
“The chaos that ensued last night was the reflection of a lack of maturity on the part of the two coalition partners and is something which needs to change very quickly.”
“A lack of leadership of the city has been a key theme of this administration which has led to particularly poor performance across a number of areas, including poor health and wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable residents, falling wages and economic stagnation.”
“The Tory-Lib Dem Coalition needs to finally show some leadership, demonstrate some maturity, see its term through and be accountable for what it has done and what it has chosen not to do.”
“The two parties therefore need to get on and govern.”