Council power still hanging in balance

THE FUTURE of Castle Point Council is still undecided almost a week after the election.

The Conservatives still hold the most seats on the council, but not enough to run it as a majority.

A three-party coalition, between Conservatives, Ukip and the Canvey Independent Party, has been mooted as a way forward for the council.

But a decision is still no closer, as the Tories will not choose their new leader, after Pam Challis lost her seat, until tonight.

Colin Riley, secretary for Castle Point Conservatives, said: “Although each candidate up for election was told of their nomination yesterday, other members will not find out who is standing until they get to the confidential meeting – according to Conservative Party rules.”

He added once the leader and deputy have been chosen, they would meet with the chief executive of Castle Point Council tomorrow morning, to see if they can form a cabinet.

If they cannot do it alone, they will then have to open negotiations with other parties.

Alan Bayley, newly-elected leader for Ukip in Castle Point and Appleton ward councillor, said he was open to a coalition with all three parties, but he had not yet heard anything from the Tories.

He said: “At the moment we are doing nothing.

“It’s a waiting game. The Tories have to come to us as they are still the majority party, despite them not winning enough seats to run the council alone.

“There is a bit of a power struggle with the Conservatives at the moment, so they have got to get their act together first.

“Until we hear from them then we can’t make any decisions.”

Whatever the outcome, Mr Bayley said if Ukip was involved in a coalition they would be looking to limit any building on the green belt, including Canvey.

Dave Blackwell, leader of the Canvey Independent Party, previously said the council being run by a coalition made up of his party alongside the Conservatives and Ukip would be the best for the community.

On Thursday night, 20 Conservatives, 16 Canvey Independent Party members, and five Ukip councillors were elected.

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11:12am Thu 29 May 14

black jack ketchum says...

If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?
If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area? black jack ketchum
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12:45pm Thu 29 May 14

pembury53 says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?
so what's changed ?
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?[/p][/quote]so what's changed ? pembury53
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12:45pm Thu 29 May 14

Ian P says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?
Where does it say they are having trouble deciding on the new leader? They are simply following the election process stipulated by their constitution.
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?[/p][/quote]Where does it say they are having trouble deciding on the new leader? They are simply following the election process stipulated by their constitution. Ian P
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1:26pm Thu 29 May 14

sesibollox says...

Love all this squabbling....
Love all this squabbling.... sesibollox
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Thu 29 May 14

My Britain says...

Get ukip in there😊😊
Get ukip in there😊😊 My Britain
  • Score: 4

7:22pm Thu 29 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

Ian P wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote:
If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?
Where does it say they are having trouble deciding on the new leader? They are simply following the election process stipulated by their constitution.
Quite right. As are Basildon. Some of the political "pundits" on here have never stood for election in their lives, not been involved in the democratic process. I suspect a significant number of them don't bother voting either.

Oh and if you know what you're talking about on here - and express it intelligently, they "thumbs down" you.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?[/p][/quote]Where does it say they are having trouble deciding on the new leader? They are simply following the election process stipulated by their constitution.[/p][/quote]Quite right. As are Basildon. Some of the political "pundits" on here have never stood for election in their lives, not been involved in the democratic process. I suspect a significant number of them don't bother voting either. Oh and if you know what you're talking about on here - and express it intelligently, they "thumbs down" you. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

7:22pm Thu 29 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

My Britain wrote:
Get ukip in there😊😊
Er, UKIP already are in there... that's the whole point of the story.

Somebody pass me a chisel.
[quote][p][bold]My Britain[/bold] wrote: Get ukip in there😊😊[/p][/quote]Er, UKIP already are in there... that's the whole point of the story. Somebody pass me a chisel. Kim Gandy
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8:17pm Thu 29 May 14

alarminstaller says...

Rather odd situation.

Canvey Independent Party Councillors
United Kingdom Independent Councillors

Surely the fact they are all independent must mean they are all basically
Independent together they out vote the Conservative Party ?

The Conservative Party got a good kicking locally so perhaps common sense will prevail.

Have we not had enough of all main stream Politicians ?

Let's get the ball rolling and kick off the show or should I say Pantomime.

Let's start all over again look for young new blood to all the mainstream party failures, former leaders and general losers, you have had your day in court the public found you guilty and threw you out, go and start Bridge clubs .
Rather odd situation. Canvey Independent Party Councillors United Kingdom Independent Councillors Surely the fact they are all independent must mean they are all basically Independent together they out vote the Conservative Party ? The Conservative Party got a good kicking locally so perhaps common sense will prevail. Have we not had enough of all main stream Politicians ? Let's get the ball rolling and kick off the show or should I say Pantomime. Let's start all over again look for young new blood to all the mainstream party failures, former leaders and general losers, you have had your day in court the public found you guilty and threw you out, go and start Bridge clubs . alarminstaller
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8:23am Fri 30 May 14

upset says...

Have I been blocked from commenting here?
Have I been blocked from commenting here? upset
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8:29am Fri 30 May 14

upset says...

You've been great in opposition DB now it's your chance to show what you can do by leading the council with your new found buddies!!!
You did a deal with Ukip prior to the election, thats why they did not put any candidates on Canvey, why now don't you kick your long term enemies into touch, or is the chance to stand up and be counted putting fear into you?
Your whole political career you have been saying how bad the Tories have been, now you want to have a coalition with them, in my view that's worse than the Lib Dem's and the Tories and CIIP supports will think hard about voting for you again if you do team up with the Tories. More over if you don't stand with Ukip alone, you can bet Ukip will be gunning for the CIIP seats at the first opportunity. Rock and a Hard place come to mind.
You've been great in opposition DB now it's your chance to show what you can do by leading the council with your new found buddies!!! You did a deal with Ukip prior to the election, thats why they did not put any candidates on Canvey, why now don't you kick your long term enemies into touch, or is the chance to stand up and be counted putting fear into you? Your whole political career you have been saying how bad the Tories have been, now you want to have a coalition with them, in my view that's worse than the Lib Dem's and the Tories and CIIP supports will think hard about voting for you again if you do team up with the Tories. More over if you don't stand with Ukip alone, you can bet Ukip will be gunning for the CIIP seats at the first opportunity. Rock and a Hard place come to mind. upset
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1:44pm Fri 30 May 14

My Britain says...

Good old ukip will sort things out😊
Good old ukip will sort things out😊 My Britain
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5:24pm Fri 30 May 14

upset says...

Congratulation to Colin Riley & Bill Sharp.
Congratulation to Colin Riley & Bill Sharp. upset
  • Score: -1

9:06pm Fri 30 May 14

ThisYear says...

upset wrote:
Have I been blocked from commenting here?
Yes. All your comments that appear are just your imagination..
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: Have I been blocked from commenting here?[/p][/quote]Yes. All your comments that appear are just your imagination.. ThisYear
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9:08pm Fri 30 May 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
My Britain wrote:
Get ukip in there😊😊
Er, UKIP already are in there... that's the whole point of the story.

Somebody pass me a chisel.
Please dont ask for a rope, or there will be a shortage of rope in the whole of Essex the day after your request.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]My Britain[/bold] wrote: Get ukip in there😊😊[/p][/quote]Er, UKIP already are in there... that's the whole point of the story. Somebody pass me a chisel.[/p][/quote]Please dont ask for a rope, or there will be a shortage of rope in the whole of Essex the day after your request. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

9:15pm Fri 30 May 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Ian P wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote:
If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?
Where does it say they are having trouble deciding on the new leader? They are simply following the election process stipulated by their constitution.
Quite right. As are Basildon. Some of the political "pundits" on here have never stood for election in their lives, not been involved in the democratic process. I suspect a significant number of them don't bother voting either.

Oh and if you know what you're talking about on here - and express it intelligently, they "thumbs down" you.
"Some of the political "pundits" on here have never stood for election in their lives"

Have you?

Who for?

How did you get on?

What is a ' non political' councillor?

Were you one of them?

Is it someone who turns up for every council meeting and sits in the public gallery finally hobnobbing with councillors after the meeting?

A sort of 'Key or freedom of the public gallery' ?

You refuse to explain what it is you claim to have been...WHY?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: If they are having this much trouble decided who will lead them how can they be trusted to do what is right for the area?[/p][/quote]Where does it say they are having trouble deciding on the new leader? They are simply following the election process stipulated by their constitution.[/p][/quote]Quite right. As are Basildon. Some of the political "pundits" on here have never stood for election in their lives, not been involved in the democratic process. I suspect a significant number of them don't bother voting either. Oh and if you know what you're talking about on here - and express it intelligently, they "thumbs down" you.[/p][/quote]"Some of the political "pundits" on here have never stood for election in their lives" Have you? Who for? How did you get on? What is a ' non political' councillor? Were you one of them? Is it someone who turns up for every council meeting and sits in the public gallery finally hobnobbing with councillors after the meeting? A sort of 'Key or freedom of the public gallery' ? You refuse to explain what it is you claim to have been...WHY? ThisYear
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