Basildon Council to be run by minority rule

No coalition – Kerry Smith, Ukip

No coalition – Kerry Smith, Ukip

First published in News by , Senior reporter

THE Conservatives look set to continue running Basildon as a minority administration, despite suffering heavy losses in the local election.

Ukip scooped 11 seats in Thursday’s election to wipe out the Tory majority and take the council into no overall control.

The win has seen national attention focus on the party in the borough, but it seems it will not take part in running it.

There are now 17 Tories at the Basildon Centre, five councillors short of being able to win votes on their own.

The group lost its leader Tony Ball as well as cabinet members John Dornan and Malcolm Buckley to candidates from the Eurosceptic party.

Ukip and Labour will also be electing new group leaders early this week, meaning negotiations would not be able to start until Tuesday night at the earliest.

But some councillors have set out their stalls ahead of the talks.

Kerry Smith, who won Nethermayne for Ukip on Thursday, said: “There is not going to be a coalition between Ukip and the Conservatives. If we wanted to do that, we would have stood as Conservatives.

“Personally speaking, I think it should be a Tory minority administration. If they’ve got anything sensible we will support it, if they’ve got anything silly, we will vote against it.”

Nigel Smith, who is standing down as leader of the tenstrong Labour group tomorrow, said: “I don’t think the Labour group will go into any deals with anyone.

“It may be a matter of things being decided on an issue-by-issue basis and all councillors deciding.

“It might slow down decision making, but it may be a good thing because it may make the council more responsive to residents.”

Veteran Tory Kevin Blake, councillor responsible for leisure and arts, said: “I’d rule nothing in or out, butmy personal view is I don’t want to join forces with anyone, I’m just a Conservative.

“You can see we’re getting punished for being in coalition in central Government and having wishy-washy policies.”

The Conservatives and Labour are both electing new leaders tomorrow night, with Ukip’s new man in charge set to be announced later today.

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3:33pm Tue 27 May 14

billybloggs says...

probably because they have not got a glue what to do poor Basildon is going to suffer for this protest vote
probably because they have not got a glue what to do poor Basildon is going to suffer for this protest vote billybloggs
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4:16pm Tue 27 May 14

saveDeanesschool says...

Deputy council leader Linda Allport Hodge will no doubt have Basildon schools in her best interests. She knows her stuff and was (and still is as we're still in the middle of adjudicator and ombudsman correspondence regarding ECC's, King John and Appleton head's lies), a dedicated believer of fairness and justice concerning The Deanes School.
Deputy council leader Linda Allport Hodge will no doubt have Basildon schools in her best interests. She knows her stuff and was (and still is as we're still in the middle of adjudicator and ombudsman correspondence regarding ECC's, King John and Appleton head's lies), a dedicated believer of fairness and justice concerning The Deanes School. saveDeanesschool
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Tue 27 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

billybloggs wrote:
probably because they have not got a glue what to do poor Basildon is going to suffer for this protest vote
And suffer they will, though hopefully not on the fashion front, looking at that pic of Kerry Smith, what an odd ball
[quote][p][bold]billybloggs[/bold] wrote: probably because they have not got a glue what to do poor Basildon is going to suffer for this protest vote[/p][/quote]And suffer they will, though hopefully not on the fashion front, looking at that pic of Kerry Smith, what an odd ball Nowthatsworthknowing
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4:44pm Tue 27 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
billybloggs wrote:
probably because they have not got a glue what to do poor Basildon is going to suffer for this protest vote
And suffer they will, though hopefully not on the fashion front, looking at that pic of Kerry Smith, what an odd ball
He looks like he's a good trougher.

Maybe he can sit between Blakey and Rackley a Beltstraining time at the Bas Centre forge a few alliances over second helpings of everything
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billybloggs[/bold] wrote: probably because they have not got a glue what to do poor Basildon is going to suffer for this protest vote[/p][/quote]And suffer they will, though hopefully not on the fashion front, looking at that pic of Kerry Smith, what an odd ball[/p][/quote]He looks like he's a good trougher. Maybe he can sit between Blakey and Rackley a Beltstraining time at the Bas Centre forge a few alliances over second helpings of everything Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

4:55pm Tue 27 May 14

billybloggs says...

Linda Allport Hodge thats why her kids go to Deannes
Linda Allport Hodge thats why her kids go to Deannes billybloggs
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Tue 27 May 14

John Right says...

A little black moustache and 8 stone lighter, we are getting there
A little black moustache and 8 stone lighter, we are getting there John Right
  • Score: -8

5:34pm Tue 27 May 14

profondo asbo says...

John Right wrote:
A little black moustache and 8 stone lighter, we are getting there
ukip are right wing, libertarian whereas hitler was socialist, authoritarian so in fact the diametric opposite. idiot.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: A little black moustache and 8 stone lighter, we are getting there[/p][/quote]ukip are right wing, libertarian whereas hitler was socialist, authoritarian so in fact the diametric opposite. idiot. profondo asbo
  • Score: 6

5:46pm Tue 27 May 14

John Right says...

profondo asbo wrote:
John Right wrote:
A little black moustache and 8 stone lighter, we are getting there
ukip are right wing, libertarian whereas hitler was socialist, authoritarian so in fact the diametric opposite. idiot.
And from the BBC, UKIP's latest....
A UKIP councillor has been suspended by his party over claims he made racist and homophobic comments on Facebook.

Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch Borough Council's Church Hill ward on Friday, now faces a disciplinary hearing.

It is alleged Mr Small called African migrants "scroungers" and Clare Balding and Sir Elton John "perverts" because of their sexualities.

The Facebook page has now been taken down and Mr Small has not commented.

Speaking on the BBC's Sunday Politics show, UKIP MEP James Carver said he had brought the issue up with the party.

He said there would be a "fair and thorough" investigation.

UKIP said the suspension had been made with immediate effect, but made no other comment, other than to confirm Mr Small was now facing a disciplinary hearing.

Redditch Borough Council said that as the alleged comments were believed to have been made before he became a councillor, it was not seen as a matter for the authority.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: A little black moustache and 8 stone lighter, we are getting there[/p][/quote]ukip are right wing, libertarian whereas hitler was socialist, authoritarian so in fact the diametric opposite. idiot.[/p][/quote]And from the BBC, UKIP's latest.... A UKIP councillor has been suspended by his party over claims he made racist and homophobic comments on Facebook. Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch Borough Council's Church Hill ward on Friday, now faces a disciplinary hearing. It is alleged Mr Small called African migrants "scroungers" and Clare Balding and Sir Elton John "perverts" because of their sexualities. The Facebook page has now been taken down and Mr Small has not commented. Speaking on the BBC's Sunday Politics show, UKIP MEP James Carver said he had brought the issue up with the party. He said there would be a "fair and thorough" investigation. UKIP said the suspension had been made with immediate effect, but made no other comment, other than to confirm Mr Small was now facing a disciplinary hearing. Redditch Borough Council said that as the alleged comments were believed to have been made before he became a councillor, it was not seen as a matter for the authority. John Right
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5:49pm Tue 27 May 14

profondo asbo says...

and...your comparison is still false. idiot.
and...your comparison is still false. idiot. profondo asbo
  • Score: 3

11:42pm Tue 27 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Linda Allport-hodge, that's a name from the past. Used to be a proper council employee
Linda Allport-hodge, that's a name from the past. Used to be a proper council employee BasildonDond
  • Score: 1

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