Labour coup to take Tory council
Thursday, December 07, 2006
In a move more reminiscent of politics in Thailand than in South Wales, Labour last night seized control of Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The council was being run by a twenty-strong group of Conservative councillors when the 16 Labour members made their move, backed up by Plaid Cymru and the Independents.
The row centers upon social services provision; Labour claims the Tories were failing to implement the Welsh Assembly's free care packages.
The Conservatives reacted furiously, with Local Government spokesman David Melding, saying "Labour sees local government in Wales as theirs by right and will do everything possible to undermine and destabilise those who threaten that power."
He added: "People will not forgive them for riding roughshod over local democracy in such a cynical, opportunistic manner."
There are no tanks on lawns, but with over five months still to go until the Assembly elections, the battle lines are being drawn at every level of government in Wales. And, there's still next Wednesday's budget showdown to look forward to before Christmas.
posted by Blamerbell @ 11:16 am,
- At 6:33 pm, rebelBodhi said...
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- At 12:24 am, chris doidge said...
Don't know about you Ciaran but I'm getting fed up with what is essentially blog spam. I had a remarkably similar post on one of my entries the other day.
I particularly like the idea of "If you link to mine I will link to yours" when he's clearly already got what he came for.
- At 8:25 am, Blamerbell said...
Pah! I'm not as cynical as some.
Assembly spam is better than Japanese porn spam.