Neither party has a clear mandate to run Thanet, nor do the independents have any real mandate as we have three independent councillors now the same number we had before the election.
I suspect that I am going to make some mistakes in this next bit, so any corrections or explanations in the comments please.
There is the new Localism Bill coming soon, probably about a years time, but I don’t think that this will make much difference to the new strong leader business.
Determining the size of the Cabinet;
Appointing the members of the Cabinet;
Allocating portfolios or areas of responsibility to the various Cabinet Members;
Allocating decision-making powers to the Cabinet and to individual Cabinet Members; and removing and replacing Cabinet Members.
When the council decided against the unanimous results of the public consultation to have a leader chosen by the other councillors and not a leader elected by the local voters, they made a definite decision between two leaders who were already in place.
The Labour councillors decided they would have Bob Bayford for leader if they lost and the Conservative councillors decided they would have Clive Hart for leader if they lost. Perhaps this was a case of better the devil you know.
Hopefully, the three wise men.
This leads to the interesting thought that one or both of the two main parties may put up a different leader as candidate, one that would either be more acceptable to the other main party, or indeed the three wise men.
Looking at the national trend I wouldn’t say that the local Conservatives did that well and certainly they don’t seem to have any seats in the two main Thanet towns. When it comes to Ramsgate and Margate Labour do indeed seem to have a strong mandate.
In a general sense I think that both parties prospective leaders were chosen with that party having a strong mandate to govern in mind, a problem here is that the leadership job is really a full time one with low pay and really needs someone in their prime to do it. By this I mean someone who would already have a full time and reasonably well paid job, it isn’t really a job for someone in retirement.
With a strong mandate this can be overcome by having a figurehead leader supported by a group of councillors who are in their primes. Strong organisational and communication skills being required, in short a team effort. There is sense where this may not work so well where the leader hasn’t a strong mandate and may have to give out positions of responsibility to stay in power.
I should point out here that there is one way to remove a new strong leader and this is by a full council vote.
My recent experience of writing to the leader asking why the maritime museum hasn’t opened and getting no reply or even an acknowledgment of receipt, suggests that all is not quite well in terms normal organisations skills and keeping ones finger on the pulse.
It is in fact more suggestive of a muddled operation where council officers are expanding their own domains within Parkinson’s law, rather than a leadership ensuring timely and appropriate benefits to the area.
I intend to ramble on about this one today as thoughts occur to me, the results are in the post below and on the council’s website although the comprehensive breakdown of who got how many votes hasn’t appeared there yet.
The detailed results are now published at http://tdc-mg-dmz.thanet.gov.uk/mgElectionElectionAreaResults.aspx?EID=49&RPID=1265874
An interesting one for me was that Payam Tamiz got 312 votes, was this based on the fact that it said, The Conservative Party Candidate, next to his name on the ballot paper?
Update the parish and town council results are out, with all of Ramsgate’s independents gone, the results hardly seem believable.
Parish of Acol
Sheila Mary Patricia Bransfield No description
Jonathan Henry Inchley No description
Helen Mitchell No description
Bob Norris Other
Elizabeth O'Reilly Other
Parish of Birchington -
Ward Bill Furness Liberal Democrats
Steve Hayden Independent
Bernard Anthony La Roche Independent
Parish of Birchington - Birchington South Ward
Josh Coombs Other
Amelia Marie West Independent
Linda Ann Wright Other
Parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's - Bradstowe Ward
Bill Epps Conservative Party
Bill Hayton Conservative Party
David Saunders Conservative Party
Parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's - Kingsgate Ward
Robert William Bayford Conservative Party Candidate
Parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's - Viking Ward
Jo Gee Conservative Party
Mave Saunders Conservative Party
Timothy Bernard Seed Conservative Party
Chris Wells Conservative Party Candidate
Parish of Cliffsend
Emma Louise Best No description
Maureen Fiander No description
Philip Griffiths No description
Beryl Florence Harrison No description
Vera Ellen Hovenden No description
Ratna Ratnasingham Other
Parish of Manston
William James Bell No description
Jennifer Mabel Fletcher No description
Linda Samme Other
Parish of Monkton
Gilly Brown No description
Nick Cole Independent
Tony Davies No description
David John Spillett No description
John Alexander Way No description
Parish of Ramsgate - Central Harbour Ward
Peter Campbell The Labour Party Candidate
Mary Dwyer The Labour Party Candidate
Tony Ovenden The Labour Party Candidate
Parish of Ramsgate - Eastcliff Ward
Rick Everitt The Labour Party Candidate
David Green The Labour Party Candidate
Corinna Huxley The Labour Party Candidate
Parish of Ramsgate - Nethercourt Ward
Steven Alexandrou The Labour Party Candidate
Kim Gibson The Labour Party Candidate
Parish of Ramsgate - Newington Ward
Pat Moore The Labour Party Candidate
Richard Russell Nicholson The Labour Party Candidate
Parish of Ramsgate - Northwood Ward
Kay Dark The Labour Party Candidate
Ian Driver The Labour Party Candidate
Elizabeth Green The Labour Party Candidate
Parish of Ramsgate - Pegwell Ward
Patrick Edward Doyle Conservative Party
Parish of Ramsgate - Sir Moses Montefiore Ward
Michelle Fenner The Labour Party Candidate
Alan Poole The Labour Party Candidate
Parish of St Nicholas at Wade and Sarre
Bernard Eric David Clayson No description
Richard Charles Garrett No description
Terry Robson No description
Terry Waterton No description