|John Lamb||West Leigh||Leader of the Opposition||Cllr Woodley|
|Ann Holland||Southchurch||Community and Organisational Development||Cllr Gilbert|
|Nigel Folkard||Chalkwell||Children and Learning||Cllr Jones|
|Steven Habermel||Chalkwell||Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development||Cllr Longley|
|Mark Flewitt||St Laurence||Housing, Planning and Regulatory Control||Cllr Norman|
|James Courtenay||Blenheim Park||Public Protection, Waste and Transport||Cllr Terry|
|Lesley Salter||Belfairs||Health and Adult Social Care||Cllr Moyies|
Have you already decided who you’re backing in the Labour leadership election? If so, I’d say you’ve probably chosen wrong.
Not that you’ve picked the wrong candidate. I’ve no idea who will win the election, much less who would be the leader we need to repair our party and get us back into power. But neither do almost any of the membership.
And that’s the point. If you’ve already chosen, you’ve probably chosen for the wrong reason.
With the election done, and the joint administration secured (Just about -Ed) back in control of the council, we’re starting to settle back into normality in the weird world of Southend politics. Which means, as ever, my little birds have begun again to sing.
One particularly interesting take regards the odd politics of Shoeburyness. Apparently, a certain former Independent
Party Group councillor, licking their wounds, is eyeing up the possibility of a comeback next year. Except, as eagle-eyed readers will already be aware, the councillor up for re-election in Shoeburyness next year is Mike Assenheim of the, err, Independent Party Group.
The bad blood between Anne Chalk and Mike Assenheim is not exactly news, and their divisions may well have helped Roger Hadley back onto the council this time around. But one Independent running against another, especially when there can be no ambiguity in whether they were part of the same grouping, would be a definite escalation.
The 2016 elections are still a way off yet, but these whispers surely serve as reassurance that Southend local politics will continue on in the same bizarre vein as usual.