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UKIP help the Conservatives limp into administration in Southend


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As predicted, the appointments meeting of Southend Borough Council saw an alliance of UKIP and Conservative councillors oust the Joint Administration of Labour, Independent Party Group, Liberal Democrats and Southend Independence Group that has been running the council for the last two years.

Thus begins, then, the new Conservative administration, and the reign of Cllr John Lamb (CON – West Leigh) as the leader of the council. Dark times ahead…

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Southend Tories turn last council meeting into unedifying farce


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Last night I stayed up to watch the full council meeting of Southend Borough Council.

I did so primarily for the vote on changes to the electoral arrangements for the Council — reducing the number of councillors by a third, and switching to all up elections — which thankfully failed.

Bizarrely, that was not the most drawn out of farcical part of last night. It was followed almost immediately for an opportunity for Conservative councillors to grandstand, take up time with manufactured moral outrage, and ultimately call for a vote of no confidence in the leader, Cllr Woodley (IND – Thorpe), which failed ultimately by the mayor’s casting vote.

What a deeply unedifying way to conclude the final council meeting before the elections.

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