Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Jonathan Reynolds Makes His Maiden Parliamentary Speech

Kieran Quinn's "New Politics"

In Quinn's maiden speech as Executive Leader last night, he spoke of his "new politics" he has been banging on about in the press. He pointed to me in the middle of his speech saying that "I have things in store that will please Tameside's blogosphere of which you will read about in the press". So what could Kieran be up to? I have some suggestions for him...

1. Getting rid of Roy's 2 Jags:

I asked Tameside Council on Twitter if they would be disposing of their two chauffeur driven Jags given that the new Conservative Chancellor has banned ministers from using them, forcing them to walk and use public transport like the rest of us. Tameside's new deputy leader, John Taylor responded and said he sent them back on Monday.

2. Reduction of the Executive Leaders Pay:

Another criticism of Roy Oldham was his pay. Kieran was going on about his love for the job. Will he take a 5% pay cut like his Westminster colleagues? Or perhaps he will stay on the same salary when he was on the cabinet for Economy?

3. Scrapping of Political Assistants:

Another populist move would be to scrap political assistants. Don Charlesworth has already left and there is no talk of a replacement as of yet. If the leader wishes not to have a political assistant, then the shadow must get rid of his.

What changes at the top would Tameside Eye readers like to see? Post them in the comments below.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

BREAKING: Councillor Roy Oldham Loses Leadership of Tameside Council After 30 Years

In a shocking result, Labour Councillor for Longdendale, Roy Oldham has lost out in a leadership coup after serving as Executive Leader to Tameside Council for 30 years, making him the longest serving council leader in the country. Roy is replaced by Droylsden East councillor, Kieran Quinn.

The contest has been ongoing for over two years. It is known that Roy had planned on stepping down due to falling ill with cancer. It is widely rumoured that former Chief Executive, Janet Calendar, minded Roy to step down. This resulted in a bitter argument with Roy determined more than ever to keep the leadership with Janet Calendar resigning and joining Trafford Council.

When Roy recovered from cancer, he reversed his decision to step down. His Constituency Labour Party wasn't as supportive with the CLP announcing that they would be supporting Kieran in the role for Labour leader. Roy described this as a "slap in the face".

Tameside Labour councillors met at Stalybridge Labour Club this morning to cast their votes. Kieran just scraped in as leader by obtaining the support of 27 of the 46 councillors, leaving Roy with 19.

Kieran Quinn will be made Tameside Council Leader at the next Full Council meeting on the 25th of May. It is expected there will be a shake-up of the current cabinet and a new deputy leader replacing Joe Kitchen.

UPDATE: Dukinfield Councillor, John Taylor has announced on Twitter that he is the new deputy leader.