Wednesday, 10 March 2010
We didn't have to wait long...
last post, would change anything. News arrives today that Council Leader, Cllr Clive McGregor (left) has expelled Cllr Elwyn Schofield from the ruling Original Independents grouping for undermining his authority.
Apparently according to an agreement reached following the Council's Corporate Governance Inspection, the chairmanship of the scrutiny committees should be given to opposition councillors, yet Cllr Schofield ignored this and nominated a fellow Original Independent to the chairmanship of the principal scrutiny committee. Accordingly McGregor felt he had no alternative but to expel Schofield for "undermining my credibility and this authority".
According to all accounts Clive McGregor is a decent chap who is doing his best to sort out the problems which have beset the Council. However this news shows that he is struggling to maintain his authority even amongst the councillors in his own grouping - though I suppose when most councillors are elected as Independents they feel beholden to nobody making McGregor's task akin to herding cats.
How much longer is this going to go on for?