It appears that not all Plaid Cymru councillors are happy with signing the new Terms of Engagement either. Without the support of all Plaid and Labour councillors, the Alliance will collapse passing control back to the rump Original Independents and Anglesey Forward. If that happens, will Plaid Cymru and/or Labour switch their support to the other side in order to retain some executive power? The whole thing is looking more and more fragile by the hour...
UPDATE 1: The local press have finally caught up with the goings on in the Llangefni council chamber. You can read the Daily Post article here. Clive McGregor's is quoted as making the following veiled threat to councillors who do not sign up: "The Assembly’s Minister for Local Government, Carl Sargeant, has already made it clear what will happen if this council cannot mend its ways". Peter Rogers, the unaffiliated councillor for Rhosyr, says he hasn't been kept informed of whats going on: "It is very worrying watching this from the sidelines. I have received nothing official". Finally Cllr Barrie Durkin confirms his intention to take legal action against the council for their "outrageous actions".
UPDATE 2: I'm now hearing that Plaid Cymru's party hierarchy have come out against their councillors who have signed the Terms of Agreement and told them to withdraw. Is this is true, it is surely the end of the Alliance.
UPDATE 3: Cllr Barrie Durkin has confirmed that he is taking legal action not only against the Council but also against all councillors who have either signed, supported or acquiesced in the "Terms of Engagement", in the knowledge that in doings so, they are bound by its terms to publicly 'name and shame' him.
UPDATE 4: A learned commenter writes:
"Actually, reading the document again, Barrie Durkin does already have a claim of defamation against the Council and all members involved in this.
Because it names Cllr. Durkin, and another, specifically. It does not say why these individuals merit naming and shaming, nor provide any evidence for the need for such draconian measures. Further, the document says that they will report the individuals to the Ombudsman. Problems are (a) they seem not yet to have reported their grievance to the Ombudsman, (b) the Ombudsman has not investigated or reached a decision, and (c) even when the Ombudsman does reach a conclusion, then that is not necessarily sufficient to make accusations against anyone.
So, I think what is shown is that a 'robust' defamation has already occurred."
UPDATE 5: I hear reports that a delegation of unnamed Councillors visited Interim MD David Bowles this afternoon to ask him to remove the names of Elwyn Schofield and Barrie Durkin from the 'Terms of Engagement'. Apparently he refused and insisted that he would be proceeding to lodge a complaint against both councillors with the Ombudsman.
UPDATE 6: News about the new Alliance is now up on the BBC News site here. McGregor is quoted as saying:
"I believe that forming a new alliance, made up of those committed to working together and moving this council forward, is our only real chance of sustainable political recovery," said Coun McGregor.
"Many of us have been on opposing sides of the political divide in the past, and this alliance will undoubtedly raise plenty of eyebrows.
"We are bonded, however, by the common goal of turning this authority around, not just as demanded by the Welsh Assembly Government, but because it is the right thing to do."Labour's John Chorlton is also quoted, saying that the Alliance represents:
"a huge leap of faith on our parts. However, the Labour members, together with the Menai group, are committed to the new alliance and working in partnership with Llais i Fôn and Plaid Cymru to ensure it succeeds"