The original 'Terms of Agreement'
Eagle-eyed readers might recall that the Alliance 'Terms of Engagement' document I posted here last Saturday included a space for Cllr Gareth Winston Roberts, leader of the Môn Ymlaen (Anglesey Forward) group to sign. However, the official 'Terms of Engagement' document published by the Council earlier this week, does not. So what happened in between?
The official story seems to be that Gareth Winston Roberts declined to support the Alliance unless it included ALL the groups in the council. Indeed this is echoed in a rather pious quote in the Daily Post:
'Cllr Gareth Winston Roberts, leader of Môn Ymlaen, said: “We support the principle of the alliance but I feel they have missed a real opportunity to unite this council. They should have had all the groups on board to take this council forward.”'
However it has emerged that in reality Gareth Winston Roberts DID sign the original 'Terms of Engagement' document with the other leaders on Friday, 4th June. However, upon signing the document he immediately set about trying to undermine the new Alliance by contacting Bryan Owen - the new Leader of the rump Original Independents party - suggesting that they form a coalition whereby Gareth Winston Roberts would become the new Leader of the Council and Bryan Owen would become his Deputy. Apparently Bryan Owen refused to agree to any such arrangement and the bid came to nothing.
Obviously when the Alliance members learned of Gareth Winston Robert's machinations they ejected him and his faction, Môn Ymlaen, from the Alliance and signed a new 'Terms of Agreement' document on Tuesday, 8th June.