We’ve just got back from the Full Council meeting tonight, we’ll report in full later.
One big item tonight was the Council vote on which two district councillors to appoint as trustees on the Grange Community Association.
A fair view would be to appoint the local ward councillors – Conservative Joan Mockford and our Lib Dem Jackie Dillnutt. And that’s what we proposed.
However the Tory leadership were against this – they wanted to keep Jackie out of things. They may have their own plans on how to treat the community centre.
As the Tories have 32 councillors, and we only have 5, it was pretty likely that we would be massively defeated.
But a whole load of Tories were absent from the meeting, or abtained. And two Tories – Carole Weston from Hockley, and James Cottis from Rochford, voted for Jackie, which was a brave thing to do and we salute them for it. We also had the support of residents councillor John Mason. (It was disappointing that Joan Mockford didn’t vote for Jackie)
The end result was that Jackie was kept off by just 13 votes to 8. Out of 32 Tories, they could only scrape together 13 votes.
It’s still outrageous that the Tory group kept Jackie out of things (and chose Tory Mavis Webster instead). But it was a real embarassment for them, and Jackie came through it looking very well-informed and sensible.