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Cllr. George ElsomBit by bit, they are “independently” going their own ways.

So we now have the South Tyneside Independent Alliance and two “Real Independents” (that’s how they are now describing themselves on the council website), didn’t I tell you that this marriage would end up in a tearful divorce!

Cllr Terry Haram and Cllr. George Elsom (pictured) have decided they want no further part in the adventure, and Cllr. Jane Branley is “staggered and astonished”.

They claim that the decision was made a fortnight ago, perhaps the electors ought to have been told then George eh? Cllr. Elsom states in this evening’s Shields Gazette that he was

“an independent councillor because I don’t want party politics affecting how I work for the people in my ward. But now it seems that people within the independent group, in particular Coun Jane Branley, are trying to turn us into a fully-fledged opposition party.”

He also claims that last year’s move to elect a group leader for the opposition within the council chamber was the starting point for his woes.

His pal Cllr. Haram said;

“I was elected on an independent ticket and don’t want to be part of a party, which was the way things were heading. My priority is to respond to issues in Whiteleas, not whistle to someone else’s tune.”

My guess is that Cllr. Elsom didn’t get the position of power that he was looking for within the new “political structure” and threw the toys out of the pram in a fit of pique. Oh well at least we won’t have to listen to him proposing a mad budget next year, quickly drawn up on the back of an envelope!

Now that Cllrs. Elsom and Haram have considered their positions, it’s about time that some others considered theirs, and I refer to the rump of the South Shields Progressive Association. Their raison d’etre has long since lost it’s appeal, it’s membership cannot be higher than the Corner Shop’s Lottery syndicate and they have attached themselves to the policy defunct Branley Battle Van like a geriatric patient on prozac. If they were a dog the vet would put them out of their misery.

They must decide now if they are going to carry on representing the centre right ambitions of South Tyneside people without allegience to a national political party, or to give up and make way for the Conservatives who might decide to engage the electorate in an organised manner to offer a centre right alternative. Irrespective, to do nothing is hardly an attractive option, and whilst continued failures to produce policy and continued failures to attend meetings and represent constituents take their toll, the attraction with the Alliance will wither as fast as it bloomed.

Didn’t I tell you that Iain Malcolm would be sniggering behind his pint.

Written by curly

May 16, 2007 at 6:45 pm

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  1. Curly,
    These are the people who proudly tell us on their wbepages that they are a united opposition to the Labour Party.
    Don’t make me laugh.
    They tried to hoodwind the electorate just two weeks ago and should have told us then that they were divided and hated each others guts.
    As for Cllr Elsom – he was the Independent Group leader and Leader of the Opposition (with extra money for his trouble at our expense) – now he tells us electing a Leader last year was the beginning of the end!!
    Whats surprises me is that only Haram went with him…..why didn’t cllrs Defty, Waddle, Harrison??? You don’t think Jane Branley paying for their election leaflets swayed them do you??
    As for the Progressives – the quicker they move out of the way the better.
    All in all,
    when truth is told,
    whether you like Labour or not
    the electorate clearly made the right decisions two weeks ago.
    Steve
    ps and yes, I’ve no doubt Malcolm is raising a glass or two in celebration – some operator!

    STEVE WRIGHT

    May 16, 2007 at 8:35 pm

  2. I understand what you are saying Steve.
    But at the count on 4th. May you showed who you favour. So its no surprise that you are having a go at the opposition.

    Richard Markinson

    May 16, 2007 at 9:14 pm

  3. No doubt the bigger project will be continuing in absentia.

    curly15

    May 16, 2007 at 10:09 pm

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