Spill the beans!
The ever shrinking South Tyneside Independent Alliance
You now know “officially” what some of us have known for some time now, that Cllr. George Waddle has had enough of the Branley/Khan South Tyneside Independent Alliance grouping on South Tyneside Council, and has joined the growing list of councillors who have found that they can no longer work under the direction of Jane Branley and Ahmed Khan, leader and deputy leader respectively.
What we don’t know, precisely, are the full reasons behind George Waddle’s decision to abandon the people who gave him the supposed comfort of group strength and literary resources, nor do we know why decent councillors such as John Hodgson in Monkton and Gordon Finch in Horsley Hill choose to remain in a group where they have little or no influence over (a) their own party leadership, and (b) wider opposition to Labour in this neck of the woods.
Jane Branley is unlikely to give up the ownership of the party in the near future, and Ahmed Khan is unlikely to enhance the reputation of the Independent Alliance in either the short or the longer term, additionally the other Branley is once again apparently finding it difficult to exercise his duties within South Shields Town Hall.
Would someone care to “spill the beans” over the real reasons why Waddle left, and over the current state of minds of Finch and Hodgson?
Just why would they want to stay?