Deputy Mayor speculation
Who will South Tyneside’s new Deputy Mayor be?
I note that one commentator has picked up on my Tweet this morning about who our next Deputy Mayor will be , the installation will take place in South Shields Town Hall on 17th. May.
Traditionally the Deputy Mayor accedes to the chair the following year and becomes the borough’s first citizen, the thing is, so many of our councillors have already held this prestigious position, all amongst the ruling Labour group of course. This year’s Deputy, Cllr. Jim Sewell will become the Mayor for 2011-12 but councillors are busily considering who should be his Deputy.
One name that keeps cropping up is that of Whiteleas councillor Ernest Gibson, popularly known as “David Miliband’s spy in the camp”, now I don’t know if he is being seriously considered or if some folks are just talking up his chances for a laugh, I’ve also heard vibes that it could be one of the lady members perhaps a long standing Labour servant such as Alison Strike who has represented Boldon Colliery since 2002, or Anne Walsh who has served since 1996 with an eight year break (she would welcome the added publicity that the post provides in the year during her run up to an election). Front runners amongst the men include the popular Rob Dix (described as Iain Malcolm’s henchman by a commentator here) however I think his job might rule him out for the Mayorality in 2013, and Westoe councillor Allan West.
Of course all of these whispers and rumours may well end up being pretty wide of the mark, but sooner or later one name will break cover and be leaked from within the Labour group.
Shall we run a sweepstake?
Runners and riders in this thread please, no prizes, just for fun.