Progressive and non aligned independents
New opposition group – whose idea was this?
So South Tyneside Council revealed it had a new “official” opposition yesterday, with a new group leader Cllr. Steve Harrison (Fellgate and Hedworth), it includes two Progressives, one Conservative, one Liberal Democrat, two Real Independents, and two other independents, it does NOT include Cllrs. Geraldine White or David Potts and its formation ensures fewer committee seats for the South Tyneside Independent Alliance.
Either the new group of eight has some highly motivated and astute mathematicians and movers amongst its membership, or on the other hand, people who are very receptive to new imaginative ideas! Their spokesman is likely to be South Shields Cllr. George Elsom (Cleadon Park) rather than their leader who tells us that there are no formal agreements, arrangements, meetings, or structure!
My big question is, who proposed this grouping?
“Astute” is a word not to be bandied about with gay abandon. Your whispers or hints (including reasons for Cllr. White’s departure from the Independent Alliance) can easily be left using the Contact page!