I must be really sad me! But, I have to say I’m really looking forward to this week and reporting on the shenanigans of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Thursday’s Annual Council meeting should be a belter.
The first task is to confirm Cllr Denver Tolley as the new Lord Mayor. I have known Denver for a few years and I can honestly say I have yet to meet a single person who has anything bad to say about the guy.
Denver serves the Longton North ward and is respected by all. His wife Lynne will be Lady Mayoress and I have no doubt that she will prove to be one of the most glamorous the City has had for years.
They are both brilliant with people ans will be a massive hit whatever functions they are requested to attend.
The main event on Thursday however, is the election of the new Council Leader.
I think it is widely expected to be Labour Group Leader Mohammed Pervez. I tip his deputy to be Cllr Ross Irving, the current Leader of the council and Leader of the Conservative & Independent Alliance.
This will mean that there will be at least a two party coalition.
Which means that we may not get the four party coalition that Pervez had hoped for last week.
You see, it’s all about cabinet places and portfolio positions.
For a four party coalition to work, I estimate that the Labour Group will want to retain at least 5 cabinet places.
This will leave 5 cabinet places to be divvied up between the CIG, CIA and Lib Dems.
Kieran Clarke has been made to play the Hokey Cokey by his group as he has been in/out a few times all he needs to do now is to shake it all about. My sources tell me he is in at the moment.
It is known that the Lib Dem group were hesitant about Kieran carrying on the cabinet portfolio for resources given the amount of cuts that are set to bite hard.
The Conservative were very reluctant to enter into another coalition with the City Independents, But as I understand it today there are a couple of cabinet positions on offer to the CIG and the CIA groups.
Whether the CIG accept these is another matter and is very much down to what portfolios are up for grabs. I understand it that the CIG will be unwilling to accept the more controversial portfolios such as Children & Young Peoples Services, which has been something of a poisoned chalice.
The Labour cabinet members are being held closely under wraps. But, I expect a mixture of experience and new blood on there.
So you can see that negotiations will be ongoing throughout the coming week.
At Pits n Pots we are keeping our ears close to the ground and we will be covering the Annual Council live on Thursday.