Labour announce Joy Garner as their candidate for Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Staffordshire Police CrestJust coming in, Joy Garner has been announced as the Labour candidate for the role of Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the elections in November.

Joy  was up against former police authority chairman Michael Poulter in the vote and currently sites on Staffordshire Police Authority & Staffordshire Joint Police and Crime Panel. Continue reading

Eye Spy the By-election

So the by-election has finally been called for the vacancy for Office of Councillor for the Springfields and Trent Vale ward, it’s only taken since 27 April. So now the ballot boxes are being broken out and just in the nick of time… frustrated residents in Springfields & Trent Vale are already starting to petition the council over local issues, having begun to feel the effects of no local representation for the last few months.

Despite having more councillors than they know what to do with, Labour have not fallen over themselves to ensure residents have felt looked after, which is perhaps why there are rumblings that this by-election may see upwards of 8 candidates all vying to fix the numerous potholes and clear the litter on the yellow brick road from Trent Vale to Stoke. Hardly a ringing endorsement of previous incumbents…

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Springfields and Trent Vale By-election called

Some late breaking news out of the Civic Centre tonight.

It seems the Springfields and Trent Vale By-election has finally been called just under 2 months after Sarah Hill resigned from her seat there. The date for the By-election will be July 26.

More as I get it..

New Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Terry Crowe

Picture of Lord Mayor Terry Crowe in ceremonial robes At the annual council meeting yesterday, Stoke-on-Trent City Council agreed to make Councillor Terry Crowe Stoke-on-Trent’s first citizen by giving him the office of Lord Mayor.

This is 66 year old Terry’s third spell on the City Council since his election in 1978 when he stayed in office for 22 years until 2000. Terry was re-elected in 2002 and again in 2011. During his terms of office as a councillor Terry has has held the positions of Vice-Chair of Education, Chair of Waste, Human Resources Committee and Children and Young People`s Overview and Scrutiny. He is also an honorary Alderman on Staffordshire County Council. Continue reading

Inside the civic

The big news this week, as hinted in my last column, was the resignation of Deputy Lord Mayor Khan as he prepares to once again face the Standards Committee. This is certainly an honourable decision, however why it took so long (and a Labour group meeting) to convince Khan to resign perhaps signifies how unaware certain councillors are about what the public think of their conduct. Continue reading

Inside the Civic

Those who thought all out elections would bring some stability to our Council must be feeling embarrassed this week as Council Leader Mohammed Pervez took a scalpel to his cabinet, cutting out the disobedient Gratton and challenger Hill, and carving up the other portfolios in what is quite clearly more than the ‘tweaking’ he described it as.

The introduction of Platt and Dutton is seen as a nod to the left wingers in the group, who re-emerged in 2011 to rival the modernisers who were in danger of taking over Labour. Continue reading

The secretive world of Stoke-on-Trent Labour

I was interested to read Joanna Wright’s letter to the Sentinel 24 April, questioning whether Stoke’s labour council is “the traditional party of the people” or as she says, “Councillors of the ruling labour group, that Margaret Thatcher would be proud of.”

This council’s secretive behind closed doors decision-making; including the latest debacle regarding Port Vale is a disgrace. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader announces his new cabinet

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Councillor Mohammed Pervez has given details of his new Cabinet after the reshuffle at Monday nights Labour Group AGM which saw Debra Gratton & Sarah Hill removed.

Sarah Hill subsequently resigned her position as a Councillor forcing a by-election in the Springfields and Trent Vale ward. Continue reading