To try and address the ‘gerrymandering’ of the key policy committees by the minority Green Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council, that protects them from being outvoted on any financial, transport or housing related issues, the Conservative Group will be taking the final opportunity – at the Annual Council meeting – to try and restore political balance, this time to the Transport Committee, having failed with the Policy & Resources Committee at last month’s Council meeting, when the Labour Group failed to give their support.
Leader of the Conservative Group – Cllr.Geoffrey Theobald– is highlighting the behind closed doors deal struck between the Green and Labour Party’s, that will enable the Green Administration to have control of Council policy committees in return for the Labour Group chairing two of the three key scrutiny committees – the Overview & Scrutiny Commission and the Audit & Standards Committee – with the Greens retaining chairmanship of the committee that scrutinises health and education issues.
Cllr. Theobald said: “Residents will be understandably angry that Labour have ruled out the opportunity to join with the Conservative Group to overturn Green unpopular policies such as the latest crazy decision on parking charges. We are giving the Labour Group one more chance to change their minds at today’s Council meeting. After all, the Chair of the Brighton, Hove & District Labour Party, writing in the Argus yesterday, described the Green Party as being “out of control” and of having “failed to represent the people of the city.” If he thinks that, why are Labour allowing the Greens to rule unchallenged?”
Cllr. Theobald added: “The fact that the Labour Party are willing accomplices in all this just goes to show how close these two left-wing parties are politically. This is an informal coalition in everything but name.”