Labour to form part of new council administration

Councillor Ian Gilbert, Labour Group Leader has announced that an agreement is being concluded to run Southend Council as a joint administration between the Labour group, the Independent and Liberal Democrat groups. This is the only viable alternative to oust the Conservatives, who have lost the trust of Southend people following the local elections on 22 May.

Councillor Ian Gilbert, Labour Group Leader has announced that an agreement is being concluded to run Southend Council as a joint administration between the Labour group, the Independent and Liberal Democrat groups. This is the only viable alternative to oust the Conservatives, who have lost the trust of Southend people following the local elections on 22 May.

Councillor Gilbert said, 'Working with Independents and Lib Dems will be challenging, but it gives us the chance to develop and implement many of our manifesto commitments. I am delighted to be taking the role of Deputy Leader with responsibility for Community Development. I am also delighted that Councillors David Norman and Anne Jones will be joining me in the cabinet to take on the housing and education portfolios respectively. Other members of the Labour Group will have significant roles in developing and implementing policy. This gives us three of the seven cabinet positions'.
 

'Bringing in jobs, stregthening the community and addressing the housing crisis in Southend are key Labour priorities. I can confirm that all parties to the agreement have accepted the need to press on urgently with the regeneration of Victoria Avenue, look to develop community facilities in Central Southend to replace what is being lost and to take swift action to build affordable and social housing'.
 

'We are undertaking to review a number of decisions taken by the previous administration, such as those on Shoebury flood defences, the future of the council-run care homes and the stripping of paid staff from branch libraries'.
 

'Unless the Westminster government changes course, we will be faced with very painful decisions as a result of the continued austerity agenda, yet we approach this challenge with optimism and confidence that we have assembled a strong team to serve the residents of Southend'.

 

A formal vote will be held at Council AGM on Thursday 5 June.

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