East Devon Alliance leader speech to EDDC last night

Sorry it is all capitals,

“CHAIR

(THANK YOU FOR THIS YOUR CURTAIN CALL IN THE CHAIR. I AM SURE WE WILL ALL BE TALKING ABOUT THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU HAVE CONDUCTED THIS ROLE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME)

TO ME THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE SERIOUS CANDIDATE TONIGHT. HE IS A MAN WHO HAS A UNIQUE RECORD ON THIS COUNCIL. BEN INGHAM STARTED OFF AS A CONSERVATIVE OF COURSE, THEN BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT, AND LATER STILL ASKING IF HE COULD LEAD THE EAST DEVON ALLIANCE INTO THE 2015 ELECTION, AND FINALLY AFTER THE EDA’S LEADERSHIP ELECTION IN 2017 RETURNED CATRHY GARDNER, HE RESOLVED TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT 1NDEPENDENT ONCE MORE. OR INDEPEDNDENTS FOR EAST DEVON I THINK HIS FACEBOOK PAGE SAID THIS TIME.

THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT NOBODY IN THE CHAMBER WANTS THE ROLE OF LEADER MORE THAN BEN, AND IT HAS BEEN CLEAR TO ME SINCE THE EVENING OF THE COUNT THAT NOTHING WOULD BE ABLE TO STOP HIM.

ULTIMATELY, JUST THIS MONDAY, THE INDEPENDENT EAST DEVON ALLIANCE WAS ABLE TO BE TOLD SOME OF HIS POLICY PROMISES. IN PARTICULAR WE WERE ATTRACTED BY STATEMENT 6.

I QUOTE:

“WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION PORTFOLIO HOLDER AND CABINET COMPLETE THE PIECE OF WORK ALREADY COMMISSIONED LAST YEAR; A REVIEW OF THE ALTERNATOVE GOVERNANCE OPTIONS IDENTIFIED IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY GUIDANCE, WITHOUT PRE-CONCEIVED IDEAS. IN THE EVENT COUNCIL CONCLUDES THE COMMITTEE STRUCTIRE IS MORE SUITED TO OUR GOVERNANCE MODEL, THEN THE CONSULATION AND REFINEMMENT PROCESS IS WELL-DOCUMENTED.”

END QUOTE

THE EAST DEVON ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENTS PROMISED EXPLICITLY TO SEEK REFORM OF THIS PLACE. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A KEY ISSUE FOR OUR LIBERAL DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES TOO.

I HAVE PICKED THE BONES OUT THAT SIXTH PROMISE OF BEN, AND CONCLUDED THAT HE WILL NOT ULTIMATELY OPPOSE A MOVE TO THE COMMITTEE SYSTEM OR DRAG HIS FEET IN ANY UNJUSTIFIABLE BUREAUCRATIC DELAY – AND WITH THAT PROMISE SAFELY BANKED IN MY BACK POCKET I AM GENUINELY DELIGHTED TO NOMINATE A MAN I HAVE A LOT OF TIME FOR, BEN INGHAM.”

2 thoughts on “East Devon Alliance leader speech to EDDC last night

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  2. I take exception to Martin Shaws assertions that the Independents who formed a minority administration allowed the Conservatives to take the key position of Chair/Chairman of the Council……Wrong Cllr Shaw…. I actually was approached by the leader of East Devon Ben Ingham and he asked if I would consider taking the (non-political) position of Chairman having done a good job from 2015 to 2017….. I accepted the position and he contacted Andrew Moulding to give him the news and Andrew called to congratulate me and asked if I’d get a seconder lined up for the AGM.

    I also believe that Mike Howe was approached to see if he would take on the Chairmanship of DMC and so once again Cllr Shaw is barking up the wrong tree.
    The East Devon Alliance Party had the opportunity to put names forward for the Chairmanship of the Council … however they chose not to and I do believe some of their members voted for me.
    Many outside bodies went to the EDA including Recycling and Waste with Conservatives voting for Denise Bickley…..the Conservatives also voted for other positions to be taken by EDA.
    I am delighted to have EDA member Cllr Val Ranger as my Vice Chairman who was voting and she was not only voting for EDA nominations but for also Conservatives, Lib Dem’s and true Independents.
    It is comments like yours that are unhelpful and perhaps before writing again you should take time and get your facts right.

    Stuart Hughes CC

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