TROUBLED TIME FOR RUGBY LABOUR COUNCILLORS
With ward electoral boundary changes due to take place in Rugby next year resulting in the number of Councillors reducing to 42 from 48, the question is what will happen to the 5 Labour Councillors covering the present Newbold and Brownsover South wards which will disappear and become the new Newbold & Brownsover seat with only 3 Councillors?
SITUATION NOT GOOD
The situation is not good for the local Labour Party, because it has been on decline in Rugby for many years - since controlling the local council in 1999 and now only having less than half (11) of the seats they used to have and no real likelihood of gaining other seats next year. At the present time it looks like we will see further declines in the number of Labour Councillors in the town with the merging of the Newbold and Brownsover South wards.
NOT GOING QUIETLY?
It’s unknown, if any of the current Labour Councillors covering Brownsover South - Claire Edwards & Andy Coles and Newbold - Ray Kirby, Ramesh Srivastava and Tom Mahoney will go quietly and it’s also doubtful if the only other two current Labour wards (Benn and New Bilton) and their Councillors will be eager to pick up the rejects.
While their is no doubt some better Councillors than others amongst the list above, the decision of who stands for Labour will be down to a handful of people in the party machine.
‘GANG OF 5’ – WILL WE SEE INDEPENDENT LABOUR CANDIDATES?
So all in all, not a good time for members of the ‘gang of 5’ which could result in peeved off independent Labour Councillors standing next year? Also what about other party members going along with something that may cut across their own personal political ambitions to be Councillors? Time will tell no doubt.
For more information about the proposed boundary changes and to make comments by the 20th June visit http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/warwickshire/rugby-electoral-review