The Conservative Group Leader on Thurrock Council has announced details of how his party would create space for political opponents to have a meaningful role if they assume power on May 25th.
Cllr Phil Anderson said: “With neither main party having enough seats to take automatic control of the Council, the electorate have made it clear that they want us to put political bickering aside and find ways to co-operate in the best interests of Thurrock. We have been looking hard at how we can achieve this, and today I am pleased to announce that a Conservative administration in Thurrock Council would invite opposition Members to chair all five of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committees. This ensures that positive ideas from all sides can go through to Cabinet for proper consideration, and also provides a clear route for challenge where the administration could do things better.”
“Labour went part way towards this last year, and it worked well in the areas it was tried. Inviting the opposition to chair Overview and Scrutiny allows the talents of Councillors from all political persuasions to be employed for the benefit of our Borough. I believe that people want to see politicians co-operate as well as criticise each other when necessary. Our plan for Overview and Scrutiny achieves this, and I challenge Labour leader Cllr John Kent to sign up to the same commitment before the full Council meeting on Wednesday.”
The five Overview and Scrutiny Committees cover: Children’s Services; Health and Wellbeing; Planning, Transport, and Regeneration; Cleaner, Greener, Safer; and Corporate affairs. Labour are currently proposing a mixed chairmanship, where some committees are chaired by Members from the same party as the administration they are scrutinising.