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Deadlock in council bid for control

By Natasha Swift 17th May 2017

Deadlock in council bid for control
DEPUTY LEADER: Meva councillor James Mustoe

THE POWER struggle at County Hall looks set to continue as the Conservatives accuse the Independents of showing a “disregard for the electorate” after failing to reach an agreement over the running of Cornwall Council.

New leader of the Conservatives, Phil Seeva - Cornwall councillor for Menheniot - has criticised the Independent Group of Cornwall councillors as holding contempt for voters after they were unable to come to an agreement with the Tories to form an administration.

On Monday Mr Seeva said the Independents were after an amount of power on the council that was not proportionate to the number of seats they had won at the local elections on May 4.

In a statement on the current state of leadership at Cornwall Council, the Conservative group leader said: “It is unfortunate that the Independent Group of Cornwall councillors is unable to reach an agreement with us to form an administration to run Cornwall Council for the good of the people of Cornwall.

“Despite being the third biggest group on Cornwall Council, they seem to want an amount of power and influence on the council that is not proportionate to the number of seats they won at the recent local elections.

“Should the Independents move to form an Independent minority administration, comprised of former cabinet members supporting the European City of Culture bid that does not have the backing of the people of Cornwall, this will sadly show the contempt they hold the electorate in.”

“This shows a disregard for the electorate and suggests that their priorities are not really with the people of Cornwall.

“After all, who do we think will get the better deal from Westminster, a Conservative led coalition or an Independent one?

“It should also once and for all kill the myth that Independent Cornwall Councillors are independent, as working as part of a whipped group like this surely shows that the Independents are anything but.”

Mr Seeva said the Conservatives on Cornwall Council were now considering approaching other councillors to look to form their own administration ahead of next week’s Cornwall Council AGM.

The 47-year-old, who is a public relations consultant, was elected as the new leader of the Conservative Group last week with James Mustoe, 32 - Cornwall councillor for Mevagissey - chosen unopposed as deputy leader.

Speaking after being elected to the role, Mr Seeva said: “The recent local elections sent a clear message that the public want change on Cornwall Council.

“I look forward to working with my team to deliver this change as well as to provide the strong leadership needed for Cornwall Council.”

By Natasha Swift 17th May 2017

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