From Bristol Conservatives
The Conservative on Bristol City Council have unveiled their top team of Scrutiny Commission and Committee leads for the year ahead.
As well as installing Councillor Peter Abraham as Leader, Councillor Mark Weston has been promoted to the position of Deputy Leader, with Councillor John Goulandris remaining in the role as the Group’s Chief Whip.
Following the local elections – which produced the political situation where no one Party has overall control. The Council currently consists of the Liberal Democrats with 33 seats, Labour have 21, the Tories stay on 14 and the Greens have two Members.
As part of the negotiations which have allowed the Lib Dems to form a minority Administration, the vast majority of lead roles (Chairmanships) have been allocated to the Opposition Parties.
Accordingly, the Conservatives have nominated Cllr Weston to Chair the important Audit Committee; Cllr Lesley Alexander keeps her Chairmanship of the Health & Adult Social Care Scrutiny Commission and Cllr Alastair Watson is elevated on the Children’s Services Scrutiny Commission.
Cllr David Morris has been put in charge of the Public Safety & Protection Committee and Cllr Chris Windows will head-up Development Control (North) Committee.
Cllr Abraham (Con, Stoke Bishop) said: “I think we will find that the new political reality in which we find ourselves will force the Executive to adopt a more conciliatory approach this time round.
“With the loss of five seats (and their majority) the Lib Dems will have to listen to the Opposition instead of just railroading through unpopular policies or promote unsustainable pet projects.
“Although these are early days, the signs are good that a new way of working on the City Council is emerging.
“I am excited by the Tory top team – which contains a mix of abilities and experience to hold the Executive to account.
“The people of Bristol can be assured, we shall be using our greater influence to promote the interests of the city as a whole in the challenging days ahead.”