A former Mayor of Penarth Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward – but now standing for election in both the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council as an Independent) has accused his former party – the Conservatives – of what he calls “quiet acquiescence” with the Labour Party over the past 5 years in the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Cllr Ernest says “I think that Penarth has been very poorly treated in the last 5 years of Labour rule in the Vale, and this has not been helped by the quiet acquiescence of Conservatives in the Vale, who have not put up much resistance to the onwards-march of Socialist inefficiencies, which is all too evident to those who are sufficiently interested“
In response, the Leader of the Conservative Group on the Vale of Glamorgan Council , Cllr John Thomas (Conservative St Athan) has flatly denied that there has any accommodation between Labour and the Conservative Party in the Vale Council over the last 5 years.
Cllr Thomas says “As far as I am concerned, as Leader of the [Conservative] Group, I’m not going to oppose everything that Labour propose – just because Labour have proposed it. We oppose, when we see reason to oppose – and we’ll support, if we think they are doing the right thing”
He went on the say “There has been absolutely no agreement between us and the Labour Group . We have taken each issue on its merits and have voted accordingly”.
Cllr Thomas says “As I see it, it’s grown-up politics. The days when issues were opposed, just because another group has proposed it are over . I don’t think the public appreciate that anyway, – and we want to do the best for them. An awful lot of things that go on in the council, no matter who is in charge, would be the same, and I can see no point whatsoever in opposing something for the sake of opposing it”.
On the Vale Council elections (taking place this week on Thursday May 4th) Cllr Thomas said “Obviously we would like to take control. If that’s not possible, then hopefully we’ll be the biggest group and be able to have a hand in running the council”.