As you maybe aware there was a by-election two weeks where Labour retains the seat of Birchills-Leamore, this leaves the council composition as
Lib Dem 3
At the Council AGM after the May elections the Conservative/LD parties retained control of the council by 29/29 – Pete Smith abstained and the vacancy in Birchills meant a tie. In this situation Labour could not win a motion to take control.
As the Birmingham Press report HERE Walsall Labour Party called a meeting for the 20th August to decide control once again as the numbers have changed and if Pete Smith as Mayor (and casting vote) once again abstained then Labour gain control of the council 30-29.
However Pete Smith in his wisdom and the powers he has brought froward the meeting to the 11th. It seems no consultation with either Labour who called the meeting or any other party.
As regular readers of this blog know, I have a political position and would like us to gain control of the council and I do wonder at Pete Smith’s motivations here. Has he heard for example that some Labour councillors are on holiday and can not make the meeting ? This would mean of course he can still abstain and allow the same control of the council.
There is long history between Pete Smith and the Walsall Labour Party (too long to write about here). The last thing he wants is to vote with the Tories to stop us getting control or abstain which in the current situation would hand Labour control.
So with no explanation from Pete on this we can only wonder at his motivations for such an important decision that affects all residents of Pheasey as the cuts will bite even harder this year.