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Scarborough Council Independents Reject Tory Cabinet Proposal

Scarborough Council Independents Reject Tory Cabinet Proposal

Published by Jon Burke at 12:06pm 13th May 2020.

The Independent Group on Scarborough Borough Council has rejected the idea of including Conservative members in its cabinet.

It's after a recent letter sent by former Leader of the Council, Tory Derek Bastiman, who said inclusion of others would help get the borough back on its feet after coronavirus.

The Independent Group has responded with a letter of its own.

It said:

"The former leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Cllr.Derek Bastiman,  has  recently stated that he would like to see the present Independent/Labour administration replaced with a Rainbow Cabinet, with himself presumably taking a leading position.  

His motive for wanting to make this change at this time is because he considers that the current administration will be incapable of regenerating the borough’s economy without his personal ‘input’ after the Coronavirus crisis is abated.

The Independent Group, whilst rejecting this suggestion, would point out that the former leader’s administration  was comprehensively rejected at the 2019 local elections and feel that by allowing Cllr Bastiman to have any role in an administration would be a gross betrayal of the voter’s wishes and the mandate they gave us.

In addition, the Independent Group feels it inappropriate to use the current coronavirus emergency in this way. Not only is Cllr Bastiman letting the people of the borough down, but also all those good hard working councillors supporting the community at this difficult time, by diverting the efforts of the Council from getting on with the important work of planning for the post Coronavirus recovery. 

The Independent Group thanks all the key workers and volunteers who have selflessly served our communities in such challenging times and to those families who have sadly suffered the loss of a loved one or friend, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time."




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