Great Yarmouth’s town hall leaders rule out coalition in wake of elections as they pledge to work for the people

Great Yarmouth Borough Council Elections 2014. Votes being counted in the Town Hall.  Picture: James Bass Great Yarmouth Borough Council Elections 2014. Votes being counted in the Town Hall. Picture: James Bass

Thursday, May 29, 2014
10:54 AM

Great Yarmouth’s Conservative, Labour and UKIP leaders have pledged to work for the people of the borough - and not let party politics muddy the town hall waters.

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The borough council has been left with no overall control in the wake of last week’s elections, which left Labour with 15 seats, the Conservatives with 14 and UKIP - which stormed the polls - with 10.

All three parties have rigidly ruled out any kind of coalition but have said they will have to work together for the good of the borough.

Trevor Wainwright, Labour leader, said he and his members would not “block” any proposals for the “sake of party politics” and thought all three groups wanted to do the best for residents.

“We will all have to work closely together because of the make up of the council,” he added. “We all want what is the best for the residents of Yarmouth.”

Mr Wainwright stressed there would be no pacts or deals between Labour and the other parties, but said the groups were in discussion and the council should be in a position to say how it will move forward by Monday.

Kay Grey, the newly appointed leader of Great Yarmouth’s UKIP party, said her door was open to the other parties and she was “quite open” to listening to them - as long as they listened to her.

Mrs Grey, who beat Conservative mayor John Burroughs and former Labour MP Tony Wright to take her seat in Gorleston, added: “To move anything forward we have got to discuss things and not let the colour of your tie get in the way.

“Anything that’s put forward we will vote with the best interests of our wards at heart. I’m not there to argue, I’m there to put forward things we feel, as a party, are good for the borough.”

Mrs Grey thought it was “quite refreshing” that some of the 13 seats up for grabs last week were so closely fought, but said discussion needed to happen and suggested that the three party leaders could meet regularly to talk.

Graham Plant, Conservative leader, echoed both her sentiments and those of Mr Wainwright’s and said all three parties would have to compromise and have open talks to move things forward.

“We have our policies, and we put a few things in our [election] leaflets, that we’d like to see happen but that’s going to have to be through negotiation - it’s not something we can expect,” he added.

“We’re local councillors, party politics - to my mind - are not what we’re about. We’re about getting the best thing for Great Yarmouth residents. Party politics comes second.”

15 comments

  • Maybe Gt. Yarmouth residents would like to read this article and the procrastinations of the main party politicians again after todays news that, far from working together, these two have denied UKIP access to any outside bodies. They are responsible for all within their Constituencies, regardless of party, so why have these local community groups they represent no voice at Town Hall?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • V You're talking patronising claptrap."you don't know the workings of councils"- how do you "know" and what makes you so knowledgable and superior? You spend a lot of time posting totally negative, venemous commenst about councils and councillors. If you dont like it, do something positive to make things better instead of moaning....what a bore!

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    Stephen Strange

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • SS. Yarmouth councillors can put pressure onto NCC to get lines on Mill Lane to stop the dangerous parking and don't forget some Yarmouth councillors are on the NCC. Plant was and he was on the highways department so why doesnt he do anything as he is supposed to represent Bradwell. Its because he couldn't be bothered, just like he could not be bothered to turn up and "welcome" voters at the polling station. What has he done for Bradwell ?. Still no answer from him. SS you don't know the workings of councils and who is - was on NCC from here. That is a sign of ignorance that you show.

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    "V"

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • V; You said " Get double yellows down Mill Lane". That's NCC and nowt to do with GY Councillors. GYBC Cant enforce lines that arent there! SHowing your ignorance and now trying to cover it up- perhaps you should be a politician?!

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    Stephen Strange

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • SS. But the parking wardens come under GYBC, who should be dealing with these ignorant idiots, dangerous parking. As for Plant. "Who puts GY first". You have hit the nail on the head SS. He doesnt put Bradwell first (the people who voted him in) but Yarmouth first.(because his resturant is there). Perhaps he should personally write to this rag and tell us what exactly he has done for Bradwell. (not through his cohorts and crawlers at the Tory party). He never turns up for parish council meetings. He never holds surgeries, and it is never publicised if he actually does anything.

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    "V"

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Henry the cat is correct- roads come under NCC, as does parking on roads (yellow lines). Graham Plant is, in my experience, a hard working councillor who puts GY first and his sentiments about party politics are spot on. The only waste of space here is "V" with his usual ignorant, cynical, ill-considered remarks

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    Stephen Strange

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Henry, you say you'll rip up your Labour Party card if they make a pact with UKIP. What about the deal between them at County Hall?

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    Old Hand

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Henry the cat. WRONG. Parking comes under GYBC.

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    "V"

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Well they could make a start by sorting out the housing and stop giving flats to every teenager that falls pregnant in the Borough. Then they could get a grip of their tenants and get those who don't, to start looking after their subsidised homes and gardens. The Borough is supposed to be hard up but spend a fortune on clearing up after people who are indifferent to the way they treat council housing stock.

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    BG

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • If Labour enters any kind of pact or agreement with UKIP, my party card will be going down the loo.

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    Henry the cat

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • As usual V has a lot to say, based on little knowledge. The roads are the responsibility of NCC not GYBC.

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    Henry the cat

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Its exactly the other way round, if Gt.Yarmouth political oligarchies want to serve those who live there, then they forget their party political squabbles and jump over their shadows and split loyalties. Gt. Yarmouth seems in limbo.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I think you shouldcut council tax by half atleast it is well to expensive.

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    Ashley Godber

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • As for Plant. Although voted on previously Bradwell residence never hear from him from one day to the next. No open surgeries either. He didnt even have the grace to attend the voting at the voting station. Yet another useless waste of space and money

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    "V"

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • WORK FOR THE PEOPLE ?. That will be a first. All Yarmouth councillors work for themselves, that seafront, then council tennants - estates in that order and stuff everyone else. Heres one for you Wainwright. Get double yellows down Mill Lane and stop those ignorant idiots parking dangerously and illegally, right on the corner of Blackbird Close - Mill Lane. No ? thought not. So much for you "working for the people".

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    "V"

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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