Brentwood Accord based on ‘hatred’ of Conservatives, says Tory leader

08:00 06 June 2014

Cllr Barry Aspinell

Cllr Barry Aspinell


Opposition parties on Brentwood Council have formed an alliance to snatch control of the authority – based on the “joint hatred” of the ruling Conservatives, according to the former council leader.

Cllr Louise McKinlayCllr Louise McKinlay

Conservative Cllr Louise McKinlay, who was ejected from power after the pact was made, claimed there was a history of “animosity” between the members who will now form the administration.

The Tories lost four seats to opposition parties at last month’s local election, leaving them with 18 councillors and no overall majority.

The Liberal Democrats are seven seats behind with 11, Labour has three, Brentwood First four and there is one independent councillor.

But all the opposition councillors have formed the “Brentwood Accord”, a coalition against the Conservatives, to take control of the council.

Cllr McKinlay hit back against the alliance that has put an end to 10 years of Conservative rule.

She said: “The opposition are united purely against the Conservatives. You cannot run a council on joint hatred for an opposing political group.

“They have no policy convergence and there’s a history of animosity between individuals.

“Conservatives are the main party on the council and we won more seats than any other party.

“To exclude us and go ahead with the alliance is not respecting Brentwood residents’ wishes.”

Brentwood’s Lib-Dem leader Cllr Barry Aspinell is set to be elected as the Accord’s leader at Wednesday’s council meeting.

He admitted that he was not “bosom buddies” with all his new colleagues but said he would form a professional relationship.

He said: “We want to take Brentwood forward. I can only see that we’ll be working well together. I’ve been around for an awful long time and I trust people until they prove to me otherwise. We’ll have a working agreement and we respect each other in our various ways.

“We will never be bosom buddies but we will put Brentwood first.”

Read more:

“Dysfunctional” and “vexatious” behaviour causing low staff morale in Brentwood Council, says damning report

Brentwood Lib Dem leader claims peer review is ‘cobblers’

Brentwood councillor attacks Essex County Council proposals to slash youth service funding

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:15
Fly-tipping in Little Gerpins Lane

Fly-tippers blocked Little Gerpins Lane, in Upminster, with rubbish, just one minute away from Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Yesterday, 16:31
Police are appealing for information

A terrifying late-night attack left two teenagers in hospital after they were hit by a car and then assaulted by three men who got out of it.

Yesterday, 16:17
View of London City Airport from the sky Picture: Andrew Holt

Campaign groups have expressed their opposition to the decision to allow a 30per cent increase in planes to fly over parts of Havering.

Yesterday, 15:46
Elm Park Merry Minon Christmas celebration. Elexis Woodhall, seven with minons

Minions worked to ensure festive fun was had by all in Elm Park on Friday.

Yesterday, 15:19
The Rubettes Featuring Alan Williams

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the nights get darker, gifts are being bought and the radio is full of classic hits.

Yesterday, 13:14
Scargill Infant School pupils with K-9 staff

Animal-loving youngsters were taught how to look after their pets when a dog rescue charity visited their school.

Yesterday, 13:02
Junior doctors have voted in favour of strike action (Pic:PA)

Junior doctors voted in favour of strike action over contract changes proposed by the Health Secretary.

Yesterday, 07:00
Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford

Medical staff working in Havering and Redbridge were the victims of more than 400 physical assaults over the past 12 months.

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder