Search

Opposition take top seats in Havering Council

13:17 13 June 2014

Romford MP Andrew Rosindel labeled the new deputy Mayor Cllr Barbara Matthews a

Romford MP Andrew Rosindel labeled the new deputy Mayor Cllr Barbara Matthews a 'hypocrite'

Archant

Opposition councillors are among those who have taken top posts at the council, leading to the deputy mayor being labelled a “hypocrite”.

MP Andrew Rosindell, 48MP Andrew Rosindell, 48

Conservative Roger Ramsey was sworn in as leader of the Tory minority council at the Town Hall in Romford on Wednesday night and he selected Cllr Damian White as his deputy.

Cllr Ramsey said his appointment was an “honour and a privilege” but he warned that, while austerity in the last four years had been felt mainly within the council, and not on members of the public, the tough decisions to come may leave the situation “somewhat different”.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Eric Munday then stepped down to make way for Conservative Linda Trew to take the mayoralty for the upcoming municipal year.

She picked RA Cllr Barbara Matthews to be her deputy. However, Romford Tory MP Andrew Rosindell described Cllr Matthews’ acceptance of the post as “hypocritical”.

The new cabinet members in Havering Town Hall chamber. Cllr Meg Davis was unavailable.The new cabinet members in Havering Town Hall chamber. Cllr Meg Davis was unavailable.

After the meeting, he said: “Barbara Matthews, I can’t believe the hypocrisy. She said she would never work with the Romford Conservatives but as soon as she gets the chance she relinquishes her stance and takes the job.”

Cllr Matthews admitted she has been an opponent of Romford Conservatives but denies that she has taken an offer from them. Rather she has taken a politically-neutral role from Cllr Trew.

“Andrew Rosindell is being ridiculous. She’s not the Conservative mayor, she’s the Mayor of Havering. He brings politics into everything – I dare to say he’s even got a blue toothbrush,” she said.

Bargaining in the lead-up to the meeting saw a decision to make opposition members the chairmen of committees.

Cllr Ramsey said this was to “avoid tensions” that would make working together more “difficult”.

Conservative, Ukip, RA, IRG and Labour councillors will head committees.

All cabinet posts went to Conservative councillors.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

07:00
Elliott Ready with his drawings

An autistic boy has been using his passion for drawing to save a charity.

Yesterday, 18:43
Collapsed house in Collier Row

Neighbours have spoken of their horror after a house under refurbishment collapsed, saying it looks like a “bomb has gone off”.

Yesterday, 17:04
The car fire in Rush Green. Picture: Michael Christiansen

These dramatic shots show a car being consumed by a fireball in Rush Green last night.

Yesterday, 16:39
Paul Hannaford's anti knife crime campaign

A former gang member is determined to warn teens against a life of crime.

Most read news

WW100

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

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

A man who was dubbed a ‘hot criminal’ has won a modelling contract.

Andrew Mitchell’s wallet is £80,000 lighter today, and his political reputation is in tatters.

His girlfriend has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.