Conservatives look to run Basingstoke and Deane as minority administration

Basingstoke Gazette: Councillor Clive Sanders hopes to lead a Conservative minority administration Buy this photo Councillor Clive Sanders hopes to lead a Conservative minority administration

THE borough’s Conservative group will attempt to run the council as a minority administration.

The Tories lost their majority control over Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at last Thursday’s election after losing one seat, bringing their total number of councillors to 29.

But following a group meeting on Tuesday evening, Councillor Clive Sanders, who has been leading the administration since February 2012, told The Gazette he hopes to carry on serving residents in the borough as council leader and aims to govern with his current Conservative-controlled administration.

All 60 councillors will now vote on whether to support this option at a full council meeting next Thursday.

If the party gets the go-ahead, there will be changes to the cabinet following the decision by Robert Donnell, former Cabinet member for environment and climate change, to not stand for re-election.

Speaking yesterday, Cllr Sanders told The Gazette: “The group asked me if I would put myself forward as leader so that is what I will do.

“They came to this view because the majority of the votes cast in the election were for the Conservatives, and we are the biggest group still.

“It would be the intention to continue as the administration because that’s what the people of Basingstoke want to happen.”

When asked if he could lose control of the borough council, Cllr Sanders added: “Theoretically, it is possible, but it would look strange if you find the Liberal Democrats wanting to team up with Labour when they have spent the last five weeks telling everyone they are different.”

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4:13pm Thu 29 May 14

Hiliter says...

Surprise, surprise the Lib Dems are going to prop up the Tory Administration again.
You might hope that Cllr Gavin James and his small band of Councillors would learn from the lessons of the coalition nationally.
The reducing number of the Electorate who actually voted Lib Dem recently will ask themselves - why did I vote Lib Dem when I could have had a real Tory !
Surprise, surprise the Lib Dems are going to prop up the Tory Administration again. You might hope that Cllr Gavin James and his small band of Councillors would learn from the lessons of the coalition nationally. The reducing number of the Electorate who actually voted Lib Dem recently will ask themselves - why did I vote Lib Dem when I could have had a real Tory ! Hiliter
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Thu 29 May 14

Independent16 says...

Two parties working together after a election campaign would look strange?? ...ohh my bad ..now I remember
Two parties working together after a election campaign would look strange?? ...ohh my bad ..now I remember Independent16
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5:27pm Thu 29 May 14

Hiliter says...

No problem with two parties working together for the good of the people they serve.But you would think they would have similar agendas to do so.The Lib Dems used to describe themselves as a centre left,reforming party perhaps more radical than the modern Labour Party.
Surely they can't have much in common with the Tory party locally under Cllr Saunder's leadership, who is dismissive of the idea of opposition parties working together.
Perhaps he already has the support of the Lib Dems guaranteed.
No problem with two parties working together for the good of the people they serve.But you would think they would have similar agendas to do so.The Lib Dems used to describe themselves as a centre left,reforming party perhaps more radical than the modern Labour Party. Surely they can't have much in common with the Tory party locally under Cllr Saunder's leadership, who is dismissive of the idea of opposition parties working together. Perhaps he already has the support of the Lib Dems guaranteed. Hiliter
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3:52pm Fri 30 May 14

Ambivalent says...

I would urge anyone who hasn't already, and is interested in the workings of the council and councillors, to spend some time watching the webcasts of council meetings on the Basingstoke Council website. There is a record of all meetings going back over a year. Watching these can be a real eye opener and I believe shows clearly how (and how hard) councillors work, who they represent and what they really believe in, whether they are representing all the population of Basingstoke, or just some and if they are truly fighting for what they say.
I would also urge people if they are disillusioned with National Politics (and I'm certainly one of those) then consider voting in Local Politics for the people you believe are working for the good of Basingstoke as a whole regardless of their political affiliation.
I would urge anyone who hasn't already, and is interested in the workings of the council and councillors, to spend some time watching the webcasts of council meetings on the Basingstoke Council website. There is a record of all meetings going back over a year. Watching these can be a real eye opener and I believe shows clearly how (and how hard) councillors work, who they represent and what they really believe in, whether they are representing all the population of Basingstoke, or just some and if they are truly fighting for what they say. I would also urge people if they are disillusioned with National Politics (and I'm certainly one of those) then consider voting in Local Politics for the people you believe are working for the good of Basingstoke as a whole regardless of their political affiliation. Ambivalent
  • Score: 6

11:22am Sat 31 May 14

jonone says...

Maybe if more locals had got off their backsides and voted, this might not be happening? Worth noting that in the areas with more "poorer" people/lower social classes, the turnout is much lower, yet these areas generally generate the most moaning about "unfairness" of life.
Maybe if more locals had got off their backsides and voted, this might not be happening? Worth noting that in the areas with more "poorer" people/lower social classes, the turnout is much lower, yet these areas generally generate the most moaning about "unfairness" of life. jonone
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Sat 31 May 14

Upontheroof says...

What's the point?
The Tory Borough Councillors have proved they are just sheep, are not creative and simply just do as they are told by the head poncho in London.

Like it or not they don't do much for the local community ....
What's the point? The Tory Borough Councillors have proved they are just sheep, are not creative and simply just do as they are told by the head poncho in London. Like it or not they don't do much for the local community .... Upontheroof
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Sun 1 Jun 14

deepinsight says...

Head Poncho?

There's an interesting idea, where's my crochet hook?
Head Poncho? There's an interesting idea, where's my crochet hook? deepinsight
  • Score: 3

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