I stood for election as a councillor because I want to make a difference, and I am very grateful to my fellow residents of Pound Hill North for putting their faith in me.
However, after my first meeting, which was the Annual Council meeting, it is clear that the controlling Labour party have no intentions of sharing responsibilities.
The balance of power in Crawley is the closest its ever been. With 19 Labour councillors (51%) together with 18 Conservative councillors (49%). On Friday it was decided that the Conservative councillors of Crawley should hold no chair or vice-chair positions on any of the major committees.
Maybe I was politically naïve? I believed that as an elected representative I would be able to shape the decision making, in line with the views of the people who voted for me, and not be excluded simply because of my political allegiance.Whilst, what Labour have done is technically within the rules, it demonstrates a self-centred ‘selfish’ approach.
When Crawley had a Conservative council, decisions were made for the benefit of the town and positions were given to the Labour opposition. These positions ensured that Crawley residents and supporters of all political parties were fairly represented. Both sides claim, they want to do the best for the people of Crawley, but I have real concerns that Labour creating a closed shop at the Town Hall will not accomplish this.
Kevan McCarthy, Crawley Borough Council (Con, Pound Hill North)
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