Blaenau Gwent chief to stay on as leader

South Wales Argus: NOT RESIGNING: Blaenau Gwent council leader Hedley McCarthy NOT RESIGNING: Blaenau Gwent council leader Hedley McCarthy

BLAENAU Gwent council leader Hedley McCarthy has categorically denied rumours of infighting within the majority Labour party group, and says he has no intention of resigning.

Last month minority group leader and Brynmawr councillor John Hopkins, a former leader of the council, asked Cllr McCarthy if he would be resigning in light of a Welsh Audit Office report which criticised leadership and decision making within the council as “still too inconsistent”.

The report, which was presented to members last month, said the council needs effective leadership, consistent management and delivery to ensure that the changes it is embarking on result in better outcomes for residents.

Speaking exclusively to the Argus, Cllr McCarthy said: “It’s institutional leadership that the report was referring to, which is both political and professional. I do not believe the report was referring solely to myself as leader – it’s referring to all aspects of leadership within the council, including executive members, officers and others.

“Cllr Hopkins is himself leader of the opposition and chairman of the social services and active living scrutiny committee too.”

“To be honest, it was a bit out of the blue. There are minority group members who are leaders – one is chairman of Democratic services.

“I did not take it particularly seriously but I have no intention of resigning.

“For me, the report was clearly referring to a collective responsibility of those in leadership positions across the council.

“I have taken them at their word of being a minority group, rather than an opposition group, and that we are all in this together.”

Former Labour party member Cllr Hopkins resigned as leader of the council in 2007 after he was told he would face and lose a vote of no confidence. He has since become leader of the independents.

Cllr McCarthy added: “I’m saying let’s work together and each take responsibility to put the council on a firm footing, which we intend to do.”

When asked about rumours of infighting and unrest within the majority Labour party, Cllr McCarthy said the party was in the best shape he had ever known it.

Tomorrow council members will discuss the revenue budget for 2014/15 and consider Phase 2 savings proposals.

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9:47am Wed 18 Dec 13

kez1968 says...

jokers to the left, clowns to the right of me... honestly we don't care about whether there's infighting amongst the Labour ranks or that heddy lemarr is not going to resign, as far as the people of this borough are concerned, the entire lot of you are a big joke, everyone of these inept, corrupt councillors you be sacked....
jokers to the left, clowns to the right of me... honestly we don't care about whether there's infighting amongst the Labour ranks or that heddy lemarr is not going to resign, as far as the people of this borough are concerned, the entire lot of you are a big joke, everyone of these inept, corrupt councillors you be sacked.... kez1968

10:59am Wed 18 Dec 13

county mad says...

They can be sacked its called voting DON'T VOTE FOR THIS CORRUPT PARTY vote independant these people have to justify themselves to the electors and not time serving in a corrupt selfserving dictatorship that Labour has become
They can be sacked its called voting DON'T VOTE FOR THIS CORRUPT PARTY vote independant these people have to justify themselves to the electors and not time serving in a corrupt selfserving dictatorship that Labour has become county mad

11:54am Wed 18 Dec 13

halfszdevil says...

Absolutely disgusting that we have so many councellors for a small region. How about they give all but 2 or 3 the chop, and there's their shortfall covered.
Absolutely disgusting that we have so many councellors for a small region. How about they give all but 2 or 3 the chop, and there's their shortfall covered. halfszdevil

12:01pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

He would say that wouldn't he.
Quote courtesy of Many Rice Davies.
He would say that wouldn't he. Quote courtesy of Many Rice Davies. Woodgnome

12:28pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

or even Mandy Rice Davies.
or even Mandy Rice Davies. Woodgnome

5:29pm Wed 18 Dec 13

county mad says...

Woodgnome wrote:
He would say that wouldn't he.
Quote courtesy of Many Rice Davies.
What there was more than one?
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: He would say that wouldn't he. Quote courtesy of Many Rice Davies.[/p][/quote]What there was more than one? county mad

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