Newport Tory leader Matthew Evans to stand down to become mayor

STANDING DOWN: Cllr Matthew Evans head of the Conservative group on Newport council

STANDING DOWN: Cllr Matthew Evans head of the Conservative group on Newport council

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THE head of the Tory group on Newport council says he is to stand down as leader in April after it was confirmed he would be the next mayor of Newport.

Allt-yr-Yn councillor Matthew Evans, leader of the opposition, will take over as mayor from Caerleon Labour councillor Cliff Suller next May after he was nominated as mayor elect for 2014/15 at the last council meeting.

Cllr Evans said he wouldn’t be able to do the two roles but said he’d like to return to the helm of the Newport council Tory group after his stint as Mayor.

Senior Tory Cllr David Fouweather, also of Allt-yr-Yn ward, has said that he would be putting his name forward for the role of leader.

“It’s truly a great honour,” said Cllr Evans, aged 50. “And I’m looking forward very much to the year ahead and the opportunities to meet numerous people from businesses to charity workers”.

Cllr Evans said he has asked Langstone Conservative councillor David Atwell to be his deputy mayor.

He said he was looking at what charities to support, saying he would try to visit a couple of those who had already been in touch with him to make his mind up over the next few weeks.

Cllr Evans added that he couldn’t be Tory group leader and mayor at the same time.

“Obviously I can’t do the two roles,” he said. “I will stand down as leader of the opposition at our annual general meeting in April.”

He said he would like to return to the position but added: “We are a democratic party and that will be up to the group to decide if they want me back.”

The decision will be down to a secret ballot of Tory councillors, he said, and it was not up to him to recommend anybody. Newport mayors are chosen through a system of seniority, with the longest serving councillor who hasn’t been mayor taking up the position.

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1:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

A Tory Mayor...Great Uhg!
A Tory Mayor...Great Uhg! Jonnytrouble
  • Score: -11

3:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Perhaps Mr Evans will call time on his usual desperate attempts at political points-scoring when he's mayor...unlikely though!
Perhaps Mr Evans will call time on his usual desperate attempts at political points-scoring when he's mayor...unlikely though! BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -11

3:15pm Mon 6 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Perhaps Mr Evans will call time on his usual desperate attempts at political points-scoring when he's mayor...unlikely though!
It's a fair enough point, but they all do.

I'm certainly no Tory (never have been, never will be), but I can't fit a Rizla paper between Labour and Tory these days. They're all as bad as each other. The party politics grates with me and I think all councillors would be better off as independents making decisions based on personal beliefs rather than serving as little more than gang members acting under orders.
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mr Evans will call time on his usual desperate attempts at political points-scoring when he's mayor...unlikely though![/p][/quote]It's a fair enough point, but they all do. I'm certainly no Tory (never have been, never will be), but I can't fit a Rizla paper between Labour and Tory these days. They're all as bad as each other. The party politics grates with me and I think all councillors would be better off as independents making decisions based on personal beliefs rather than serving as little more than gang members acting under orders. DavidMclean
  • Score: 6

3:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Perhaps Mr Evans will call time on his usual desperate attempts at political points-scoring when he's mayor...unlikely though!
Pot calling kettle methinks.
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mr Evans will call time on his usual desperate attempts at political points-scoring when he's mayor...unlikely though![/p][/quote]Pot calling kettle methinks. Woodgnome
  • Score: 10

1:31am Tue 7 Jan 14

Banjalucka says...

It is usual for the Mayor to be neutral particularly when chairing council meetings.
I can't see that changing when Matt Evans is in the seat.
Yes generally the LEADER of any party will stand down for a year when mayor.
BUT there was one non-participant of this in late 80's. One Sir Harry Jones, who kept labour leader, amd chairman of a senior committee . One can imagine what chaos this caused at the Civic,
It is usual for the Mayor to be neutral particularly when chairing council meetings. I can't see that changing when Matt Evans is in the seat. Yes generally the LEADER of any party will stand down for a year when mayor. BUT there was one non-participant of this in late 80's. One Sir Harry Jones, who kept labour leader, amd chairman of a senior committee . One can imagine what chaos this caused at the Civic, Banjalucka
  • Score: 7

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