Newport mayor Matthew Evans' Twitter account 'went down' after Obama row

NO WELCOME ROLE: The Mayor of Newport Cllr Matthew Evans won't be greeting President Obama

NO WELCOME ROLE: The Mayor of Newport Cllr Matthew Evans won't be greeting President Obama

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UPDATE: 5.27pm

Conservative councillor David Fouweather, leader of the opposition, said: “The mayor is the first citizen – he is our representative. It’s a pretty poor show, really. He should be there to greet Mr Cameron and Mr Obama. He should be there in preference to the leader of the council. I would be surprised if Bob Bright wasn’t going.”

He criticised the decision to delete Mayor Evan’s tweets as an attempt to “stifle debate”.

A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said she could not advise whether a council representative would be greeting delegates as Number 10 Downing Street issued the invitations.

UPDATE: 4.32pm

A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said “The party greeting world leaders at the Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday and the dignitaries attending the school visits were all invited by No. 10 Downing Street.

"The council had no involvement whatsoever in who should be invited as they are not civic functions. However, the Mayor has been invited and will be attending a reception at the Celtic Manor Resort hosted by HRH Prince Charles on Thursday evening, as is customary with Royal visits.

“The personal tweets from Councillor Evans were removed because it was inappropriate for the mayor’s council twitter account to be used in this way. The account should not be used to express personal opinions either about Nato visits or any other matters.”

She added the council had not suspended the mayoral account, adding: “We haven’t been aware that it has been unavailable.”

UPDATE: 4.25pm

Matthew Evans said that his official mayoral Twitter account was temporarily out of action this afternoon.

He would not be drawn on whether he thought the council had suspended the @mayorofnewport account, telling the Argus to ask the council whether this was the case.

He said: “I think it was temporarily out of order. I’m still having my words with the council to try to resolve it. There seems to have been a problem. At the moment I’m tweeting from Matthew Evans [his personal Twitter account].

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m just going to go on with my job. I have got important things to do, to raise the profile of the city and raise money for charity. I’m going to get clarification from the council – I think there’s a disagreement of what the Twitter account is there for.”

He said he was “not sure” of the reason his account was briefly out of action this afternoon but added: “The council does have control over it.”

The Twitter account is currently online.

Newport City Council has been approached for a comment.

UPDATE: 12.50pm

THE mayor of Newport will not welcome Barack Obama or David Cameron to the Nato summit - and mayor Matthew Evans said the council had deleted tweets he wrote describing his disappointment at not greeting delegates.

Matthew Evans said: “I can confirm that I will not have a role in welcoming delegates to the host city, or to any of the schools they might visit. I heard that this morning – I was told the mayor would not have any involvement in events going on.”

After he took to the mayor’s official Twitter feed to tell people, his tweets later disappeared from the timeline.

Cllr Evans said: “My tweets have been removed by the council. They just told me there were removing it because it’s not the council’s position. The account is owned by the council.”

But he said: “I only stated the facts. I think they are upset about the retweets. I thought the whole point of engaging with people is they are entitled to express their opinions. It wasn’t my decision to remove the tweets.

“I’m assuming the decision [for the mayor not to have a role] was probably made at Number 10. I’m understandably disappointed not to have the opportunity to welcome them, particularly as they’re visiting schools within the city. Ultimately, I’m a figurehead. Life will go on and I shall continue with other engagements.

“If we have a royal visit or anything else to the city or council premises, there’s a clear protocol and the mayor, as Newport’s first citizen, is invited. But I suppose this is no ordinary event. These things are decided at a much higher level than me. I’m here to promote the city and do what I can.”

As the official mayor’s Twitter account was set up by the council, Cllr Evans said he supposed the council had a right to remove the tweets.

He added: “To be honest, I have got better things to do than spend my time having disputes with the council.

“The last few months I have lost track of the amount of people who have said, ‘I’m sure you will be looking forward to welcoming delegates.’ I was just stating facts.”

He would still be welcoming Prince Charles at a reception at the Celtic Manor tomorrow evening, he said.

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1:08pm Wed 3 Sep 14

the dennis says...

So who is going then??
So who is going then?? the dennis
  • Score: 9

1:09pm Wed 3 Sep 14

the dennis says...

Bob bright? the backstabbing sh.......
Bob bright? the backstabbing sh....... the dennis
  • Score: 33

1:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

LondonWelsh63 says...

Well Well Well

What a surprise
Well Well Well What a surprise LondonWelsh63
  • Score: 10

1:15pm Wed 3 Sep 14

LondonWelsh63 says...

I suggest the Mayor sets up his own Twitter account and the Council explain why the Mayor of the City that is ' hosting 'this event is not meeting the main players.,

This is all about the Celtic Manor/WAG and filling it's coffers nothing about Newprt or Cardiff city councils

They have had no say in anything concerning this event- this much is now obvious
I suggest the Mayor sets up his own Twitter account and the Council explain why the Mayor of the City that is ' hosting 'this event is not meeting the main players., This is all about the Celtic Manor/WAG and filling it's coffers nothing about Newprt or Cardiff city councils They have had no say in anything concerning this event- this much is now obvious LondonWelsh63
  • Score: 43

1:19pm Wed 3 Sep 14

AmberGal says...

It's because he is Mayor of Newport not Mayor of 'Vale of Usk, Cardiff' which is where the summit is being held!!!
It's because he is Mayor of Newport not Mayor of 'Vale of Usk, Cardiff' which is where the summit is being held!!! AmberGal
  • Score: 26

1:22pm Wed 3 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

What a load of nonsense! The Mayor is understandably disappointed and lets Newport citizens know he is, and this is somehow frowned upon by the council.

Freedom of speech and expression is obviously not a popular concept with the nodding dogs down there at the Civic Centre. Toeing the party line is what it's all about.

Of course this is nothing compared to the clueless attitude whereby they couldn't foresee that deleting the tweets would only end up amplifying the story by causing a more newsworthy stir. Well done guys! Market leading PR again!
What a load of nonsense! The Mayor is understandably disappointed and lets Newport citizens know he is, and this is somehow frowned upon by the council. Freedom of speech and expression is obviously not a popular concept with the nodding dogs down there at the Civic Centre. Toeing the party line is what it's all about. Of course this is nothing compared to the clueless attitude whereby they couldn't foresee that deleting the tweets would only end up amplifying the story by causing a more newsworthy stir. Well done guys! Market leading PR again! DavidMclean
  • Score: 48

1:46pm Wed 3 Sep 14

the competition man says...

Will the Mayor of Cardiff be their?
Will the Mayor of Cardiff be their? the competition man
  • Score: 20

1:56pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

Maybe Matthew Evans is a security risk as Mayor?
Maybe Matthew Evans is a security risk as Mayor? Banjalucka
  • Score: 13

2:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

the competition man wrote:
Will the Mayor of Cardiff be their?
That'll be interesting to find out. However, they have a Lord Mayor in Cardiff, which is considerably higher up the ladder than the type of mayor we have here in Newport, so not a fair comparison.
[quote][p][bold]the competition man[/bold] wrote: Will the Mayor of Cardiff be their?[/p][/quote]That'll be interesting to find out. However, they have a Lord Mayor in Cardiff, which is considerably higher up the ladder than the type of mayor we have here in Newport, so not a fair comparison. DavidMclean
  • Score: -3

2:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

LondonWelsh63 says...

The event is supposed to be being held in NEWPORT not Cardiff
Lord Mayor or not
The event is supposed to be being held in NEWPORT not Cardiff Lord Mayor or not LondonWelsh63
  • Score: 21

2:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

grandmammamia says...

DavidMclean wrote:
What a load of nonsense! The Mayor is understandably disappointed and lets Newport citizens know he is, and this is somehow frowned upon by the council.

Freedom of speech and expression is obviously not a popular concept with the nodding dogs down there at the Civic Centre. Toeing the party line is what it's all about.

Of course this is nothing compared to the clueless attitude whereby they couldn't foresee that deleting the tweets would only end up amplifying the story by causing a more newsworthy stir. Well done guys! Market leading PR again!
Spot on! I would have thought good manners would have led to him being invited to welcome the summit at least. He doesn't have to stop. Possibly the thinking was that as it's essentially a Board meeting for CEOs of a company, the mayor wouldn't be invited. Conferences are held in many places but the mayor doesn't go along. This is different,it's being sold as something wonderful and beneficial to the city and to Wales. We're also not normally notified when AGMs or whatever are being held here. Plus the attendant circus for the past few weeks shows it's ''special''.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: What a load of nonsense! The Mayor is understandably disappointed and lets Newport citizens know he is, and this is somehow frowned upon by the council. Freedom of speech and expression is obviously not a popular concept with the nodding dogs down there at the Civic Centre. Toeing the party line is what it's all about. Of course this is nothing compared to the clueless attitude whereby they couldn't foresee that deleting the tweets would only end up amplifying the story by causing a more newsworthy stir. Well done guys! Market leading PR again![/p][/quote]Spot on! I would have thought good manners would have led to him being invited to welcome the summit at least. He doesn't have to stop. Possibly the thinking was that as it's essentially a Board meeting for CEOs of a company, the mayor wouldn't be invited. Conferences are held in many places but the mayor doesn't go along. This is different,it's being sold as something wonderful and beneficial to the city and to Wales. We're also not normally notified when AGMs or whatever are being held here. Plus the attendant circus for the past few weeks shows it's ''special''. grandmammamia
  • Score: 9

3:09pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

There is no difference between Mayor and Lord Mayor in practice, just sounds better.
There is no difference between Mayor and Lord Mayor in practice, just sounds better. Banjalucka
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Wed 3 Sep 14

rogiemassive says...

Censored by Newport City council. The NATO Summit is closer to Putin than they realise.
Censored by Newport City council. The NATO Summit is closer to Putin than they realise. rogiemassive
  • Score: 10

3:38pm Wed 3 Sep 14

snafu1 says...

Mr Evans ,you know where you are in the grand scheme of things and it a,int near the top table.
Mr Evans ,you know where you are in the grand scheme of things and it a,int near the top table. snafu1
  • Score: 5

3:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

Banjalucka wrote:
There is no difference between Mayor and Lord Mayor in practice, just sounds better.
There's a huge difference in status.

A major is the highest ranking council official, whereas a Lord Mayor is the Crown's representative and the most senior citizen after a Lord Lieutenant.
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: There is no difference between Mayor and Lord Mayor in practice, just sounds better.[/p][/quote]There's a huge difference in status. A major is the highest ranking council official, whereas a Lord Mayor is the Crown's representative and the most senior citizen after a Lord Lieutenant. DavidMclean
  • Score: 1

3:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

rogiemassive says...

the competition man wrote:
Will the Mayor of Cardiff be their?
Be their what ?
Waiter...
chauffeur...


ohhhh , you mean 'there'..... great grammar
[quote][p][bold]the competition man[/bold] wrote: Will the Mayor of Cardiff be their?[/p][/quote]Be their what ? Waiter... chauffeur... ohhhh , you mean 'there'..... great grammar rogiemassive
  • Score: 24

3:53pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Irrespective of your politics, the Mayor is the first citizen of the host city Newport. It is a snub to the people not to invite our Mayor!
Irrespective of your politics, the Mayor is the first citizen of the host city Newport. It is a snub to the people not to invite our Mayor! Monmouthshire Merlin
  • Score: 29

4:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

Monmouthshire Merlin wrote:
Irrespective of your politics, the Mayor is the first citizen of the host city Newport. It is a snub to the people not to invite our Mayor!
Yup! Would be interesting to know who has actually done the snubbing here. Is it the NATO organisation or was the snub more of a local issue?

It certainly seems to be steamrollering over usual protocol.

I know the invite to Mr Obama was made by Stephen Bowen, one of the local Community Councillors, and he should be congratulated on his initiative and success. But surely usual protocol needs to be adhered to?
[quote][p][bold]Monmouthshire Merlin[/bold] wrote: Irrespective of your politics, the Mayor is the first citizen of the host city Newport. It is a snub to the people not to invite our Mayor![/p][/quote]Yup! Would be interesting to know who has actually done the snubbing here. Is it the NATO organisation or was the snub more of a local issue? It certainly seems to be steamrollering over usual protocol. I know the invite to Mr Obama was made by Stephen Bowen, one of the local Community Councillors, and he should be congratulated on his initiative and success. But surely usual protocol needs to be adhered to? DavidMclean
  • Score: 0

5:20pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Brynglas Tunneller says...

Calm calm, calm down everyone. Now let's just take a deep breath and wait to hear what Cllr. Chris Evans has to say on this very important matter. He generally has a valued opinion on almost everything in the Argus-he's in there twice today-so let's wait to get his considered view is before flying off the handle and perhaps getting Matt and maybe the rest of us flung into The Tower of London ....
Calm calm, calm down everyone. Now let's just take a deep breath and wait to hear what Cllr. Chris Evans has to say on this very important matter. He generally has a valued opinion on almost everything in the Argus-he's in there twice today-so let's wait to get his considered view is before flying off the handle and perhaps getting Matt and maybe the rest of us flung into The Tower of London .... Brynglas Tunneller
  • Score: 2

6:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said "The account should not be used to express personal opinions either about Nato visits or any other matters."

The problem with making that statement is; to be consistent from now on the Mayor cannot now use the Twitter account to say things like "What a delight it is to see the efforts these children have made..." or "I am very proud of the efforts made to raise money for this important charity...", all of which would be 'personal opinions'.
A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said "The [Mayor's Twitter] account should not be used to express personal opinions either about Nato visits or any other matters." The problem with making that statement is; to be consistent from now on the Mayor cannot now use the Twitter account to say things like "What a delight it is to see the efforts these children have made..." or "I am very proud of the efforts made to raise money for this important charity...", all of which would be 'personal opinions'. DavidMclean
  • Score: 12

8:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Mr.Jolly. says...

Awwww Diddums poor Mayor missing his free meal ticket.
Awwww Diddums poor Mayor missing his free meal ticket. Mr.Jolly.
  • Score: -27

8:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sweetiepie says...

Mr.Jolly. wrote:
Awwww Diddums poor Mayor missing his free meal ticket.
I'd be annoyed too! Not so much the free meal bit.

He should be the main guy, the person at the front of the imaginary gates into Newport, standing there proud saying "Welcome to our wonderful city".

The only excuse I would believe should make this reasonable is if he's some kind of threat, but surely that would also make his position of Mayor questionable too?
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Jolly.[/bold] wrote: Awwww Diddums poor Mayor missing his free meal ticket.[/p][/quote]I'd be annoyed too! Not so much the free meal bit. He should be the main guy, the person at the front of the imaginary gates into Newport, standing there proud saying "Welcome to our wonderful city". The only excuse I would believe should make this reasonable is if he's some kind of threat, but surely that would also make his position of Mayor questionable too? sweetiepie
  • Score: 11

8:16pm Wed 3 Sep 14

DGee123 says...

"A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said she could not advise whether a council representative would be greeting delegates as *Number 10 Downing Street* issued the invitations. "

Leave it to Cameron's lot to exclude the peasants, even if they're wearing the same colour rosette.
"A spokeswoman for Newport City Council said she could not advise whether a council representative would be greeting delegates as *Number 10 Downing Street* issued the invitations. " Leave it to Cameron's lot to exclude the peasants, even if they're wearing the same colour rosette. DGee123
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sallyw says...

First there was no mention of Newport on the offical NATO banner, now the mayor has not been issued with an invitation to greet the delegates, not very diplomatic is it?
First there was no mention of Newport on the offical NATO banner, now the mayor has not been issued with an invitation to greet the delegates, not very diplomatic is it? sallyw
  • Score: 8

8:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Independentvoter says...

Did the people of Newport elect evans as our Mayor of Newport ? NO THEY DID NOT !!! The role was passed on by some labour guys..... time for a change..... !
Did the people of Newport elect evans as our Mayor of Newport ? NO THEY DID NOT !!! The role was passed on by some labour guys..... time for a change..... ! Independentvoter
  • Score: -5

8:36pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sallyw says...

AmberGal wrote:
It's because he is Mayor of Newport not Mayor of 'Vale of Usk, Cardiff' which is where the summit is being held!!!
Why do people keep peddling this myth? The Celtic Manor's own webstie has the address The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley,
NEWPORT, South Wales, NP18 1HQ, United Kingdom, which is absolutely correct as Newport is in the Usk Valley.
[quote][p][bold]AmberGal[/bold] wrote: It's because he is Mayor of Newport not Mayor of 'Vale of Usk, Cardiff' which is where the summit is being held!!![/p][/quote]Why do people keep peddling this myth? The Celtic Manor's own webstie has the address The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, NEWPORT, South Wales, NP18 1HQ, United Kingdom, which is absolutely correct as Newport is in the Usk Valley. sallyw
  • Score: 5

8:38pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sallyw says...

*website - typo - don't want the spelling police on my back
*website - typo - don't want the spelling police on my back sallyw
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

David MacLean - In Wakes at least there is no difference between a Mayor and Lord Mayor. They have no more powers than each other and it is njothing to do with the Crown, except maybe that the council needs permissio0n to add 'Lord'. It only applies to cities and Newpoirt is a city. London arrangements are totally different and have two Mayors - one for council another for trades anjd professions(Annual parade etc)
David MacLean - In Wakes at least there is no difference between a Mayor and Lord Mayor. They have no more powers than each other and it is njothing to do with the Crown, except maybe that the council needs permissio0n to add 'Lord'. It only applies to cities and Newpoirt is a city. London arrangements are totally different and have two Mayors - one for council another for trades anjd professions(Annual parade etc) Banjalucka
  • Score: 0

9:48pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Newport2014 says...

Newport Cllr Matthew Evans looks like a weird bloke. Same Old SAME OLD Newport "pathetic" council!
Newport Cllr Matthew Evans looks like a weird bloke. Same Old SAME OLD Newport "pathetic" council! Newport2014
  • Score: 1

10:47pm Wed 3 Sep 14

JanJenkins says...

DavidMclean wrote:
What a load of nonsense! The Mayor is understandably disappointed and lets Newport citizens know he is, and this is somehow frowned upon by the council.

Freedom of speech and expression is obviously not a popular concept with the nodding dogs down there at the Civic Centre. Toeing the party line is what it's all about.

Of course this is nothing compared to the clueless attitude whereby they couldn't foresee that deleting the tweets would only end up amplifying the story by causing a more newsworthy stir. Well done guys! Market leading PR again!
Downing street says the Council of the Newport Area got nothing to do with asking NATO here. So why are we paying for it to be put on then, and not Downing street . They definitely have deeper pockets than the people of Newport and Caerleon.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: What a load of nonsense! The Mayor is understandably disappointed and lets Newport citizens know he is, and this is somehow frowned upon by the council. Freedom of speech and expression is obviously not a popular concept with the nodding dogs down there at the Civic Centre. Toeing the party line is what it's all about. Of course this is nothing compared to the clueless attitude whereby they couldn't foresee that deleting the tweets would only end up amplifying the story by causing a more newsworthy stir. Well done guys! Market leading PR again![/p][/quote]Downing street says the Council of the Newport Area got nothing to do with asking NATO here. So why are we paying for it to be put on then, and not Downing street . They definitely have deeper pockets than the people of Newport and Caerleon. JanJenkins
  • Score: -5

12:04am Thu 4 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

JanJenkins.- We are not paying apart from inconvenience. Gov paying - i hope!!
JanJenkins.- We are not paying apart from inconvenience. Gov paying - i hope!! Banjalucka
  • Score: 2

11:00am Thu 4 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

I see Bob Bright has been pictured at the door of the Celtic Manor ready to greet visiting dignitaries - like a desperate teenager waiting by the backstage door to get an autograph from One Direction.

I had a little bit of sick in my mouth when I saw the picture.

I think we can now get an idea of the real workings behind Mayor-Gate (as I've dubbed it). Old Labour Bob no doubt wanted the glory over the Tory Mayor who has been such a thorn in his side.
I see Bob Bright has been pictured at the door of the Celtic Manor ready to greet visiting dignitaries - like a desperate teenager waiting by the backstage door to get an autograph from One Direction. I had a little bit of sick in my mouth when I saw the picture. I think we can now get an idea of the real workings behind Mayor-Gate (as I've dubbed it). Old Labour Bob no doubt wanted the glory over the Tory Mayor who has been such a thorn in his side. DavidMclean
  • Score: 11

11:01am Thu 4 Sep 14

toby250609 says...

Banjalucka wrote:
JanJenkins.- We are not paying apart from inconvenience. Gov paying - i hope!!
Laugh! I nearly choked on my cornflakes this morning whilst reading the Argus reporting that the Mayor is upset at not being invited to meet Mr Obama. Welcome to the real world Mr Evans of being an unknown in the circus known as NATO, near Usk or valley or Cardiff. I expect the media will call it "NATO at the Port of New" to put a twist on it. Just like the rest of us city folk you are a minion!
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: JanJenkins.- We are not paying apart from inconvenience. Gov paying - i hope!![/p][/quote]Laugh! I nearly choked on my cornflakes this morning whilst reading the Argus reporting that the Mayor is upset at not being invited to meet Mr Obama. Welcome to the real world Mr Evans of being an unknown in the circus known as NATO, near Usk or valley or Cardiff. I expect the media will call it "NATO at the Port of New" to put a twist on it. Just like the rest of us city folk you are a minion! toby250609
  • Score: 0

11:07am Thu 4 Sep 14

DavidMclean says...

Banjalucka wrote:
David MacLean - In Wakes at least there is no difference between a Mayor and Lord Mayor. They have no more powers than each other and it is njothing to do with the Crown, except maybe that the council needs permissio0n to add 'Lord'. It only applies to cities and Newpoirt is a city. London arrangements are totally different and have two Mayors - one for council another for trades anjd professions(Annual parade etc)
Some inaccuracies in your post there.

It's true that neither type of mayor has any real power, but the role isn't about power.

And councils don't get to decide whether a mayor can be a Lord Mayor. Lord Mayor is bestowed by the crown and is very rare. There aren't many in the UK, but where there is a mayor and a Lord Mayor the Lord Mayor definitely takes superiority.

FYI I had to arrange a major event in Stoke-on-Trent a few years back that involved councillors, elected mayor, Lord Mayor (Stoke has both), Belgian and English ambassadors, MP etc and I had to do all the research and liaison too get these in the correct hierarchy. A bit of a ball ache, but quite interesting. Oddly enough, the MP is pretty low down the ladder.
[quote][p][bold]Banjalucka[/bold] wrote: David MacLean - In Wakes at least there is no difference between a Mayor and Lord Mayor. They have no more powers than each other and it is njothing to do with the Crown, except maybe that the council needs permissio0n to add 'Lord'. It only applies to cities and Newpoirt is a city. London arrangements are totally different and have two Mayors - one for council another for trades anjd professions(Annual parade etc)[/p][/quote]Some inaccuracies in your post there. It's true that neither type of mayor has any real power, but the role isn't about power. And councils don't get to decide whether a mayor can be a Lord Mayor. Lord Mayor is bestowed by the crown and is very rare. There aren't many in the UK, but where there is a mayor and a Lord Mayor the Lord Mayor definitely takes superiority. FYI I had to arrange a major event in Stoke-on-Trent a few years back that involved councillors, elected mayor, Lord Mayor (Stoke has both), Belgian and English ambassadors, MP etc and I had to do all the research and liaison too get these in the correct hierarchy. A bit of a ball ache, but quite interesting. Oddly enough, the MP is pretty low down the ladder. DavidMclean
  • Score: -1

11:29am Thu 4 Sep 14

Severn40 says...

'The council spokeswoman said she could not advise whether a council representative would be greeting delegates.'

Surprise, surprise, on BBC News, up pops Bob Bright like Zebedee greeting the delegates.

Clearly the Council knew about this and probably accounts for the removal of the tweet.

Could we have the obligatory comment from Councillor Chris Evans on this matter please?
'The council spokeswoman said she could not advise whether a council representative would be greeting delegates.' Surprise, surprise, on BBC News, up pops Bob Bright like Zebedee greeting the delegates. Clearly the Council knew about this and probably accounts for the removal of the tweet. Could we have the obligatory comment from Councillor Chris Evans on this matter please? Severn40
  • Score: 8

11:37am Thu 4 Sep 14

grandmammamia says...

the dennis wrote:
Bob bright? the backstabbing sh.......
Yup. Bob's there......'Leader of the Council'.
[quote][p][bold]the dennis[/bold] wrote: Bob bright? the backstabbing sh.......[/p][/quote]Yup. Bob's there......'Leader of the Council'. grandmammamia
  • Score: 1

11:44am Thu 4 Sep 14

Woodgnome says...

Lets face it, if Bobby goes he'll just come across as a sour faced old duffer sporting grey stubble and an ill fitting suit!!
Lets face it, if Bobby goes he'll just come across as a sour faced old duffer sporting grey stubble and an ill fitting suit!! Woodgnome
  • Score: 3

11:47am Thu 4 Sep 14

Woodgnome says...

Let's face it, if Bobby goes he'll just come across as a sour faced old duffer sporting grey stubble and an ill fitting suit!!
Let's face it, if Bobby goes he'll just come across as a sour faced old duffer sporting grey stubble and an ill fitting suit!! Woodgnome
  • Score: 13

1:52pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

Thank you David McClean and sorry about my typos. I don't think that link applies to Cardiff's Lord Mayor, other tahn the title goes back decades when Cardiff was a thriving port. From what you say about Stoke that is similar to London who have two mayors. As this does not apply to Cardiff their Lord Mayor is no different or senior to other city mayors, as i said. Certainly in Wales he would not be treated any differently. Very interesting though as there no 2 mayors in Welsh cities and i am surprised it applies to Stke. Many thanks bro.
Thank you David McClean and sorry about my typos. I don't think that link applies to Cardiff's Lord Mayor, other tahn the title goes back decades when Cardiff was a thriving port. From what you say about Stoke that is similar to London who have two mayors. As this does not apply to Cardiff their Lord Mayor is no different or senior to other city mayors, as i said. Certainly in Wales he would not be treated any differently. Very interesting though as there no 2 mayors in Welsh cities and i am surprised it applies to Stke. Many thanks bro. Banjalucka
  • Score: -1

2:06pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

It is now confirmed that the 'Council spokeswoman' knew sometime ago that Bobby would be going instead of the Mayor. Pretty sure Downing Street would have asked the Council who was attending on their behalf. Maybe after a chat with the CX, Bobby made the decision he was going and forget the Con Mayor, Matt. Following that he probably stopped the mayor's Tweets to avoid anyone knowing there was a rift/argument about it. Such subterfuge eh like 'House of Cards' on tele.!
It is now confirmed that the 'Council spokeswoman' knew sometime ago that Bobby would be going instead of the Mayor. Pretty sure Downing Street would have asked the Council who was attending on their behalf. Maybe after a chat with the CX, Bobby made the decision he was going and forget the Con Mayor, Matt. Following that he probably stopped the mayor's Tweets to avoid anyone knowing there was a rift/argument about it. Such subterfuge eh like 'House of Cards' on tele.! Banjalucka
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Woodgnome says...

If there's a right way or a wrong way guess which Bobby goes for? Here are some clues - traveller sites- Chartist Mural!!!
If there's a right way or a wrong way guess which Bobby goes for? Here are some clues - traveller sites- Chartist Mural!!! Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Thu 4 Sep 14

foxy3rd says...

sallyw wrote:
AmberGal wrote:
It's because he is Mayor of Newport not Mayor of 'Vale of Usk, Cardiff' which is where the summit is being held!!!
Why do people keep peddling this myth? The Celtic Manor's own webstie has the address The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley,
NEWPORT, South Wales, NP18 1HQ, United Kingdom, which is absolutely correct as Newport is in the Usk Valley.
The Usk Valley is just a geographical feature.It was added to the Celtic Manors' address by them to , in their minds , put themselves in a " classier " area than Newport.When was it used as an address prior to the Celtic Manor and who in Newport has ever received mail with it on ?
[quote][p][bold]sallyw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AmberGal[/bold] wrote: It's because he is Mayor of Newport not Mayor of 'Vale of Usk, Cardiff' which is where the summit is being held!!![/p][/quote]Why do people keep peddling this myth? The Celtic Manor's own webstie has the address The Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, NEWPORT, South Wales, NP18 1HQ, United Kingdom, which is absolutely correct as Newport is in the Usk Valley.[/p][/quote]The Usk Valley is just a geographical feature.It was added to the Celtic Manors' address by them to , in their minds , put themselves in a " classier " area than Newport.When was it used as an address prior to the Celtic Manor and who in Newport has ever received mail with it on ? foxy3rd
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10:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Independentvoter says...

Is this Argus page just a post for peed off tory councillors
Is this Argus page just a post for peed off tory councillors Independentvoter
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12:57pm Mon 15 Sep 14

Kievskya says...

was most probably disappointed he wouldn't get his appearance money and some free food and drinks
was most probably disappointed he wouldn't get his appearance money and some free food and drinks Kievskya
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