WITH all the excitement of the national picture, let’s not forget that some fairly seismic changes have taken place at Solihull borough council following the local elections.
Once again it was a disappointing day for the Conservatives, and whilst losing Kingshurst & Fordbridge might not have come as such a surprise, the loss of the affable Ken Hawkins in Elmdon is a blow for them.
Ken Hawkin was unfairly blamed for the loss of the council’s £3 million investment in Icelandic banks - cash the council largely got back. He will be missed by his party in the council chamber and cabinet.
As it was, the Conservatives didn’t officially have overall control of the council prior to the election and all the talk post polling day was of coalitions - but with whom?
With council leader Ken Meeson and Mayor Norman Davies overseas on a twinning mission, deputy leader Bob Sleigh was staying tight lipped about talks, but events could go one of three ways - Lib-Dem/Lab, Tory/Lib Dem, Tory/Lab.
Add to this mix the election of Councillor David Jamieson, former Labour government minister to the council chamber, and it all adds up to an exciting few days ahead.