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All eyes on May

IF the Olton by-election proved that every vote counts, then last week’s Full Council meeting showed the importance of every single councillor.

IF the Olton by-election proved that every vote counts, then last week’s Full Council meeting showed the importance of every single councillor.

Since May, the Lib-Lab group have had an overall majority between them - but only just.

The delicate balance of power has made for a more combustive council chamber.

Last week’s debate on speed cameras was one of the most heated I can remember in recent times.

But the ruling Lib-Lab group must have been angry that their motion was not only blocked, but amended, by the blue side of the chamber.

Two of their councillors were absent and a third, John Reeve, was outside when the vote was taken.

“We’re going to lose this one,” grumbled one of his colleagues, suddenly noticing the empty seat in front.

Coun Reeve returned moments later and looked somewhat bemused when he received a round of cheers from the Tory opposition.

With the coalition holding on by its fingernails, it’s going to make this year’s local elections fascinating to watch.

Last year, the council elections were almost overlooked, with all eyes on Parliament.

This time, every party knows that a seat lost here or there could decide who holds the council.

Think of how close things were in Olton and imagine the scraps to come. It’s going to be quite a show!

 

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