There has been no clear news on the actual numbers who voted on the attempted Coup by some Labour members on Cardiff against leader Heather Joyce as I commented on Tuesday
The size of her win over the challenger, Riverside backbencher Phil Hawkins, was not disclosed to the 46 Labour councillors at the group’s AGM.
However according to Wales Online Several Labour sources, however, said last night that Coun Joyce won the ballot by 24 votes to 22, meaning the vote of a single councillor could have tied the contest."As reported, the deputy leader election remains undecided. After two rounds the incumbent, Trowbridge’s Ralph Cook, remains tied with Canton’s Ramesh PatelBoth camps will spend this week lobbying to secure the extra vote they need, but Coun Patel is now considered the favourite when voting resumes at a second meeting on Monday.Although their bid to topple Coun Joyce and snatch the top job failed, the rebel challengers were last night claiming they were the real winners from Monday’s elections by a score of 2-1.
Not only does the deputy leader post remain tied, but Mary McGarry defeated Russell Goodway for group treasurer and Sue Lent comfortably beat Gretta Marshall to remain chief whip".
I suspect that if Councillor Joyce had one by a margin of over 10 Then Labour would have announced at a special convened press conference
Labour group secretary Coun Keith Jones ,however seems to believe the Electorate of Cardiff should not be told of the extent of the revolt on their Council
“Councillor Joyce was democratically re-elected as Labour Group Leader at the group’s AGM. She has the support of the entire Labour group as Labour continues to deliver on it’s manifesto commitments to the people of Cardiff.So that's alright then.
“Already the Labour council led by Coun Joyce has delivered a freeze in council tax, introduced a living wage for council employees, protected green spaces in Cardiff by designating Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields, and has increased spending in education and social services.
“The Labour Group will never comment on idle and unfounded speculation as to the internal workings of the Labour Group. The economic challenges facing the council are too grave for us to spend one second pandering to malevolent gossip.”
Still the rebels have a strong platform in which to alter the balance of power in their favour of the rebels on Monday when the committee chairmanships are also elected by Labour councillors.
The nine-strong Cabinet are not able to cast vote for these £22,000-a-year jobs, meaning the rebels have a clear path to appoint their own people.
Councillors Michael Michael and Bob Derbyshire, known to be loyal to Coun Joyce’s administration, look likely to lose their positions as chairs of the Planning Committee and Environmental Scrutiny Committee respectively, while the Lord Mayor Derrick Morgan is stepping down as chair of the Licensing and Public Protection committees.
So it means that even if the Rebels win there will be a number of embittered Councillors sulking in the backbenches and glaring at their supposed colleagues who ousted them.
It may be that is is a row between Councillors of the Left and righrt , the latter unhappy with the extent of the Council cuts
But from the outside it looks like a case of ambition on both sides a nd the Labour Group now consists of two opposing fractions.
A Collation in fact not of diffrent parties or ideology but of those who see their ambition being met by a diffrent leader.
Does Cardiff real need to be run by a bunch of councillors who seem to be putting their own political future above the interests of the people who elected them only a year ago?