Conservative former Cambridgeshire County Councillor says new leader Curtis should resign

Cambridgeshire County Council election count at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech. Cllr Steve Tiern

Cambridgeshire County Council election count at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech. Cllr Steve Tierney ( Con) - Credit: Archant

COUNCILLOR Martin Curtis has been Leader of the Council for three days but there are already calls for him to resign.

Former Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Tierney says Cllr Curtis should invite the “coalition rainbow opposition” to run the council and take the Conservatives into opposition.

Cllr Tierney lost his Roman Bank and Peckover seat to UKIP Councillor Alan Lay at the Cambridgeshire County Council elections on May 2.

In his blog Cllr Tierney said: “If I were Cllr Martin Curtis, do you know what I would do?

“I would resign. I would refuse to lead the council under these new conditions and invite the ‘coalition rainbow opposition’ to run the council. I would take the Conservatives into opposition.

“Radical, I know. But right now poor Martin and the Conservative group have the worst of all worlds.

“Almost no ability to get anything done, while the collective opposition can attack from every side and every angle and lay blame for everything on them, while the hungry media flits about overhead like carrion crows. “Martin is a braver man than I and probably wont do any such thing. I wish him the best of luck. He’s going to need it.”

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Cllr Tierney is angry about Cambridgeshire County Council’s decision to scrap the cabinet system and replace it with a committee led structure.

He said: “In my opinion, what happened at County Council had not the slightest thing to do with “transparency” or “democracy” or anything as high-minded.

“Some of it was about settling old scores. Some of it was about political positioning. Some of it was about power. Some of it was just people given a platform and talking for the sake of it.

“But those decisions taken at full council today had not a thing to do with delivering for the people of the county.

“We have a committee system coming back which will cause a political vacuum which will engender at best slow painful decision-making and at worst the very worst kinds of compromise and potential paralysis.”