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Local Labour party in disarray.

December 5, 2014 1:13 PM

For some time now we have been highlighting the growing discontent that seems to exist within the local Labour party.

The first real public cracks showed in April this year when Penygraig Labour Cllr Ken Privett accused his colleagues in the Cabinet of being part of an "autocracy" seeking "unlimited and outright control" and instigating "despotic, domineering policy."

Of course these views have not been enough to persuade Cllr Privett to resign the group whip and we have heard very little from him since, even on the issue of proposed school closures and reorganisation in his own ward.

A couple of months later there was a Labour revolt at a behind closed doors meeting to give certain officers a pay rise. A number of Labour Cllr were all to eager to speak to us "off the record" then and tell tales of the disruption and infighting going on.

They managed to create enough fuss for the decision to be referred back. However, when it came back to Council again many of those who were against it didn't bother to turn up to the meeting. Again their outrage obviously was not enough for them to actually leave the Labour group.

Then this week we had a almost comedic situation where there were two "call-ins" on the same issue. The Cabinet had decided to close Aberllechau School, following which two requests were submitted to call the decision back for review. One request was signed by a Labour Councillor and two Plaid members, the other signed by two Labour Councillors and an Independent.

Almost unbelievable the call in actually passed. Labour Councillors have the majority on every committee and it is usually the case that call ins are always doomed to failure because of this. There seems little chance that the Cabinet will actually change their minds, but it is yet more evidence of the disagreements currently taking place within the ruling group.