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Harrow Council left with no party in control

Who is running the Harrow Council? Tories with the support of Independent Labour Group!

How come? Councillor David Perry challenged, and has not given any convincing reasons why he challenged, his group leader Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar, ‘Britain’s first Sri Lankan council leader’, who was elected leader of the Labour Group a mere 5 months ago at the time. Nine BME Councillors initially left the Labour Group after the leadership challenge at the Labour Group AGM and formed the Independent Labour Group (ILG) with Councillor Idaikkadar as their leader.

Insecure ILG, anchored by the Tory Group, then formed the council administration with Tories holding the strings as was generally reported. “Harrow Council left with no party in control amid racism row”? – BBC

Incentives? The ILG cabinet members (portfolio holders) got £19,000 each and the two Tory non-executive members of the cabinet (Conservative group leader and her deputy) got £13,000 each per year in the responsibility allowances. Plus most Tory councillors chaired committees and panels and got additional allowances – cosy arrangements!

What happened then? Although the ILG successfully showed down the Labour Group by dramatically breaking away from the group and snatching the power, the group lacked ability to run the council effectively, in our opinion.

Not contented with being the ‘kingmaker’ and getting tired of playing puppeteer, the Tories ditched the Independent Labour Group, ousted the leader of the council Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar and gained the control of the council with Councillor Hall as the leader of the council though a highly controversial process which included ILG voting in Cllr Hall. Harrow finished up in deeper mud, for example, amending the budget and no 20 minutes free parking, making the life of small shopkeepers more miserable. 1/2014



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